Storybook Gingerbread Men


Soft gingerbread cookies.

10 cookies


  • ½ cup shortening

  • ½ cup packed brown sugar

  • 3 ¼ cups sifted all-purpose flour

  • 1 teaspoon salt

  • 1 teaspoon baking soda

  • ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon

  • ½ teaspoon ground ginger

  • ¾ cup molasses

  • ¼ cup water


  1. Cream shortening and sugar. Sift flour with salt, soda and spices. Blend flour mixture into creamed mixture alternately with molasses and water. Chill at least 1 hour.

  2. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (180 degrees C).

  3. Roll dough to 1/4 inch thick. Cut with large 6-8 inch gingerbread men cookie cutters. Lift onto lightly greased cookie sheet with broad spatula.

  4. Bake above oven center for about 12 minutes or until cookies spring back lightly in center. Do not overcook, they won't stay soft. Remove from sheets. Cool on wire racks. Makes 10 men 6-8 inches tall.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

704 Calories
21g Fat
121g Carbs
8g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 5
Calories 704
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 21g 27%
Saturated Fat 5g 27%
Sodium 743mg 32%
Total Carbohydrate 121g 44%
Dietary Fiber 2g 8%
Total Sugars 49g
Protein 8g
Calcium 135mg 10%
Iron 6mg 35%
Potassium 840mg 18%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.