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The sweet, warm, spiced notes of gingerbread cookies say “holiday” regardless of whether you decorate the cookies, and these are doubly tasty when paired with a hot drink. Cut the cookies into circles or make them into any shape you desire; just be mindful that baking times change with the shape. And if you want to decorate them to resemble your favorite jailbird celebrity, along with assembling a jailhouse, check this out.
What to buy: There are various intensities of molasses available, from light to blackstrap, and after trying nearly all of them, we found that dark (sometimes marketed as robust) tastes best in this dough. (It is the most traditional type to use in gingerbread, though some taste testers also enjoyed the cookies made with light molasses.) Molasses can be found at health food stores and gourmet markets.