Spice Cookies II

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  1. Beat margarine or butter with a mixer on medium to high speed for 30 seconds or by hand.
  2. Add brown sugar, cinnamon, baking powder, nutmeg, cloves and salt.
  3. Beat in egg and flour.
  4. Add chopped almonds if using.
  5. Roll dough to ⅛ inch thickness on a lightly floured board and cut into shapes (windmills and Sinterklaas / Santa shapes are traditional but we also cut them into the children's initials).
  6. Decorate with whole almonds if using.
  7. Place one inch apart on lightly greased cookie sheets.
  8. Bake in 350°F oven 8 to 10 minutes or until edges are lightly browned.
  9. Cool 1 minute, transfer to wire racks to cool completely.