Gingerbread Men

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Ready In:
36-48 cookies




  • Mix together the shortening, sugar, and molasses.
  • Next, add egg and beat completely.
  • Combine all dry ingredients and add to the creamed ingredients--using 1/2 cup increments.
  • Beat well after each addition.
  • Refrigerate the dough until cold.
  • Roll out until the dough is about 1/4 inch thick.
  • Use cookie cutters to form the figures.
  • Place in a 350° oven and bake for 10 - 12 minutes.

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  1. This was just the recipe that I was searching for! Easy to make and very tasty. We made these cookies last year with the kids and plan on making them again this year.
  2. This recipe was GREAT! I made these for my 5yo's Kindie class to decorate and had rave reviews from parents that got a taste too! Very easy recipe to follow and bake!
  3. WOW!!!! I don't usually like Gingerbread cookies but these were yummy!!! I had my niece and nephews over and thought they would like to decorate Gingerbread Men and tried these, and this was the perfect choice. I don't usually make roll out cookies and had a little trouble with cutting the cookies and transferring them to the cookie sheet. I finally found the trick. Roll out 1/4 of the dough on wax paper, then put back in the refrigerator for 5 min to harden up again, cut the cookies, then lay the wax paper cookies side down on the cookie sheet and peel away the wax paper. I put a hole in the top of the cookies so we could put ribbon through it so we could hang them on the Christmas tree. I used Crawfish Pie's cookie frosting recipe # 19649 for the icing and it was perfect!!!!! I used large cookie cutters and this only made about 12 cookies, but it was enough. THANKS!!!!!
  4. very good!!!!i added a little extra spice for an extra kick.
  5. I made these tonight with my 4 year old and 7 year old sons. This was a simple recipe and they were able to help with gathering the ingredients, measuring and mixing. The cookies rolled out well. I used rather small cutters and was able to get 40 cookies - so a few for my 3 sons and hubby and the rest for classmates. I am hopeful my 4 year old's class will be able to use these - although a bit small - for decorating. The cookies are not super soft, so should work. Tasty. Think we might have a bit too much salt....little boy measuring is not exact.


  1. For those who don't care for the flavor of molasses: When I was getting ready to bake these, I found I didn't have enough molasses, so I substituted clear corn syrup for most of it, and brown sugar for the granulated sugar, and they came out as good as with the original recipe, but milder in flavor. I also use the same technique as Virginia Chandler: I lightly flour the dough and then roll it out between sheets of waxed paper, then put it on a cookie sheet to harden it in the freezer before I cut out the cookies. Wonderful results every year!
  2. Great recipe! I was a little worried that the spices would be too overpowering for my 2yo daughter, but once baked these cookies were delightfully tasty. I had to substitute golden syrup for molasses and butter for shortening, but otherwise followed the recipe. This was great fun to make with my daughter, and great to eat too! Thanks for posting.



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