Christmas COOKIES for rookies

Can you imagine Christmas without Christmas cookies? No, no and no! They are a tradition, a pleasure, a work of art. So get creative and start cooking!

Here is the original recipe for 2 1/2 dozen: 

  • 1/2 cup margarine?????????????????
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup molasses
  • 1 egg yolk
  • 2 cups sifted all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1 teaspoon ginger
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg

And here are the preparations:

In a large bowl, cream the margarine and sugar until smooth. Stir in the molasses and egg yolk. In other bowl mix the flour, salt, baking powder and soda, cinnamon, cloves, ginger and nutmeg. Blend them into the molasses mix until smooth also. Cover it and let it chill for at least one hour.

Preheat the oven to 350 °F (175 °C). On a lightly floured surface, roll the dough out to 1/4 inch thickness. Cut into desired shapes using cookie cutters. Place the cookies on ungreased cookie sheets with 2 inch space between each. 

Bake for 8 to 10 minutes until firm. Remove from cookie sheets to cool on wire racks. Frost or decorate when cool. Classic or unusual, the choice is yours. Just be playful and have fun! Christmas is coming! 

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