2 cups sugar
Combine sugar, shortening, molasses, and egg yolks in large mixing bowl; beat until smooth. In small bowl, add baking soda to hot water; stir until dissolved. Add to molasses mixture. Stir in flour, ginger, cinnamon, allspice, and salt. Cover and refrigerate dough at least 2 hours.
Roll out dough on lightly floured surface to 1/4-inch thickness. Cut out with floured cookie cutters. Place on lightly greased cookie sheets about 2 inches apart. Bake at 350 degrees (F) for 10 to 12 minutes or until lightly browned around edges. Cool on wire racks. Frost with icing and decorate as desired.
Makes 42 large cookies.
Combine all ingredients until smooth and spreadable. Enough for 3 to 5 dozen cookies.
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