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Gingerbread Boys

Gingerbread Boys

This is a Christmas tradition that I started years ago when my children were young and now I do this every year with my Grandchildren. It is something that we all look forward to doing. We also make Gingerbread Girls.

  • 1 cup shortening
  • 1 cup Granulated Sugar
  • 1 Egg
  • 1 cup Molasses
  • 2 Tbsp Vinegar
  • 5 cups sifted All-purpose Flour
  • 11/2 Tsp Soda
  • ½ Tsp Salt
  • 2 to 3 Tsp Ginger
  • 1 Tsp Cinnamon
  • 1 Tsp Cloves

Thoroughly cream shortening with sugar. Stir in egg, molasses, and vinegar; beat well. Sift flour together with dry ingredients. Stir into molasses mixture. Chill at least 3 hours.

On lightly floured surface roll dough to 1/8 inch thickness. Cut with gingerbread boy or girl cutters. Place 1 inch on greased cookie sheet. Bake in moderate oven 375 degrees for 5 to 6 minutes. Cool slightly; remove from cookie sheet and cool on rack. Quantity depends on size of your cutters.

To decorate we use icing tubes (you can make your own icing and use a pastry tube – I just find with several children the tubes work better). We use white, red, and green icing. We decorate with Smarties, Jelly Beans, and other cake decorating sparkles. The fun is to just let the children do their own thing and be there to help.

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