The feelings and smells of the holiday season can be enjoyed any time of year when you have these delicious cookies baking in your oven.
During the Medieval times, "gingerbread" meant preserved ginger and didn't become a part of desserts that are commonly known to us until the late 1500s. It was also once used to disguise the taste of preserved meats.
Henry VIII used ginger as a deterrent against the plague or what was also called the sweating disease.
According to PBS, the first gingerbread recipe was first introduced in Greece around 2400 BC. The Chinese made their variations in the 10th century and by the Middle Ages the Europeans had created their own kind of sweet treats.
The softer version made in pans (like the one I've included) were more common in America and became a way to assist voters in their decisions.
Although you can use substitutes, it's a better idea to follow the recipe as it is written. I tried substitutes, but it doesn't capture the right taste.
Chewy Ginger Cookies
3/4 Cup butter, softened
• 1 Cup white granulated sugar
• 1 Egg (lightly beaten)
• 1/4 C. molasses
• 2 1/4 Cup flour
• 2 Teaspoons ground ginger
• 1 teaspoon baking soda
• 3/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
• 1/2 teaspoon ground cloves
Beat butter, sugar egg and molasses.
2. Stir in flour ginger, baking soda, cinnamon and cloves.
3. Shape dough into 1 1/2 " balls
4. Bake at 350° for 8-10 minutes.
5. Cool for 2 minutes.
6. Serve and enjoy.