Holiday Gingerbread Cookies

3/4 cups Molasses
3/4 cups Butter or margarine
3/4 cups Brown sugar (well packed)
3 2/3 cups Flour
2 teaspoons Ground ginger
2 teaspoons Ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoons Baking soda
1 teaspoons Baking powder
1/2 teaspoons Ground nutmeg
1 Egg
Candies, decorations and frostings for decorating

In a heavy saucepan over a medium heat, combine molasses, butter and the sugar til mixture boils. Be sure to stir occasionally, mixing. Take from stove and let cool. In another bowl, combine the flour, ground ginger, ground cinnamon, baking soda, baking powder and ground nutmeg. Blend the egg into the molasses mix. Using a wooden spoon, stir the molasses mixture into flour mixture, stir til smooth. Wrap the dough in plastic wrap and allow to chill for several hours or overnight. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Divide the dough in halves. On a well-floured board, roll the dough to a 1/8 inch to a quarter inch thickness. Cut dough with well-floured gingerbread man cookie cutter or you may use your own favorite Christmas cookie cutters. Gently lift using a thin metal spatula and place on to a lightly greased baking sheets. Bake approximately 10-14 min. or til an indentation does not remain when touched with finger. Remove from baking sheet and allow to cool on a wire racks. Decorate with favorite festive candies or frostings.

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