Gingerbread Men

Oxmoor House
A few decorations are simple enough for little helping hands. Reroll the dough to use every scrap.
about 4 dozen


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1 cup shortening
1 cup sugar
1 cup molasses
2 tablespoons white vinegar
1 large egg
5 cups all-purpose flour
1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
3 teaspoons ground ginger
1 teaspoon ground cloves
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
Red cinnamon candies


Beat shortening at medium speed of an electric mixer until creamy; gradually add sugar, beating well. Add molasses, vinegar, and egg; beat well.

Combine flour and next 5 ingredients; gradually add to shortening mixture, beating well. Shape dough into a ball; wrap in plastic wrap, and chill 8 hours.

Divide dough in half. Work with 1 portion of dough at a time, storing remainder in refrigerator. Roll each portion of dough to 1/8" thickness on a well-floured surface. Cut with a 4" gingerbread man cookie cutter; place on ungreased cookie sheets, using a floured spatula to lift cookies from work surface. Press currants into dough to form eyes, nose, and mouth. Press 3 cinnamon candies into dough for buttons.

Bake at 375° for 7 minutes or until lightly browned. Cool on cookie sheets 2 minutes; remove to wire racks, and cool completely.

Created date

October 2003