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Cream together the sugars and butter. Add the beaten egg and mix well. Add baking soda and spices. You may also add 1/2 cup raisins or chopped nuts, or a combination of both. Beat by hand until well mixed and no lumps remain. Bake at 350°F for 30 to 40 minutes. Test for doneness with a knife when half an hour is up. Allow to cool until cold before cutting and serving.