What's Christmas without a gingerbread man?
Sure you could make a sugar cookie shaped like a man but it's not the same.
Something about the taste of a gingerbread man just makes you feel the holiday from the inside out.
And they're not overly sweet like a lot of cookies.
And come on,
We all know it's fun to bite off a leg or an arm and remember when we ate these as kids.
This is a family recipe given to me by my Aunt Kitty years ago when I was looking for a good gingerbread man recipe. She's made these with her girls for probably 40 years. So you know it has to be good!
8 cups sifted flour
3 teaspoon ginger
1 heaping teaspoon cinnamon
1 teaspoon salt
1 cup sugar
2 c. unsulfered molasses
1 cup shortening
3 tsp baking soda
2/3 cup hot water
Combine flour, ginger, cinnamon and salt.
Make a well in the center, stir in sugar and molasses.
Finally add egg and blend until well combined.
Chill thoroughly, I chill over night.
Roll out onto a floured surface to 1/4 inch thickness.
Cut into desired shapes
Bake at 400 degrees for 8-10 minutes on a greased cookie sheet.
Once cooled decorate with Royal Icing or whatever you choose.
This recipe will make about 8 dozen cookies depending on the size. Dough can also be frozen.
I've linked up over at Totally Tasty Tuesdays, Two Maids a Milking, Crazy For Crust and Thursday's Treasures, Secret Recipe Club