Preheat oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C).
Cream 1/2 cup of butter or margarine. Add brown
sugar and beat. Beat in egg and molasses. In a
separate bowl, combine 2 3/4 cups of flour, soda
and spices. Add to butter mixture. Blend well.
Roll dough out 1/8 inch thick on floured surface.
Cut into shapes. Bake for 6-8 minutes.
To Make Frosting- Cream 1/3 cup butter. Gradually
add 2 cups sifted confectioners sugar, 1
tablespoon milk and 1/2 teaspoon vanilla. Beat
until smooth. Put in a pastry bag with small tip
and decorate cookies.