A very large recipe for gingerbread-molasses-type Christmas cookies from the Bethlehem, Pennsylvania area. A full batch makes more than 12 dozen. With medium cookie cutters, a quarter recipe made 74 cookies.



Original recipe yields 144 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Instructions Checklist
  • Sift flour, cinnamon, and ginger together in a large bowl. Add sugar and mix well. Work lard and butter into the flour mixture using a pastry blender.

  • Combine vinegar and baking soda in a small bowl; mix to dissolve. Add mixture to the flour mixture in the bowl. Add molasses and mix thoroughly. Place dough in the refrigerator until chilled, about 30 minutes.

  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).

  • Roll dough out very thin on a floured surface. Cut into shapes using fancy cookie cutters.

  • Bake in the preheated oven until lightly browned, about 10 minutes.

Nutrition Facts

89 calories; 2.8 g total fat; 5 mg cholesterol; 18 mg sodium. 15.5 g carbohydrates; 0.7 g protein; Full Nutrition