Gingerbread Bears

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1 cup butter
2/3 cup packed brown sugar
2/3 cup molasses
1 egg, beaten
1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
4 cups all-purpose flour
3/4 teaspoon baking soda
2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon ground ginger
3/4 teaspoon ground cloves

(1). In a medium saucepan, stir together margarine, brown sugar, and molasses over medium heat until dissolved. Pour into a large mixing bowl, let cool for 5 minutes. Stir egg and vanilla into melted mixture until smooth. Sift flour, baking soda, cinnamon, ginger, and cloves; stir into the wet mixture. Cover and chill dough for at least 3 hours or overnight.

(2). Preheat oven to 325 degrees F ( 165 degrees C ).

(3). On a lightly floured surface, roll out dough to 1/4″ thickness. Using bear shape cookie cutters cut dough and place cookies onto cookie sheet. Bake for 10 – 15 minutes, cookies should be firm.

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