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Ingredients

2 cups brown sugar, hard packed
1-1/2 cups butter, softened
1 egg
4 cups flour
2 teaspoons cinnamon
1 teaspoon nutmeg
1/2 teaspoon cloves
1/4 teaspoon soda
Decorator icing in tubes, if desired

Instructions

In a bowl, cream together the brown sugar and butter; add egg. Beat until light and fluffy. In a separate bowl, combine the flour, cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves and baking soda; add to creamed mixture. Mix well. Cover and chill dough about 2 hours. On a floured surface, roll dough to 1/8-inch thick. Cut with a gingerbread man cutter. Place on greased cookie sheet. Bake at 350 degrees F. until lightly brown, about 8-10 minutes. Cool 1-2 minutes; remove to rack. If desired, decorate with icing.

Ruth Ehlers, Rock Island



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1889 -- 125 years ago: The gates of Oklahoma were swung open at noon today, and a throng of more than 30,000 settlers started over its soil.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The Iowa Coliseum Co. was incorporated with $40,000 capital and planned a building on 4th Street between Warren and Green streets in Davenport.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Plans are being discussed for resurfacing the streets in the entire downtown district of Rock Island.
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