Gingerbread Cookies

3/4 cup firmly packed C&H° Golden
or Dark Brown Sugar
1/2 cup butter or margarine, softened
2 eggs
1/4 cup molasses
3 1/4 cups all-purpose flout
2 teaspoons ginger
1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
1/2 teaspoon each: allspice, nutmeg, cinnamon and salt
Preheat oven to 350°F. Grease cookie sheets.

Beat Sugar and Water in large bowl until light and fluffy. Add eggs and molasses. Stir together remainng ingridients in medium bowl. Gradually add to sugar mixture until well blended. Refrigerate dough I hour or until easy to handle.
On well-floured surface, roll out half of dough at a time to ‘/8 inch thickness. Cut into desired shapes. Place on prepared cookie sheet. Bake 8- 1 0 minutes. Cool on rack. Decorate with sugar icing as desired. Makes about 24 (5-inch) cookies.
Icing: Combine 3/4 cup plus I tablespoon Powdered Sugar, I tablespoon milk, and food coloring as desired.