From the kitchen of Marlene Knewasser.  This is the recipe I
always use.  The Royal Icing
pre-mixed is the way to go- very
easy.
1/2 c margarine at room temp
1/2 c unsulphered molasses
3 1/2 c flour
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp ginger
1/2 tsp salt
1/4 tsp cloves
1/3 c water

Cream together the margarine & sugar.
Add the molasses.
Mix until well incorporated.

Sift the dry ingredients together.
With the mixer on low, add the dry ingredients alternately with the
water.
If the dough becomes too stiff, add the last bit of flour by hand.

Work the dough with your hands until it becomes smooth.  Turn
onto plastic wrap, form a neat rectangle, wrap well, chill
thoroughly (at least one hour).

Roll pieces out using pattern made from parchment or brown
construction paper.  Roll dough to 1/4" thickness, using as little
flour as possible.  Cut out with a sharp knife or pizza roller.  Cut
dough directly onto a sprayed heavy baking sheet or roll out on a
board & transfer to a greased pan.

Bake @ 350, 10-15 minutes or until very firm.
Cool pieces completely on cooling racks.
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