German Gingerbread Cookie Recipe

3/4 cups Softened butter or margarine
1/2 cups Brown sugar
2 teaspoons Ground ginger
1/2 teaspoons Salt
1 teaspoons Ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoons Ground cloves
1 Eggs
3/4 cups Molasses
1 teaspoons Baking soda
1/2 teaspoons Baking powder
3 cups Flour

Combine all ingredients and mix well. Form dough into balls approximately the size of a walnut. Place balls on a well-greased baking sheet about 3″ to 4″ apart. Flatten each ball using the bottom of a glass which has been dipped in white sugar. Bake for 6-9 minutes at 325 degress F.

Alternately, the dough can be chilled in refrigerator several hours or overnight and then rolled into shapes. Roll chilled dough out and cut into shapes using festive gingerbread men cookie cutters or cut out shapes using a pattern made of cardboard. Add additional flour if dough is sticky. Bake for the same amount of time as the round version of cookies.

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