Today I had to share one of my very favorite Christmas recipes: Gingerbread Men! We would make these every year growing up and we loved it! What’s great about these guys is that you don’t use a cookie cutter. Instead, you mold the body like you would modeling clay. It make it so fun for kids and is definitely a recipe the whole family can enjoy. I just made some with my little guy and some of his friends the other day. Needless to say, it was a definite hit! (Especially with all the candy pieces that didn’t ever actually make it to decorate the gingerbread man….Those little hands are fast!!!)
From the Kitchen of Debbie McEwen (Mom)
- 3/4 cup shortening
- 1 cup sugar
- 1/4 cup light molasses
- 1 egg
- 2 cups flour
- 1/4 tsp salt
- 2 tsp baking soda
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- 1 tsp cloves
- 1 tsp ginger
Cream together shortening and sugar. Add molasses and egg, beat well. Add dry ingredients. Mix dough thoroughly. Chill for 15 minutes. Shape gingerbread men on a cookie sheet as you would modeling clay. Roll a ball for the body, small size ball for the head and logs for the arms and legs. Make sure all body pieces are touching each other and the body and head balls are somewhat flattened.
Use raisins, red hots or any other kind of cookie decoration to decorate you gingerbread man.
Bake at 350 for 10 minutes.
Believe me, while these are super fun to make, they taste even better! You won’t be able to stop eating the dough!!!
Have fun making these with your kiddos!