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Gingerbread


6c.all-purpose flour
1Tbsp.baking powder
1Tbsp.ground ginger
1tsp.ground nutmeg
1tsp.ground cloves
1tsp.ground cinnamon
1c.shortening — melted and cooled slightly
1c.molasses
1c.brown sugar — packed
1/2c.water
1egg
1tsp.vanilla extract

1.Sift together the flour, baking powder, ginger, nutmeg, cloves, and cinnamon; set aside.
2.In a medium bowl, mix together the shortening, molasses, brown sugar, water, egg, and vanilla until smooth.
3.Gradually stir in the dry ingredients, until they are completely absorbed.
4.Divide dough into 3 pieces, pat down to 1 1/2 inch thickness, wrap in plastic wrap, and refrigerate for at least 3 hours.
5.Preheat oven to 350 F (175 C).
6.On a lightly floured surface, roll the dough out to 1/4 inch thickness.
7.Cut into desired shapes with cookie cutters.
8.Place cookies 1 inch apart onto an ungreased cookie sheet.
9.Bake for 10 to 12 minutes in the preheated oven. When the cookies are done, they will look dry, but still be soft to the touch.
10.Remove from the baking sheet to cool on wire racks. When cool, the cookies can be frosted with the icing of your choice.





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