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       Title: Christmas Ginger Cookies
  Categories: Cookies
       Yield: 1 servings
  
       6 c  Flour
       1 tb Baking soda
       1 tb Ginger
       1 ts Cloves
       1 ts Cinnamon
       1 ts Nutmeg
     1/2 ts Salt
       1 c  Solid shortening; crisco
       1 c  Molasses
       1 c  Brown sugar; packed
     1/2 c  Water
       1 lg Egg
       1 ts Vanilla
            Royal icing:
       3 c  Confectioners sugar
     1/4 ts Cream of tartar
       2 lg Egg whites
            Food colors
  
     Cookies: Mix flour, soda, spices and salt.  Beat shortening, molasses,
   sugar, water, egg and vanilla until well blended. Gradually beat in flour
   mixture. Will be soft. Divide into fourths. Pat each 1/4 into 1 thick
   round.  Wrap in plastic and refrigerate at least 3 hours or up to 1 week.
     Roll on lightly floured surface to 1/8 thick, cut with gingermen cutters
   and bake at 350 degrees for 10-12 minutes. Cool slightly on cookie sheet,
   then transfer to wire racks to cool completely. Decorate with Royal Icing:
   In large bowl, mix all ingredients until stiff.  Color and use to decorate
   cookies.
       GREAT RECIPE!  Makes a lot of cookies.  Dough is easy to handle and can
   be made ahead.  DEBBIE CARLSON   (PHHW01A)
     These are more of a holiday cookie but you could cut them into any
   variety of shapes to fit the seasons and frost them. It makes a big batch
   of cookies that are easy to handle. The dough can be made ahead of time and
   baked at your convenience.
  
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