I love this recipe for molasses cookies -- it's quick to mix up a batch and the dough is not sticky so it's easy to handle. Plus the cookies look wonderful decorated with gumdrops!
Whisk together: 3 cups of all-purpose (unbleached white) flour, 1 1/2 tsp. baking powder, 3/4 tsp. baking soda and 1/4 tsp. salt.
Mix with the dry ingredients until well combined: 6 Tblsp. unsalted butter (softened), 3/4 cup packed brown sugar, 1 large egg, 1/2 cup molasses and 2 tsp. vanilla.
Form the dough into two balls, wrap in wax-paper and allow to sit at room temperature for 2 hours or refrigerate for as long as 2 days (but bring to room temperature before rolling out the dough.)
Preheat oven to 375 F. Sprinkle a bit of flour on your work-surface and on top of the flattened ball of dough. Roll to 1/4 inch thick, cut shapes and place on baking sheet lined with parchment paper (or greased cookie sheet.) Bake 7-9 minutes, allow to cool and apply gum drops! (I mixed 1 cup of powdered sugar with 3-4 tsp. of water to make a bit of icing.)
Wishing you happy cookie-making!