My husband's favorite cookie is a spiced cookie. It is almost like a ginger snap but has more clove and all spice in it. The brand that he likes only comes out during the fall and winter. So I began my experiment in making a cookie similar to the ones he likes. So here is my recipe for Spiced Ginger Cookies.
3/4 cup of softened butter
1 cup of sugar
1 cup of unsulfured molasses
1 teaspoon of baking soda
3 1/2 cups of flour
2 teaspoons of ground ginger
1/2 teaspoon of nutmeg
3/4 teaspoon of allspice
3/4 teaspoon of ground cloves
pinch of salt
1 tablespoon of finely chopped candied ginger
Combine butter and sugar together, beat until fluffy. In another bowl, combine molasses and baking soda. Add molasses mixture to butter mixture, stir until ingredients are combined. In another bowl shift flour, and spices together. Slowly add flour mixture to butter mixture while stirring. Stir in candied ginger.
Form dough into a ball and wrap in plastic wrap. Refrigerate for about 4 hours.
Divide dough in half. Roll one half of the dough on a lightly floured surface to 1/4 inch thickness. (I found the thicker the better if they are to thin they burn easily.) Cut using cookie cutter of your choice. Bake on a cookie sheet covered in parchment paper for 10-12 minutes. Makes around 2 dozen.