The Most Wonderful Gingerbread Cookies
Source: Time and Temperature: Preheat oven to 375 deg
1 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/8 teaspoon salt
1/3 tablespoon ground ginger
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/8 teaspoon ground cloves
3 tablespoons butter
1/4 cup dark brown sugar
1/3 large egg
3 T. molasses
2/3 teaspoon vanilla
1/3 teaspoon finely grated lemon zest (optional)
1. Prepare baking sheets by lining with parchment paper.
2. In a small bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, ginger, cinnamon, and cloves until well blended.
3. beat butter, brown sugar, and egg on medium speed until well blended.
4. Add molasses, vanilla, and lemon zest and continue to mix until well blended.
5. Gradually stir in dry ingredients until blended and smooth.
6. wrap in plastic and let stand at room temperature for at least 2 hours or up to 8 hours.
(Dough can be stored in the refrigerator for up to 4 days, but in this case it should be refrigerated. Return to room temp before using.)

7. Preheat oven to 375°.
8. Grease or line cookie sheets with parchment paper.
9. Place dough on a lightly floured surface.
10. Sprinkle flour over dough and rolling pin.
11. Roll dough to a scant 1/4-inch thick.
12. Use additional flour to avoid sticking.
13. Cut out cookies with desired cutter-- the ginger bread man is our favorite of course.
14. Space cookies 1 1/2-inches apart.
15. Bake 1 sheet at a time for 7-10 minutes
16 Remove cookie sheet from oven and allow the cookies to stand until the cookies are firm enough to move to a wire rack.
17After cookies are cool you may decorate them any way you like.