From Parents magazine, these are a tasty treat for spice cookie lovers.
cups all-purpose flour
cup firmly packed light-brown sugar
tsp. baking soda
cup vegetable shortening
cup light molasses
cup light corn syrup
tsp. cider vinegar
box (1 lb.) confectioners' sugar
Tbs. powdered egg whites
Sky-blue icing color (gel coloring)
Sprinkles, sugars, edible glitter
Heat oven to 350°F. In large bowl, combine flour, sugar, cinnamon, ginger, baking soda, and nutmeg. In large bowl, with mixer on medium, beat together butter, shortening, molasses, corn syrup, and vinegar for 2 minutes, until well combined. Reduce mixer speed to low, and gradually add flour mixture until dough forms. Divide dough into thirds. Place each piece of dough between 2 sheets of floured wax paper, and roll to 1/8 inch thickness. Remove 1 sheet of wax paper, and invert first batch of dough onto baking sheet; remove other sheet. Using various sizes of starshaped cookie cutters, cut out as many cookies as possible. Reroll scraps to cut out more cookies. Bake cookies 10 to 12 minutes or until slightly crisp. Let cool 1 minute. Transfer to wire rack, and let cool completely. Repeat with remaining dough. To decorate: In large bowl, with mixer on low, beat together confectioners' sugar, egg whites, and water until well combined. Increase mixer speed to high, and continue beating for 5 minutes. Tint icing with a few drops of sky-blue icing color to make pale-blue color. Using tip of your index finger, spread icing over 1/4 of the cookies. While icing is still wet, decorate some iced cookies with sprinkles, sugar, and glitter. Add 3 more drops of icing color to remaining icing, creating a deeper blue; decorate another 1/4 of the cookies. Repeat process, creating 2 darker shades; decorate cookies as above. Makes about 8 dozen.