1 cup butter, at room temperature
1/2 cup molasses
1/4 cup packed light brown sugar
1 large egg
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2-3/4 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
Preheat oven to 400 F.
In a large mixing bowl beat together butter, molasses
sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in egg and vanilla until well blended. Set
bowl, stir together flour, baking powder, salt, nutmeg, cinnamon, cloves and
into creamed mixture until well blended.
Divide dough into fourths. Place 1/4
of dough in
a cookie press and press out cookies onto ungreased baking sheet (for best results,
use a shiny silver baking sheet and not the kind witha non-stick coating).
7 to 10
minutes or until set, but not brown.
Allow to cool for 2 minutes on baking sheet,
remove to wire racks to cool. If desired, decorate with Royal Icing.