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½ cup (1 stick) butter, softened
½ cup white sugar
1 large egg yolk
½ cup molasses (not blackstrap)
2 cups non-bleached all-purpose flour
½ teaspoon salt
½ teaspoon baking powder
½ teaspoon baking soda
½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
½ teaspoon ground cloves
½ teaspoon ground ginger
½ teaspoon ground nutmeg
Beat butter and sugar in a large bowl with an electric mixer on low speed until mostly incorporated, 1 to 2 minutes. Increase speed to medium-high and beat until light and fluffy, another 2 to 3 minutes. Beat in egg yolk, then molasses.
Whisk flour, salt, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon, cloves, ginger, and nutmeg in a separate bowl until well combined. Gradually add flour mixture to the molasses mixture, beating until well blended and smooth.
Divide dough in half and form each into a 1-inch-thick disk. Wrap in plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least 1 to 3 hours, or overnight.
When ready to bake, preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
Take the chilled dough and place on a lightly floured surface. Working from the center to the edges, roll dough with a floured rolling pin to a thickness of 1/4 inch.
Cut dough into desired shapes with cookie cutters, dipping the cutters into flour as needed so they don't stick to the dough.
Transfer gingerbread cookies to ungreased cookie sheets, spacing them 2 inches apart. Bake 8-10 minutes until firm. Cool and decorate as desired.