Molasses Spice Cut Outs

Molasses Spice Cut Outs
1 cup butter or margarine, softened
1 1/2 cups sugar
1 cup light or dark 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:
1 envelope unflavored gelatin
3/4 cup cold water
3/4 cup sugar
3/4 cup powdered sugar
3/4 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
In a mixing bowl, cream together butter and sugar; beat in molasses and coffee. Combine the flour, baking soda, salt and spices; gradually add to molasses mixture; mix well. Chill dough for 1 to 2 hours, or until easy to handle. If needed, add additional flour before rolling. On a lightly floured surface, roll dough to 1/4 inch thickness. Cut with 2 1/2 inch cookie cutters dipped in flour. Place 1 inch apart on ungreased baking sheets. Bake at 350 degrees for 12 to 15 minutes, or until edges are firm and bottoms are lightly browned. Remove to wire racks to cool. For traditional gingerbread men, use icing to add features as desired. To prepare icing, 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 mixing bowl. Add powdered sugar; beat until foamy. Add baking powder and vanilla; beat until very thick, about 10 minutes.
Makes 7 to 8 dozen.

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Author: Carol Anne

I am a woman in my mid 30's. I'm blind and I have dissociative identity disorder, I also have complex PTSD. I blog about my life with these disorders. I live in Ireland.

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