Traditional Gingerbread Men Cookies

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2/3 cup butter
1/2 cup sugar
2 teaspoons ginger
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
1 unbeaten egg
3/4 cup molasses
3 cups sifted all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon soda
raisins

Combine shortening, sugar, spices and egg in large mixing bowl. Mix
until well blended. Add molasses and mix well. Sift together flour,
baking powder and soda. Stir into shortening mixture and mix well.
Refrigerate at least 2 hours. Roll out on floured board and cut
gingerbread men shapes. Use raisins for eyes, nose and buttons. Sprinkle
with granulated sugar, if desired. Bake on greased cookie sheets at 375
degrees for 8-10 minutes.
 
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