The Best Gingerbread cookies

i would have to say that one of my favorite memories of the holidays is making gingerbread cookies. i have been making them since i was very little, and i fondly remember making tiny gingerbread boys, gingerbread girls and don’t for get the reindeer. we would then dip them into melted chocolate, giving the boys pants, the girls a skirt, and the reindeer chocolate antlers. and we would never forget a belly button or a rudolph nose compliments of a yummy red hot candy!

 
these yummies are next on my list of Christmas activities to do with the kiddies. and the recipe that i have used and love is below. the perfect amount of seasonings, molasses and honey in my opinion. and i am sure not to over cook, because i like my gingerbread cookies nice and soft!
 
Gingerbread Boys
 
cream together
3/4 cup shortening
1 cup brown sugar
 
add and cream
1 egg
1/8 cup honey
1/8 cup molasses
 
slowly mix in
2-1/2 cups flour
2 teaspoons soda
2 teaspoons cinnamon
2-1/2 teaspoons ginger
1 teaspoon cloves
1/4 teaspoon salt
 
roll dough into a ball, then wrap tightly in plastic wrap.
refrigerate 1 hour overnight.
roll, out dough 1/4 inch thick on floured surface.
cut out gingerbread shapes.
place onto ungreased cookie sheet 1 inch apart.
bake at 350˚ for 10-12 minutes or until set. (just barely browned on edges)
cool and decorate with royal icing.
 
click here to print the recipe.
click here to check out my new cookie cutter love.
 
gift idea: make and extra batch, wrap in wax paper, tie a ribbon and gingerbread boy cookie cutter to it. give to your friends!

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