This recipe is very old. It is also a favorite of Sluggies so it must be good! These do not have to be frosted. But I do it at Christmas.
Bake at 350
1 cup butter
1 1/2 cups sugar
Cream together and Add:
1 egg and cream with sugar and butter.
In a separate small bowl dissolve 1 tsp soda in 1tbls of hot water.
take above mixture and add to 1/4 cup molasses
Add the above mixture to creamed mixture set aside.
In another large bowl
3 1/2 cups flour
1 tsp baking powder
2 tbls cinnimon
1 tbls cloves
1 tsp ginger
1/4 tsp pepper
whisk all these together
mix the dry into the wet and then knead into a ball. Mixture will be sticky add a little more flour as needed.
I use a scraper to work dough. Refrigerate until firm. Roll dough out in small batches . Roll very thin and bake on parchment paper.
This recipe will make 7-10 dozen cookies depending on the size of the cutters.
Bake 8-10 minutes
Frosting:Melt 4 tbls butter, 1/4 cup milk, 1 tsp vanilla, one tsp meringue powder, mix, now sift in powder sugar to make a thin frosting.
I use dollar store squeeze bottles to pipe frosting. Meringue powder will harden your frosting for cookies. Buy it at Jo anns,(use 50% off coupon, it will last forever)
Using parchment paper under this thin cookie will make it easy to remove from pan once cooked. Just pull edge of paper and slide entire sheet onto cooling rack rather than using a spatula to remove individual cookies. It is faster and you will have less breaking and bending. Then slide cookies off parchment and return it to pan. Parchment can be used over and over.
Have a great and productive day staying positive while you are in the negative.