One of our favorite Christmas treats. These cookies are light, crisp and spicy! Perfect with a glass of milk or a cup of coffee, cocoa or tea in front of the fire place!
~ preheat oven to 350 degrees F. ~
3/4 cup unsalted butter, softened
3/4 cup sugar
1/2 cup molasses
1 large egg, beaten
3 cups all purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
2 teaspoons cinnamon
2 teaspoons ginger
2 teaspoons ground cloves
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon finely ground black pepper
1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
Cream butter and sugar. Add molasses and egg. Stir in remaining ingredients until evenly incorporated. Chill, covered, for 4 hours. Roll to 1/8 inch thick on floured surface. Cut with cookie cutters. Place on ungreased cookie sheet. Bake for 8 to 10 minutes, or until edges are slightly browned. Cool completely. Decorate with frosting or a light dusting of powdered sugar. Store in an airtight container in a cool, dry place. Freeze whatever you don’t plan on eating in 10 days.