I have never been a fan of gingerbread cookies, but on one Saturday morning in December, years ago, I went out antiquing with a friend of mine. We met at her house mid morning where she served us peppermint tea and gingerbread cookies. These were not only some of the best gingerbread cookies I've ever tasted, they are some of the best cookies I've tasted period! I just had to get the recipe! I love them and have made them every holiday season ever since! NOTE: This dough is very soft and doesn't crumble. Handle it gently and you will be rewarded with a very moist, soft and delicious cookie.