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Gingerbread Men

  • Author: Heirloomed Collection


These gingerbread men are so fun to make with your kids around the holidays. Decorate them, or eat them plain.


  • 1/3 cup shortening
  • 1 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1 1/2 cups dark molasses
  • 2/3 cup cold water
  • 7 cups flour
  • 2 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp allspice
  • 1 tsp ginger
  • 1 tsp cloves
  • 1 tsp cinnamon


  1. Mix shortening, sugar and molasses thoroughly. Stir in water. Blend all dry ingredients and then add to wet mixture.
  2. Chill in refrigerator for now.
  3. Heat oven to 350 degrees.
  4. Roll chilled dough 1/4 inch thick on lightly floured surface. Cut with gingerbread man cookie cutter.
  5. Place cut out gingerbread men a couple inches apart on a lightly greased baking sheet. Bake 10 to 12 minutes or until no imprint remains in dough when lightly touched.
  6. Ice cooled cookies with your desired icing recipe (optional). Enjoy!