These yummy cookies are very much like the old fashioned gingersnaps. They are well worth making and we can thank Marie for this one too.
Bake these cookies for 8 minutes in a 375ºF oven.
1/3 cup molasses
½ cup butter
2 cups flour
1/3 cup brown sugar
1 ½ tsp. ground ginger
½ tsp. baking soda
½ tsp. ground cinnamon
¼ tsp. salt
¼ tsp. ground black pepper
1/8 tsp. ground cloves
1 egg lightly beaten
In a saucepan combine the molasses and the butter, then cook and stir over low heat until the butter is melted. Remove from the heat; pour the mixture into large bowl and allow it to cool to room temperature.
In a second bowl stir together the flour, brown sugar, ginger, baking soda, cinnamon, salt, pepper and cloves. Set the mixture aside.
Stir the egg into the cooled molasses mixture. Then stir in the flour mixture until the ingredients have combined to form dough. Divide the dough in half. On waxed paper shape each dough half into a 1½ inch square log, about 5½ inches long. Wrap and chill the logs in the freezer for about 30 minutes.
Preheat the oven to 375ºF. Slice the logs into 1/8 inch slices and place the pieces 1 inch apart on ungreased cookie sheets. Prick each piece several times with a fork. Bake for 8 to 10 minutes or until the edges are firm and lightly brown. Transfer the cookies to wire racks, cool them completely; then sprinkle them with powdered sugar.