As a little girl, one of my favorite things about the holidays was making gingerbread houses with my mother. My mom's gingerbread was thick and spicy, and I couldn't wait to build my house just so I could tear it apart and eat it.

These cookies were born out of those memories. Instead of the rigid cookies that edible-house building requires, these cookies are soft and chewy. They're also heavy on the spices, with lots of rich molases, cinnamon, and - of course - GINGER! I think they're perfect for the winter, and go great with a nice mug of spiked apple cider. 

Step 1: Step 1: Get ready

First, Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C), and line a cookie sheet with parchment paper.

Then, gather your ingredients:
   * 3 cups flour (I prefer unbleached, "all-purpouse" flour for this recipe.)
   * 4 teaspoons ground ginger
   * 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
   * 1 teaspoon ground cloves
   * 1 teaspoon baking soda
   * 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
   * 1/4 teaspoon salt
   * 3/4 cup margarine
   * 1/2 cup  brown sugar
   * 1/2 cup white sugar
   * 1 egg
   * 1 tablespoon apple cider (OR orange juice)
   * 3/4 cup molasses (Use the full flavor, or even the "Robust" - if you can handle it!)
   * small pile (a few tablespoons) white sugar in a shallow dish
Just tried your recipe and they came out great, thanks! I'm not a frequent baker so I left the second batch in a little too long but they still came out well, just crispier instead of chewy. Also, I substituted unsalted butter for the margarine. Really nice Christmas day baking!
Hey Bakerguy,<br><br>Happy to hear that you liked the recipe! <br><br>I've tried using butter instead of margarine for health reasons (I try to avoid partially-hydrogenated anything) but in my experience the cookies were less chewy with the butter. I'm glad the cookies still came out allright. <br><br>I love baking these around the winter holidays - the whole house smells so spicy and delicious. <br><br>Merry Christmas!
If you have an ice cream maker, I *HIGHLY* recommend trying a cinnamon ice cream with these (maybe that should be my next Instructable?) Or if not, a nice vanilla bean would be great too...
Great photos. :D And they look super delicious!
Thanks a lot! I hope you give them a try!
Delicious! Nice idea putting them with ice cream!

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