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                        HOLIDAY GINGERBREAD COOKIES
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 Serving Size  : 24   Preparation Time :0:00
 Categories    : Cookies
   Amount  Measure       Ingredient -- Preparation Method
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      3/4   c            Molasses, light or dark
      3/4   c            Margarine (1-1/2 sticks)
      3/4   c            Sugar, brown firmly packed
    3 2/3   c            Flour, all-purpose
    2       ts           Ginger, ground
    2       ts           Cinnamon, ground
    1       t            Baking Powder
      1/2   ts           Baking Soda
      1/2   ts           Nutmeg, ground
    1                    Egg
                         Icing and assorted candies
   In 3-quart saucepan over medium heat, heat molasses,
   margarine and brown sugar until mixture boils,
   stirring occasionally to blend well. Remove from heat;
   cool.  In large bowl, combine flour, ginger, cinnamon,
   baking powder, baking soda and nutmeg.  Blend egg into
   molasses mixture.  With spoon, stir molasses mixture
   into flour mixture until smooth.  Wrap dough in
   plastic wrap; chill at least 1 hour.
   Heat oven to 350F.  Divide dough in half.  On floured
   surface, roll dough to 1/8 to 1/4-inch thickness.  Cut
   with floured 5 x 3-inch gingerbread cookie cutter (or
   knife your own design).  Carefully lift with metal
   spatula onto lightly greased cookie sheet.  Bake for
   10 to 14 minutes or until no indentation remains when
   touched.  Remove from sheet; cool on wire rack.
   Decorate as desired with icing and candies.  Store in
   tightly covered container for up to 2 weeks.
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