Recipe for Gingerbread Men


1 cup shortening
1 cup sugar
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 egg
1 cup molasses
2 tablespoon vinegar
5 cup sifted flour
1 1/2 teaspoon soda
1 tablespoon ginger
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1 teaspoon cloves; ground
1 raisins


Thoroughly cream shortening, sugar and salt. Stir in egg, molasses and vinegar. Beat well. Sift dry ingredients; stir into molasses mixture. Chill about 2 hrs. On lightly floured surface roll to 1/8" thickness. Cut with cookie cutter. Place 1" apart on greased cookie sheet. Make eyes and buttons with raisins. Bake in moderate (375 deg.) oven for about 6 minutes. Cool slightly and remove from sheet. Allow to finish cooling on wire racks. Store in tightly covered tin. Keeps well for 3-4 weeks. NOTE: I use a 4-in. cutter. For smaller men, you may need to reduce the baking time by a minute or so.

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