This molasses-and-spice cutout cookie recipe is a definite kid-favorite during the holiday season.
Beat butter and sugar. Beat in egg and molasses. Combine flour, cocoa, baking soda, ginger, pepper and cinnamon in another bowl. Stir into butter mixture. Divide dough into 2 halves. Wrap; chill 2 hours.
Heat oven to 350°F. Roll half of dough on a floured surface to 1/8 inch thick. Cut shapes with a 3-inch cutter; transfer to ungreased baking sheets. Reroll scraps; cut. Repeat with remaining dough.
Bake at 350°F for 11 minutes. Transfer cookies to racks to cool. Decorate with Royal Icing; do not thin with extra water.