|1 teaspoon||Baking soda|
|½ cup||Sweet butter|
|2 teaspoons||Grated orange rind|
This gingery cookie is crisp and has a hint of orange flavor. It is ideal for gingerbread people or holiday cookie shapes.
In a large bowl, sift together flour, baking soda and spices. In a medium bowl, cream butter and sugar together, then add egg, molasses, salt and orange rind. Mix well. Stir into dry ingredients. Form dough into a ball shape. Wrap in plastic wrap and chill overnight.
Preheat oven to 375ø. Roll out to ¼-inch thick on floured surface.
Cut into desired shapes. Place shapes unto ungreased cookie sheets and bake at 375ø for 8-10 minutes until lightly browned around edges.
Transfer to wire racks to cool. Note: Dough will keep up to one week, refrigerated. Cookies can be stored up to 3 weeks in cookie tins.
Variation: Decorate cookies with raisins, colored sugar, silver dots, etc. before cooking. Or ice them after they have cooled.
Yield: 3½ dozen. Amanda Cushman, freelance recipe developer and food writer, New York, NY
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