Molasses spice cutouts

Yield: 30 servings

Measure Ingredient
1 cup Butter or margarine --
Softened
1½ cup Sugar
1 cup Light molasses
½ cup Coffee -- cold
6 cups All-purpose flour
2 teaspoons Baking soda
1 teaspoon Salt
½ teaspoon Ground nutmeg
¼ teaspoon Ground cloves
Icing (optional):
1 Envelope gelatin --
Unflavored
¾ cup Cold water
¾ cup Sugar
¾ cup Confectioner's sugar
¾ teaspoon Baking powder
½ teaspoon Vanilla extract
Colored sugar or nonpareils
Decorator Icing -- optional

In a mixing bowl, cream butter and sugar; beat in molasses and coffee. Stir together flour, baking soda, salt and spices; add to molasses mixture and mix well. Chill dough 1-2 hours or until easy to handle. If needed, add little additional flour before rolling. On a lightly floured surface, roll dough to a ¼ inch thickness. Cut with holiday cutters dipped in flour. Place on ungreased baking sheets.

Bake at 350 deg. for 12 to 15 min. Cool on wire racks. For icing, if desired, combine gelatin and water in a small saucepan. Let stand for 5 min. to soften. Add sugar. Heat and stir over very low heat until the gelatin and sugar dissolve. Transfer to a mixing bowl. Add confectioners' sugar; beat until foamy. Add baking powder and vanilla; beat until very thick, about 10 min. Frost cookies by inverting them and quickly swirling the top in the icing; decorate with colored sugar or nonpareils. For traditional gingerbread men, use decorator icing to add features as desired Yield: about 7-8 doz.

(2½ in cookies)

Recipe By : Country Woman

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