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Molasses Cutouts

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Ingredients
  All purpose flour 3 3⁄4 Cup (60 tbs)
  Baking soda 1 Teaspoon
  Salt 1⁄2 Teaspoon
  Cocoa 2 Tablespoon
  Ground ginger 1 Teaspoon
  Ground cinnamon 1 Teaspoon
  Ground cloves 1 Teaspoon
  Butter/Margarine 1 Cup (16 tbs), softened (2 Sticks)
  Sugar 1 Cup (16 tbs)
  Egg 1
  Light molasses 1⁄2 Cup (8 tbs)
  Frosting 1⁄4 Cup (4 tbs) (Use The Ornamental Type)
Directions

1. Sift flour, baking soda, salt, cocoa, ginger, cinnamon and cloves onto wax paper.
2. Beat butter or margarine until fluffy in a large bowl with electric mixer at high speed; add sugar gradually, beating well after each addition. Add egg and molasses; beat well. Stir in flour mixture; blend well. Wrap in plastic wrap or aluminum foil; refrigerate several hours, or overnight.
3. Roll out dough, a quarter at a time, on a floured pastry cloth or pastry board; cut into animal shapes with 3-inch cookie cutters. Place on cookie sheets.
4. Bake in moderate oven (350°) for 8 minutes, or until edges are browned. Let cookies cool a few minutes on cookie sheets. Remove to wire racks with spatula; cool.
5. Decorate the cookies with ornamental frosting, following directions Store them in an airtight metal container.

Recipe Summary

Course: 
Dessert
Method: 
Baked
Dish: 
Cookie

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