Gingerbread cookies are great around Christmas, but they are also good at other times of the year too. These cookies are fun to make with kids because you can decorate them after you bake them. To make Gingerbread cookies, you will need the following ingredients:
- 6 c. flour
- 1 T. baking powder
- 1 T. ground ginger
- 1 tsp. ground nutmeg
- 1 tsp. ground cloves
- 1 tsp. ground cinnamon
- 1 c. shortening, melted
- 1 c. molasses
- 1 c. brown sugar, packed
- ½ c. water
- 1 egg
- 1 tsp. vanilla
Take a large bowl and stir together the flour, baking powder, ginger, nutmeg, cloves and cinnamon.
Take another bowl and mix the shortening, molasses, brown sugar, water, egg and vanilla. Mix these things until they are smooth and fluffy. Add the flour mixture slowly to this mixture and stir until it is well mixed.
Divide the dough into three equal pieces and pat each piece down until it is approximately 1 ½ inches thick. Wrap the dough in plastic wrap and refrigerate it for at least three hours.
After the three hours is up, preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Roll the dough out until it is ¼-inch thick and cut out gingerbread shapes. Place the gingerbreads on ungreased cookies sheets and bake for about 10 to 12 minutes.
You can then make frosting or use pre-made frosting to frost the cooled gingerbread men. After you frost them, you can use candies and other types of sprinkles and decorations to decorate the cookies.