cocoa molasses moose cookies

1 cup butter
1/2 cup sugar
3/4 cup molasses
1 egg
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
3-1/2 cups flour
1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 packet spice mixture (1-1/2 tsp. cinnamon, 1/4 tsp. allspice; 1/4 tsp. cloves; and 1/2 tsp. nutmeg).

Sift together dry ingredients. Cream butter and sugar together. Add egg, molasses and vanilla extract to butter and sugar and beat until well mixed. Add dry ingredients a little at a time until well blended. Wrap dough and chill for one hour. Preheat oven to 350. Roll dough out on a lightly floured surface to about 1/8 thick. Dip cookie cutter in flour and cut out moose cookies. Put cookies on ungreased cookie sheets and bake 8-10 minutes until almost firm. Remove cookies and cool on wire racks. Cool completely before icing.

Icing:
1 cup 10 X sugar
1 egg white
few drops water
paste food coloring
Mix ingredients until smooth and reach desired consistency. Add color a tiny bit at a time until you have the color you like. Spread on cooled cookies or pipe designs on with a pastry bag.

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