Sprightly addition to gift boxes or to the fireplace
2/3 c. shortening
1/2 c. sugar
1/2 c. molasses
3 c. sifted flour
1/2 tsp. salt
1 tsp. baking powder
1 tsp. baking soda
1 tsp. cinnamon
1 tsp. ground cloves
1 tsp. ginger
1/2 tsp. nutmeg
Cream shortening, sugar and molasses. Add egg and mix
well. Sift together the dry ingredients and blend into creamed
mixture. Chill a few hours or overnight. Roll dough 1/4-inch
thick on lightly floured board and cut with 5 to 6-inch cutter
for gingerbread boys. Carefully place on greased baking sheet.
Place cinnamon candies for eyes and buttons. Bake in moderate
oven (350 degrees) for 8 to 10 minutes. Remove to rack; cool.
Decorate with confectioners sugar icing. Store in airtight
container or freeze. Makes about 2 dozen.
Icing for Decorating: To 1 cup confectioners sugar, add
about 4 teaspoons water. Stir until smooth and thick enough to
spread. Dip toothpick into icing and draw lines on gingerbread
boys to look like collars, cuffs, coats.
For gift giving, line a small basket with evergreens;
stand a number of plastic-wrapped gingerbread boys among the
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