I started by gathering all the needed ingredients and had them all measured out. I find it's east to do this while the butter is getting softened at room temperature. You'll notice I cut the butter up into chunks.....even after I measured out all the ingredients and cleaned up a bit, it was still not as soft as I wanted it, and cutting it into smaller pieces helps speed this step along.
After the butter was softened enough, I added it along with the sugar and molasses to my mixing bowl.
I mixed until blended and then added the egg and vanilla and when it was good and blended, I mixed all the dry ingredients into one bowl.
I then took a whisk and blended all these dry ingredients together before adding them to the wet ingredients. I always do this as I want to make sure the spices are evenly distributed. Once they everything was blended together, it looked like this:
I then used a small scoop, to make even portions to put on my cookie sheet and lightly flattened them with my hand. As you can see, my cookie sheets are well used. LOL
When they were baked, I carefully transferred them to a cooling rack. I made up the lemon glaze but I added more powdered sugar than the recipe stated....I can't tell you how much, but until it looked and felt right to me. I then put the icing in a ziplock bag and sniped off a tiny corner and drizzled the cooled cookies.
After they were completely dry, I arranged them on a serving tray and ta da, cookies for some folks at work tomorrow.
Hope you enjoyed my little tutorial and that you find it helpful. I hope that maybe there's someone out there who will benefit from seeing the process step by step.