Holiday Spice Cookies (aka Human Shaped Biscuits)

Christmas has it’s roots in the Pagan festival of Saturnalia. Which is traditionally celebrated by intoxication, naked singing and the consumption of human shaped biscuits.” - Dr. Temperence “Bones” Brennan

YIELD:  24 cookies

  • 1/2 cup (1 sticks) unsalted butter, softened
  • 3/4 cup granulated superfine sugar
  • 1 1/2 Tablespoons dark molasses (Note: Do not use Black Treacle!)
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 Tablespoon milk 
  • 1 Tablespoon of Vanilla Paste/good Vanilla
  • 1 2/3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoons cinnamon (*double amount for Hungarian spices)
  • 3/4 teaspoon ginger
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cardamom (*double amount for Hungarian spices)
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves (*double amount for Hungarian spices)
  • parchement paper, cookie sheet, cookie cutter (we like the people shaped cookie cutters aka gingerbread men)

(*Note: The spices we have been able to obtain in Hungary are not as intense as those from Penzey’s spices)

  1. In the large bowl of an electric mixer, cream the butter, gradually add sugar until fully incorporated into butter. Continue to beat until light and smooth and doubled in size. Add molasses, egg, milk and vanilla, blend well. 
  2. In a separate bowl, mix together the flour, soda, salt and spices. 
  3. With mixer at low speed, gradually beat the flour mixture into the butter mixture, beating just until combined.  Wrap dough in plastic wrap or ziplock bag. Refrigerate for 12-24 hours.
  4. Preheat oven to 350 degrees and cut parchment paper to fit cookie sheet, 
  5. Preheat cookie sheet in oven (or the first batch will cook differently than following batches)
  6. Remove dough from refrigerator.
  7. On a lightly floured surface, roll out dough 1/8- to 1/4-inch thick. Dip cookie cutter in flour, and make shapes. 
  8. Place cookies 1-inch apart on the pre-cut parchment paper sheets. Transfer loaded parchment paper to hot cookie sheet and Bake for 9 to 11 minutes until lightly browned. Remove sheet from oven and let stand for 1 minute. Slide entire sheet of parchment paper with cookies onto counter and let cool completely before storing or frosting.
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