Jo Skinner of Blaine says she got this recipe about 35 years ago and it has been her family's favorite around the holidays ever since.
1/3 cup shortening
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1 cup brown sugar packed
11/2 cups molasses
2/3 cup cold water
2 teaspoon soda
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon allspice
1 teaspoon ginger
1 teaspoon cloves
1 teaspoon cinnamon
7 cups flour
Mix shortening, sugar and molasses.
Stir in water.
Add blend of spices and flour, chill.
Roll dough 1/4-inch thick on lightly floured board.
Cut with cookie cutter, place on greased baking sheet.
Bake at 350 degrees for 10-12 minutes or until no imprint remains when lightly touched.
Decorate with favorite icing.