Photo by Erik Simkins/ The AS Review

Photo by Erik Simkins/ The AS Review

By Shawna Leader/The AS Review

A little over a week ago, Black Friday hit and the holiday shopping season officially began. The encouragement to buy as much as possible before it’s all gone can be dizzying at times. Besides, those things cost money and that’s something not many college students have. The solution? Make your own gifts! A homemade gift, especially one that tastes delicious, will help you save money, avoid crowds and please everyone on your gift list. Even if you’re not partaking in the gift-giving, these gingerbread cookies are a great wintertime snack, especially when paired with a cup of cider.

What You’ll Need:
2 cups all-purpose flour; ½ teaspoon salt; ½ teaspoon baking soda; 1 teaspoon baking powder; 1 teaspoon ground ginger; 1 teaspoon ground cloves; 1 ½ teaspoons cinnamon; ½ teaspoon nutmeg; ½ cup butter; ½  cup granulated sugar; ½  cup molasses; 1 egg yolk

How To Do It:

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

2. Combine flour, salt, baking soda, baking powder, ground ginger, cloves, cinnamon and nutmeg. Set aside.

3. In another bowl, mix butter, sugar and molasses until creamy. Add egg yolk and mix well.

4. Mix the flour mixture with the wet ingredients. If you like, you may chill the dough in the fridge for an hour to make it easier to handle.

5. Roll out the dough on a lightly floured surface such as a cutting board. Using floured cookie cutters, cut out cookies and place them on a greased baking sheet. Bake for 8 minutes for softer cookies and 10 minutes for crisper cookies.