A great "grown up" alternative to regular gingerbread. All the spices add a really nice depth of flavor..."
4 cups flour 3/4 tsp. baking soda 1/2 tsp. salt 1 tsp. ginger 1 tsp. nutmeg 1 tsp. cinnamon 1/2 tsp. allspice 1/2 tsp. cloves 1/2 cup light brown sugar, firmly packed 1/2 cup soft butter or margarine 1 cup light molasses Frosting: 1/3 cup egg white 3 3/4 - 4 cups icing sugar
Cookie Dough: Sift flour with baking soda, salt, and spices; set aside In a large bowl, with a mixer on medium speed, beat brown sugar, butter and molasses until well combined. With a wooden spoon, stir in flour mixture; then mix with hands until well combined. Form dough into a ball, wrap in saran wrap and refrigerate overnight. Preheat oven to 375F. Lightly grease cookie sheets. Divide dough into 4 parts. Refrigerate until ready to roll out. On a lightly floured surface roll dough until it is 1/8" thick. Cut out cookies. Place cookies 1" apart on cookie sheets. Bake for 6 - 8 minutes or until lightly browned. Remove to wire rack and cool. frosting: In a medium bowl, use a mixer at medium speed, beat egg whites with sugar to make a smooth, stiff frosting. Cover with damp cloth until ready to use. Pipe frosting on cookies.