1 cup butter, 1 cup sugar (i used brown sugar), 1 egg, 1 cup molasses, 2 tablespoons vinegar, 5 cups sifted white flour, 1 1/2 teaspoon soda, 3 teaspoons ginger, 1 teaspoon cinnamon, 1 teaspoon ground cloves.
cream butter and sugar, beat in the egg, molasses and vinegar. sift together the dry ingredients. blend into batter. chill at least 3 hours.
roll dough out to 1/8 inch thick on lightly floured board (i ended up with some white gingerman) cut into shapes. place one inch apart on greased cookie sheet and decorate with icing. yum.
bake at 375 for 5 to 6 minutes and cool slighty then move to rack. makes about 3 dozen ginger bread.
my girls and i have enjoyed making & eating these for many years. it's my dear friend louise patch's recipe - thank you louise !