Decorated Spice Cookies

Course : Cookies
Serves: 4 - 6
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1 cup sugar
1/4 cup molasses
1/3 cup water
2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
2 teaspoons ground cloves
2 teaspoons ground nutmeg
1 cup corn oil margarine
4 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
2 cups confectioners sugar
1 large egg white stiffly beaten
1/4 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1 tablespoon hot skim milk
5 drops few drops food coloring -- (optional)

Preparation / Directions:

Makes 4 dozen cookies 1. Combine sugar, molasses, water, cinnamon, cloves and nutmeg in a saucepan; cook over medium heat, stirring constantly, until mixture starts to boil. 2. Remove from heat; add margarine and stir until completely melted. 3. Cool slightly; gradually stir in flour and baking soda until smooth. 4. Turn out onto lightly floured board; knead a few times until smooth. 5. Wrap in waxed paper; chill about 45 minutes. 6. Divide dough into 4 pieces; roll out 1 piece at a time to 1/8-inch thickness on a lightly floured board. 7. Cut out desired shapes with cookie cutters and place 1 inch apart on ungreased baking sheets; bake in preheated 350 F. oven 6 to 8 minutes, or until done. 8. Remove from baking sheets; cool on wire racks. 9. Frost with Royal Icing; decorate as desired. Royal Icing 1. Combine confectioners' sugar, stiffly beaten egg white and vanilla in a howl until well blended; gradually add skim milk and beat until smooth. (If icing becomes stiff, beat in few more drops milk) 2. Tint as desired with a few drops food Colorin

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