Christmas Gingerbread Men

Passed to your plate by Emily Hamilton

It wasn’t the holidays at the Hamilton household until we had put up the tree, made (and decorated) gingerbread cookies and watched Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer (I’m talking the 1964 made-for-tv, claymation version … the ONLY version). Learning to make and decorate these delicious cookies was like a rite of passage in my family, but the title ‘gingerbread men’ is used loosely … my siblings and I prided ourselves on the assortment of cookie-cutters we had – from snowmen to stars and everything in between. The best part of this recipe is the decorating so don’t rush it – block out a few hours, find a plethora of cutters and toppings and make a night of it (Rudolph optional…)!

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Emily Hamilton
Prep Time 45 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Servings
dozen
Ingredients
  • 1/2 cup shortening
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup molasses
  • 1 egg yolk unbeaten
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon ginger
  • 1 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 2 cups plain flour sifted
Prep Time 45 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Servings
dozen
Ingredients
  • 1/2 cup shortening
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup molasses
  • 1 egg yolk unbeaten
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon ginger
  • 1 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 2 cups plain flour sifted
Instructions
  1. Cream shortening and sugar together. Slowly add sifted flour.
  2. Add molasses and egg yolk. Blend well.
  3. Add salt, soda, baking powder and spices.
  4. Roll out dough and cut with a gingerbread man cookie cutter.
  5. Bake at 350 degrees for 8-10 minutes.
  6. Decorate!!!!
  7. Yields 2-3 dozen, depending on size of cutter.
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