Gingerbread Boys

Prepare this cookie batter the day before baking these soft cookies. 

Makes 55 to 65 boys

1 cup shortening
1 cup sugar
1/2 tsp salt
1 cup molasses
2 Tbs white vinegar
1 egg, beaten
5 cups flour
1-1/2 tsp baking soda
1 Tbs ground ginger
1 tsp ground cinnamon
1 tsp ground cloves

Cream shortening, sugar, and salt.

Stir in molasses, vinegar, and egg.

Sift together and add the dry ingredients.

Chill mixture overnight.

Divide dough into fourths. Roll one part of dough at a time on floured board 1/8-inch thick. Refrigerate remainder.

Cut out gingerbread boys with sharp cookie cutter. Place on greased cookie sheets and bake at 375ºF about 6 minutes.

Cool slightly and remove from pan.

Decorate as desired.


 Southern Sideboards (Junior League of Jackson Publications, 1977), 285.