"These easy iced ginger cookies are soft and chewy in texture, with a spicy cinnamon flavor that can be enjoyed anytime of year. You can ice them any way you like, for example with cream cheese frosting and caramel drizzle, or enjoy as they are."
Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C). Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or a Silpat(R) baking mat.
Combine sugar, ginger, cinnamon, baking soda, nutmeg, and salt in a bowl and mix well. Add molasses, melted butter, evaporated milk, and vanilla extract and mix well. Add flour, stirring constantly, 1 cup at a time until just combined. Add up to 1/4 cup of additional flour if dough is too sticky.
Place spoonfuls of dough 2 inches apart on the prepared baking sheet. Flatten the dough with floured fingertips to about 1/4-inch thickness.
Bake in the preheated oven until cookies are lightly browned, about 10 minutes. Transfer to a rack and cool completely before frosting, at least 30 minutes.
Beat cream cheese and 1/4 cup butter together in a bowl using an electric mixer until well blended. Add confectioners' sugar and vanilla extract. Beat frosting until creamy.
Combine caramels and half-and-half in a small saucepan over low heat. Cook, stirring constantly, until caramels are completely melted and the sauce is blended, about 10 minutes.
Frost cooled cookies with the frosting, drizzle with the caramel sauce, and sprinkle with sea salt.
Another great topping is maple icing with bacon bits. Cream 4 ounces of cream cheese and 2 tablespoons of butter together in a bowl. Stir in 2 cups of powdered confectioners' sugar, 1/4 teaspoon of vanilla extract and 1/2 teaspoon maple flavored extract and mix until well combined. Frost cooled cookies with the maple icing and top with bacon bits.