about 4 dozen

A few decorations are simple enough for little helping hands. Reroll the dough to use every scrap.

How to Make It

Step 1

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

Step 2

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.

Step 3

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.

Step 4

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

Christmas with Southern Living 1999

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