1/4 cup butter
1/2 cup white or brown sugar
1/2 cup dark molasses
3 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon cloves
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
2 teaspoon ground ginger
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 cup water
1/4 cup powdered sugar
* a few drops of water
* a drop or two of food coloring
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
In a large bowl using an electric mixer, cream butter and sugar. Beat in molasses. Sift to
gether flour, baking soda, cloves, cinnamon, ginger, and salt. Add sifted ingredients to c
reamed mixture in three parts, alternating with water and ending with dry ingredients.
Roll dough out and cut with cookie cutters. Gently lift with a metal spatula and place on
a greased cookie sheet.(Or you can roll dough directly on a cookie sheet, cut desired shap
e and remove excess dough from around the shapes.
Decorate before baking with bits of condied fruit, red-hots, raisins, or marshmallows. (Ca
n be decorated with colored icing after baking. Bake for approximately 8 minutes. Test for
doneness by pressing the dough with your finger. If it springs bake after pressing, the c
ookies are ready to be cooled on a rack.
Cookie Icing: In a small bowl, add water to powdered sugar until desired consistency is re
Add food coloring until desired color is achieved.
Apply icing with a wooden pick or small knife for other features; caps, hair, belts or sho