Spicy Iced Applesauce Cookies

1 1/4 cups packed brown sugar
1/4 cup butter or margarine (softened)
1/4 cup applesauce
1 egg
2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1/2 teaspoon ground cloves
Icing (recipe below)
Colored sugar, optional

Icing Ingredients:

1 envelope unflavored gelatin
1/2 cup cold water
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1 cup powdered sugar
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
Dash salt

Beat brown sugar, butter, applesauce and egg in large bowl with electric mixer on medium speed, or mix with spoon. Stir in remaining ingredients except Icing and colored sugar. Cover and refrigerate at least 1 hour until chilled. Heat oven to 375º. Grease cookie sheet. Roll dough 1/8″ thick on floured cloth-covered surface. Cut with 2 1/2″ cookie cutters. Place cookies about 1″ apart on cookie sheet. Bake 7 – 9 minutes or until edges are light brown. Immediately remove from cookie sheet to wire rack. Cool completely. Frost with Icing. Sprinkle with colored sugar. Let icing dry about 2 hours before stacking cookies.

Icing Description:

Sprinkle gelatin on cold water in 1 1/2 quart saucepan to soften. Stir in granulated sugar. Heat to rolling boil; reduce heat. Simmer uncovered 10 minutes, stirring frequently. Pour hot mixture over powdered sugar in small bowl; beat with electric mixer on medium speed until smooth. Beat in remaining ingredients on high speed, scraping bowl frequently, until soft peaks form and icing is glossy.

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