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1/3 c. soft shortening
1 c. brown sugar
1 1/2 c. black molasses
1/2 c. cold water
6 c. flour
1 tsp. salt
1 tsp. allspice
1 tsp. ginger
1 tsp. cloves
1 tsp. cinnamon
2 tsp. soda
3 Tbsp. cold water
raisins, candied cherries,
candies for decorations

Mix together thoroughly shortening, sugar and molasses.
Stir in 1/2 cup cold water. Sift together flour, salt, all-
spice, ginger, cloves and cinnamon. Stir into first mixture.
Dissolve soda in 3 tablespoons cold water and stir into dough.
Chill dough at least 4 hours. Roll on floured cloth, part of
dough at a time, 1/4 inch thick. Cut with cutter and place on
lightly greased baking sheet. Place raisins (cut in half), for
eyes and nose and a sliver of candied cherry for mouth. Bake
at 350 degrees for 12 to 15 minutes or, when lightly touched with
finger, no imprint remains. Makes 30 cookies.

Icing For Gingerbread Cookies:
2 c. confectioners sugar
1/4 tsp. salt
3 Tbsp. milk
1 Tbsp. margarine
1 tsp. vanilla
Blend sugar, margarine, salt, vanilla and milk to a
smooth paste. Add a drop more milk, if needed. With knife,
spread icing over cookies, dressing gingerbread man as you
like. To decorate, use colored candies or silver dragees for
buttons and cap.

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