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Molasses Spice Cutouts

 Molasses Spice Cutouts
Meet the Cook: It hardly ever fails - when I send these cookies to school with out youngsters (15 and 12), I'm almost always asked for the recipe by their teachers! -Doris Heinen, St. Cloud, Minnesota
42 ServingsPrep: 30 min. + chilling Bake: 15 min./batch + cooling

Ingredients

  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 1-1/2 cups sugar
  • 1 cup light molasses
  • 1/2 cup cold coffee
  • 6 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
  • ICING (optional):
  • 1 envelope unflavored gelatin
  • 3/4 cup cold water
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 3/4 cup confectioners' sugar
  • 3/4 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • Colored sugar
  • Decorator icing, optional

Directions

  • In a 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 a little additional flour before rolling. On a
  • lightly floured surface, roll dough to a 1/4-in. thickness. Cut with

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Molasses Spice Cutouts (continued)

Directions (continued)

  • holiday cutters dipped in flour. Place on ungreased baking sheets.
  • Bake at 350° for 12-15 minutes. Cool on wire racks.
  • For icing if desired combine gelatin and water in a small saucepan.
  • Let stand for 5 minutes to soften. Add sugar. Heat and stir over
  • very low heat until the gelatin and sugar dissolve. Transfer to a
  • bowl. Add confectioners' sugar; beat until foamy. Add baking powder
  • and vanilla; beat until very thick, about 10 minutes.
  • Frost cookies by inverting them and quickly swirling the tops in the
  • icing; decorate with colored sugar. For traditional gingerbread men,
  • use decorator icing to add features as desired. Yield: about 7-8
  • dozen (2-1/2-in cookies).
Nutritional Facts: 1 serving (2 each) equals 152 calories, 5 g fat (3 g saturated fat), 12 mg cholesterol, 164 mg sodium, 26 g carbohydrate, trace fiber, 2 g protein.