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Gingerbread Boys

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Ingredients
  Shortening 1⁄2 Cup (8 tbs)
  Sugar 1⁄2 Cup (8 tbs)
  Dark molasses 1⁄2 Cup (8 tbs)
  Water 1⁄4 Cup (4 tbs)
  All purpose flour 2 1⁄2 Cup (40 tbs)
  Salt 3⁄4 Teaspoon
  Soda 1⁄2 Teaspoon
  Ginger 3⁄4 Teaspoon
  Nutmeg 1⁄4 Teaspoon
  Allspice 1⁄8 Teaspoon
  Raisins 1⁄4 Cup (4 tbs)
  Candied cherries/Red gumdrops 2 Tablespoon
  Citron 1 Tablespoon
  String licorice 1 Teaspoon
  Decorators icing 2 Tablespoon
Directions

Cream shortening and sugar.
Blend in molasses, water, flour, salt, soda, ginger, nutmeg and allspice.
Cover; chill 2 to 3 hours.
Heat oven to 375°.
Roll dough 1/4 inch thick on lightly floured cloth-covered board.
Cut with gingerbread boy cutter; place on ungreased baking sheet.
Press raisins into dough for eyes, nose and buttons.
Use bits of candied cherries and strips of citron and string licorice for other trims.
Bake 10 to 12 minutes.
Immediately remove from baking sheet.
Cool.
Trim with Decorators' Icing.

Recipe Summary

Cuisine: 
American
Course: 
Snack
Method: 
Baked
Dish: 
Cookie
Occasion: 
Christmas
Ingredient: 
Ginger

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