I wish I could give credit where credit is due, with this recipe. I found it among some children's books about holidays in other countries and copied the recipe to try, but failed to note the source on my copy. There are lots of variations on this recipe on line, but this is a nice simple version with which to start.
- 3 cups sifted flour (I replace 1 cup with whole wheat flour)
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 1 1/2 teaspoons of ground ginger, ground cloves and cinnamon
- 1 cup butter or (non-transfat) margarine
- 1 cup dark brown sugar
- 2 egg whites
- Sift together flour, spices and soda.
- Cream butter and sugar until very fluffy then beat in egg whites. Slowly work in dry ingredients.
- Wrap and chill for 12 hours.
- Heat oven to 350 degrees F.
- Roll out dough to 1/4 inch thickness on lightly floured board. Cut into shapes with cookie cutters.
- Bake on ungreased baking sheet for 10-12 minutes until light brown on edges. Cool on wire racks.
- Serve plain, dusted with powdered sugar, or frosted and decorated. Or, pierce with needle after baking before cookie hardens to thread with ribbon and hang on tree.
Photo by Aisling, Cookie Cutters, November 2006