|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)|
|Raisins||1⁄4 Cup (4 tbs)|
|Candied cherries/Red gumdrops||2 Tablespoon|
|String licorice||1 Teaspoon|
|Decorators icing||2 Tablespoon|
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.
Trim with Decorators' Icing.