Gingerbread Cutouts


1 cup (2 sticks) butter
1-1/2 cups sugar
1 egg
4 teaspoons grated orange peel (about 1 large orange)
2 teaspoons molasses or dark corn syrup
3 cups all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking soda
2 teaspoons cinnamon
2 teaspoons ginger
1/2 teaspoon cloves
1/2 teaspoon salt


Cream together butter and sugar. Add egg and mix well. Add grated peel and molasses and mix again. Stir together dry ingredients and add to butter mixture, stirring well. Wrap up dough and chill for several hours or overnight. Roll dough very thin and cut out with cookie cutters. Bake on greased cookie sheets at 375 degrees F for 8 to 10 minutes.


About 6 dozen, depending on size.

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