Making Gingerbread Men Tonight

Storybook Gingerbread Men

Ingredients

    * 1/2 cup shortening
    * 1/2 cup packed brown sugar
    * 3 1/4 cups sifted all-purpose flour
    * 1 teaspoon salt
    * 1 teaspoon baking soda
    * 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
    * 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
    * 3/4 cup molasses
    * 1/4 cup water

Directions

   1. Cream shortening and sugar. Sift flour with salt, soda and spices. Blend flour mixture into creamed mixture alternately with molasses and water. Chill at least 1 hour.
   2. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (180 degrees C).
   3. Roll dough to 1/4 inch thick. Cut with large 6-8 inch gingerbreadmen cookie cutters. Lift onto lightly greased cookie sheet with broad spatula.
   4. Bake above oven center for about 12 minutes or until cookies spring back lightly in center. Do not overcook, they won’t stay soft. Remove from sheets. Cool on wire racks. Makes 10 men 6-8 inches tall.

The batter seemed too dry so I added water. Might be too much now. They are in the fridge, will see how they look in the morning when I get set to roll them out. I have a cookie cutter for gingerbreadmen and a Xmas tree. I plan to use a knife to cut out a pattern for a couple of gingerbread house cookies too.

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