I'm not sure if the Christmas baking season is complete until you have made some gingerbread people or houses! For many years now, (since my very first gingerbread house competition in high school), I've been making this dough every year, and having fun decorating the cut outs, and/or houses, etc. This recipe is actually a basic one that came from my Culinary School days. The recipe calls for "Bread flour", (which is a high protein flour- perfect for high gluten items such as breads). Bread flour would make the dough more durable for constructing gingerbread houses. But, I have used regular AP flour for years, (which is the next best substitute among the types of flours), and it works just fine. Baking these cookies makes your house smell like Christmas heaven! I absolutely love the smell of gingerbread, and they taste like they smell- simply divine! Molasses is such a unique flavor, and it's what gives this recipe the color and dominate flavor. If you have never tried your hand at making gingerbread, I highly recommend you try this recipe! Even if the flavor isn't your favorite, it's fun to just get creative and decorate a gingerbread house with your friends, kids, or family, and there are so many great house cutters/ forms that have come out in recent years making it that much easier to create your own. Does this have to be limited to just Christmas? Of course not! I'm sure you've seen the "haunted house" kits in stores around Halloween, and really any holiday or event would be a good reason to get creative and let your imagination run wild! Plus, you can eat it, and it's so spicy and delicious!