These cookies are formed by cookie cutters. By using a toothpick to make a hole in the top of the cookie, you can hang them on the tree. You can also make paint out of egg yolks, and food coloring to make them more colorful--use as much food coloring as needed to create desired hue. My girls and I would spend hours making these cookies each Christmas so we could hang them on the tree.

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Recipe Summary

Servings:
12
Yield:
2 1/2 dozen
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Ingredients

12
Original recipe yields 12 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Mix shortening, brown sugar, and molasses thoroughly. Stir in 2/3 cup water. Blend flour, soda, salt, and spices; stir into molasses mixture. Chill for about 1 hour.

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  • Roll the dough about 1/4 inch thick. Cut with boy and girl cookie cutters.

  • Make egg yolk paint by blending egg yolks and 1/2 teaspoon water. Divide the yolk among a few small bowls, and add food coloring to each cup for desired color. Paint the clothes and decorations on the cookies as desired. Carefully transfer to a lightly greased baking sheet. Using a toothpick, make a hole in the top of each cookie. Press raisins into dough for eyes, nose, mouth. Use bits of candied cherries for coat buttons, and strips of citron for ties.

  • Bake at 350 degrees F (175 degrees C) for 10 to 12 minutes. Cool slightly, then carefully remove from baking sheet.

Nutrition Facts

546 calories; protein 8.4g; carbohydrates 113g; fat 7.3g; cholesterol 34.1mg; sodium 428.4mg. Full Nutrition
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Most helpful positive review

Rating: 5 stars
12/07/2003
I made this recipe (but used 2 teaspoons of ginger instead of 1) and made gingerbread boys and girls with my 3 year old niece! The recipe is delicious and the bakes into beautiful spicy cookies. I will add these to my annual Christmas baking list from now on! Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 3 stars
12/10/2003
The texture of the cookies was perfect -- I hate crunchy gingerbread cookies and these were nice and soft all the way through. The little guys puffed up nicely and looked fabulous but the taste was definitely lacking spice -- 7 cups of flour plus only 4 teaspoons of spice just wasn't enough. Next time I'll use 2 teaspoons each of cloves cinnamon and allspice 3 teaspoons of ginger and I'll add about a teaspoon of nutmeg. I also found the dough extremely difficult to work with chilled or not. It did become slightly easier to work with once I added a teaspoon or two of water and kneaded the dough for a while. I may leave out some of the flour to make it easier to work with next time instead of adding extra water. Definitely not my favourite tasting cookie but beautiful for hanging on the tree. Read More
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38 Ratings
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  • 4 star values: 10
  • 3 star values: 5
  • 2 star values: 2
  • 1 star values: 1
Rating: 5 stars
12/07/2003
I made this recipe (but used 2 teaspoons of ginger instead of 1) and made gingerbread boys and girls with my 3 year old niece! The recipe is delicious and the bakes into beautiful spicy cookies. I will add these to my annual Christmas baking list from now on! Read More
(43)
Rating: 3 stars
12/10/2003
The texture of the cookies was perfect -- I hate crunchy gingerbread cookies and these were nice and soft all the way through. The little guys puffed up nicely and looked fabulous but the taste was definitely lacking spice -- 7 cups of flour plus only 4 teaspoons of spice just wasn't enough. Next time I'll use 2 teaspoons each of cloves cinnamon and allspice 3 teaspoons of ginger and I'll add about a teaspoon of nutmeg. I also found the dough extremely difficult to work with chilled or not. It did become slightly easier to work with once I added a teaspoon or two of water and kneaded the dough for a while. I may leave out some of the flour to make it easier to work with next time instead of adding extra water. Definitely not my favourite tasting cookie but beautiful for hanging on the tree. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
12/23/2003
I like one of the other people love ginger and increased it from 1 to 2 tsp. Absolutely the best gingerbread recipe I've ever tried. After chilling I found working with it a pleasure. No breaking or ripping. I will be doing a gingerbread house next year with this one!!! Luci Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
12/11/2003
I personally do not like gingerbread cookies however these were such a hit at the christmas parties i went to and also they were a lot of fun to make. easy to cut out and we used colored royal icing to paint clothes and faces on them. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
07/15/2003
These cookies were easy to make and the dough was wonderful to work with. I used a small heart shaped cookie cutter and got 4 dozen cookies when I halfed the recipe. Will definitely make again! Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
10/26/2003
This the only gingerbread recipe that's worked for me...it was so easy...rolled out like a dream! I put in 2 tsp of ginger like others suggested and it turned out very yummy. The only hard part was stiring in the last 3 cups of flour...my whimpy arm was tired! Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
02/13/2003
I found the dough very very crumbly when I tried to roll it, but kneading it a little first helped ALOT! I didn't like the strong molasses taste, but my kids, and everyone else that's tried them loved them. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
12/25/2004
Tastes great stays just soft enough for days. I found that kneading the dough before rolling it made the rest of the process easier. The dough held together enough so my toddler could pick up the cookies and put them on the cookie tray! I will make this recipe again and again! Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
02/11/2005
Having misplaced my regular recipe I decided to try these because of their high ratings. I was very disappointed in these cookies. They didn't even come close to being as good as my other recipe. For one thing they weren't spicy enough. For another thing they were too dry. Blah. Not a good recipe. Read More
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