As part of Abbie's month-long Christmas Cookie Recipe Swap, here is the recipe for one of her favorites: Gingerbread Men.
8 Tablespoons (1 stick) unsalted butter, softened
1/2 cup packed light brown sugar
3/4 cup unsulfured molasses
1 large egg
3 cups all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons ground ginger
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon ground cloves
1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
Beat butter on high until creamy, about 1 minute. Add brown sugar and continue beating until light in color and texture, about 2 minutes. Beat in molasses and egg. Sift together flour, baking soda, salt and spices. Gradually work flour mixture into creamed mixture to form a soft dough. Scrape dough into airtight plastic container and cover. Refrigerate until firm enough to roll out, about 4 hours. Roll out to approximately 1/4 inch thick on a floured surface and use cookie cutters to cut. Cook in preheated oven, set at 350, for 8 minutes.
Use royal icing or buttercream frosting to decorate.