Spiced Chocolate Roll -Out Cookies
¾ cup (1 -1/2 sticks) butter or margarine, softened
1 cup sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla
3 squares (3 oz.) unsweetened chocolate, melted and cooled
3 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
¼ teaspoon ground ginger
¼ teaspoon ground allspice
¼ teaspoon ground nutmeg
Preheat oven to 375⁰F.
In medium bowl, stir together flour, baking powder, cinnamon, ginger, allspice, and nutmeg. In a large bowl, beat together butter and sugar with electric mixer until light and fluffy. Add eggs and vanilla; mix well. Blend in chocolate. Gradually add dry ingredients to butter mixture, beating until smooth. Form dough into disc, cover and chill until firm, about one hour.
Roll dough approximately 1/8-in. thick. Dip cutters in flour, cut and transfer cookies to cookie sheet.
Bake 8-10 minutes. Cool cookies completely on pan.
3 tablespoons Meringue Powder
4 cups sifted powder sugar
6 tablespoons water
Beat all ingredients at low speed for 7-10 minutes (10-12 minutes at high speed for portable mixer) until icing forms peaks. Makes 3 cups