¾ cup of butter (1 ½ sticks sweet butter)
1 cup sugar
¼ cup molasses
2 ½ cups all purpose flour
2 tsps baking soda
½ tsp salt
½ tsp cinnamon
½ tsp ground ginger
½ tsp cloves
1/8 tsp black pepper
Sanding sugar (for decorating cookies)
Ingredients for glaze
¾ cups confectionery sugar
1 Tbl melted butter
1 Tbl milk
½ tsp vanilla
Begin by wisking all the dry ingredients together in a separate bowl.
In a mixer or by hand cream the butter and the sugar, add the egg and
the molasses and beat for about 1 minute.
Slowly add the flour mixture and mix each time you add more flour mix.
Place the finished dough on your work surface, and make 6 even balls of dough,
then shape each ball into a 9” log.
Place the logs on a cookie sheet (3 logs to a cookie sheet)
Flatten the logs slightly with the palm of your hands and brush the tops with water
and sprinkle with sanding sugar.
Then place the cookies in the refrigerator for about 10 to 15 minutes.
Bake in a pre heated 350 degree oven for about 12 to 15 minutes.
Allow the cookies to cool for about 5 minutes,then cut the cookies
on the diagonal and do not separate the cookies until they are completely cooled.
Method for the glaze
Wisk together the ingredients for the glaze to a drizzling consistency.