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Soft Gingerbread Cookies that Don't Spread

Soft, sweet and gingery-ful Gingerbread cookies that don't spread and make PERFECT gingerbread men.
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 11 minutes
Total Time 26 minutes
Servings 24
Author NerdyMamma.com

Ingredients

  • 4 cups Flour
  • 1 tsp Baking Soda
  • 1/4 tsp Baking Powder
  • 1/2 tsp Salt
  • 1 tsp ground Cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp ground Allspice
  • 1/4 tsp ground Cloves
  • 1/8 tsp ground Nutmeg
  • 1 tsp ground Ginger
  • 1/2 cup granulated Sugar
  • 1/2 cup Light Brown Sugar
  • 1/2 cup Molasses
  • 2 T Butter softened
  • 1/3 cup Applesauce
  • 1/4 cup Water
  • 1 Egg beaten
  • 1/2 tsp Vanilla Extract

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350°.
  2. Grease 2 cookie sheets.
  3. In a medium mixing bowl, combine 3 cups of flour, baking soda, baking powder, and spices–mix well and set aside.
  4. In a large mixing bowl, cream the butter. Add the granulated and brown sugars and beat until light and fluffy. Add the egg and mix well. Add the molasses, applesauce, and vanilla extract–mix well.
  5. Incorporate the flour mixture and stir. The result should be a stiff (yet soft) dough. If the dough feels sticky, add more flour.
  6. Cover with plastic wrap placed on top of the dough and refrigerate at least 30 minutes.
  7. Flour a cutting mat or wax paper and roll out the dough to 1/4-inch thick.
  8. Use a cookie cutter to cut the dough into shapes.
  9. Place cookies on cookie sheets and bake 9 to 11 minutes (edges should be golden).
  10. Immediately remove cookies to wire rack to cool–after about 10 minutes, the cookies should stiff but still pliable and soft on the inside.
  11. Save one for me!