‘Tis the season to be jolly fa-la-la-la-la-la-la-la-la. Love actually is all around. Bye buddy, hope you find your dad. Let it snow, let it snow, let it snow. Chestnuts roasting on an open fire. You go Glenn Coco. Happy Hanukkah.

It may not feel like Christmastime with the 50 degree weather, but the smell of these cookies will remind you that the holiday season has arrived. Don’t forget to leave some for Good Old St. Nick hoppin’ down the chimney. Merry Christmas!

2 c. flour (and more for rolling)
2 tsp. ground ginger
1 tsp. cinnamon
1/4 tsp. ground cloves
1/4 tsp. baking powder
pinch of salt
1/2 c. butter
1/3 c. brown sugar
1/3 c. molasses
1 egg

Combine flour, ginger, cinnamon, cloves, baking powder, and salt in a large bowl. In a separate bowl, soften the butter and then stir in brown sugar, molasses, and egg. Pour the wet ingredients into the dry and mix well. Split dough in half and make each into a circular disk, an inch or so thick. Allow dough to chill in refrigerator for at least 2 hours. Flour a surface well and roll out the dough until about 1/4-inch thick, and then use cookie cutters or your own creativity to make cookies into wonderful shapes. Bake for 15 minutes at 350 or until the edges begin to darken. Allow to cool before decorating.