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Grandma’s Gingerbread Men


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  • 1/2 c. shortening
  • 1/2 c. sugar
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 1/2 c. light molasses
  • 2 c. all-purpose flour
  • 1 t. baking powder
  • 1/2 t. baking soda
  • 1/2 t. salt
  • 1-1/2 t. cinnamon
  • 1 t. ground ginger
  • 1/2 t. ground cloves
  • Optional: frosting, raisins


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Step 1

In a large bowl, beat shortening until creamy. Gradually add sugar, beating until light and fluffy. Add egg and molasses; beat well and set aside.

In a separate bowl, combine flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt and spices. Add to shortening mixture, mixing well. Roll out dough to 1/8-inch thickness on a well-floured board. Cut out cookies with a 5-inch gingerbread man cutter; place on ungreased baking sheets. Bake at 375 degrees for 9 minutes. Cool for one minute on baking sheets; remove to a wire rack to cool completely.

Decorate cookies with frosting
and raisins, if desired.

Makes one dozen.

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