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2 cups brown sugar, hard packed
1-1/2 cups butter, softened
4 cups flour
2 teaspoons cinnamon
1 teaspoon nutmeg
1/2 teaspoon cloves
1/4 teaspoon soda
Decorator icing in tubes, if desired
In a bowl, cream together the brown sugar and butter; add egg. Beat until light and fluffy.
In a separate bowl, combine the flour, cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves and baking soda; add to creamed mixture. Mix well. Cover and chill dough about 2 hours.
On a floured surface, roll dough to 1/8-inch thick. Cut with a gingerbread man cutter. Place on greased cookie sheet.
Bake at 350 degrees F. until lightly brown, about 8-10 minutes. Cool 1-2 minutes; remove to rack. If desired, decorate with icing.
Ruth Ehlers, Rock Island