Bake gingerbread cookies for a smart seasonal treat

(NC) Impress your guests with this delicious, budget-friendly recipe for gingerbread people. Get the kids involved in the prep and decorating process for a fun time together as a family.

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Oatmeal Gingerbread Cookies

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup butter softened, or margarine
  • 0.75 cup brown sugar, firmly packed
  • 0.5 cup molasses
  • 1 egg
  • 3.33 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1.5 cups large flake oats (uncooked)
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1 tsp ground ginger
  • 0.5 tsp ground nutmeg
  • 0.5 tsp baking soda
  • 0.25 tsp salt (optional)
  • Ready-to-spread frosting
  • Candies, assorted

Directions:

  1. Beat margarine and sugar until creamy. Add molasses and egg; beat well. Add combined flour, oats, spices, baking soda and salt; mix well. Cover; chill about 2 hours.
  2. Heat oven to 350°F.
  3. On floured surface, roll dough out about ¼-inch-thick for a chewy cookie or 1/8 inch thick for a crisp cookie. Cut with 5-inch gingerbread man or woman cookie cutter. Transfer to ungreased cookie sheets.
  4. Bake 8 to 10 minutes or until set.
  5. Cool 1 minute on cookie sheets; remove to wire rack. Cool completely.
  6. Frost and decorate cookies with candies. Store loosely covered at room temperature.

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