Ginger Spice Cookies

3/4 c. (1 1/2 sticks) unsalted butter, softened

1/2 cup brown sugar

1/2 cup granulated sugar

1 egg

1/4 cup molasses

2 1/3 cup flour

1 1/2 t. baking soda

1/4 t. salt

1/2 t. cloves

3/4 t. cinnamon

2 t. ginger

1/4 t. ground white pepper

Turbinado sugar or granulated sugar (for rolling)

Cream butter and sugars. Add egg, mixing until just incorporated, then mix in molasses. Whisk together dry ingredients and add, mixing just to combine. Chill dough about 1 hour. Scoop into balls and roll each ball in sugar. Flatten balls slightly with the bottom of a glass or measuring cup. Bake at 350 on parchment-lined baking sheets 11-13 minutes or until set. Let cool on pan 5 minutes and then remove to a cooling rack.

Optional Icing Recipe:

Whisk together:

2 cups powdered sugar

2 T. powdered egg white or meringue powder

1 T. milk

minced zest of 1 lemon

juice of 1/2 lemon

Spread a little icing on each cookie and allow to harden.

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