Gingerbread Kids

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup shortening
  • 1/2 cup dark molasses
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 3/4 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground allspice
  • 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • Raisins or Currants (for decoration)

    Method

    1. Beat sugar, shortening, molasses. and water in a large bowl on low speed until blended. Beat on medium speed 1 minute.
    2. Stir in remaining ingredients, except raisins. Cover and refrigerate until chilled, 1-2 hours.
    3. Heat the oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit. Sprinkle a cloth-covered surface lightly with flour; turn dough onto surface.
    4. Roll dough with a rolling pin until 1/4 inch thick. Cut with a 5 to 8 inch gingerbread kid cutter.
    5. Lift cookies carefully with a large spatula onto an ungreased cookie sheet. Decorate cookies with raisins. Bake until set, 8-10 minutes.
    6. Let cookies cool 3 minutes, then carefully remove from cookie sheet with a spatula.
    7. Cool; decorate with frosting if you like.

    Makes about eleven 5 inch or six 8 inch cookies. Great for holiday gift giving.

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