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Source: Houston Junior League Cookbook

Gingerbread Boys
These cookies are fun and easy to make, the kids will have a blast making them.
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Serves: 15
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
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1/2 cup shortening
2/3 cup sugar
2/3 cup molasses
1 egg
3 1/2 cups flour
1 teaspoon soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon ginger
1 tespoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon ground cloves
currants, or raisins (optional)

Cream shortening and sugar; blend in molasses and egg. Combine flour, soda, salt, ginger, cinnamon and cloves; sift into molasses mixture. Mix dough until smooth. (Dough will be stiff.) Chill dough before rolling. Roll out dough 1/8-inch to 1/4-inch thick on lightly floured board. Cut with floured gingerbread boy cutter. Carefully place cut-out boys on lightly greased baking sheet. If desired, press currants or raisins into dough to make face and buttons. Bake at 350 degrees for about 10 minutes. Cool on wire rack.

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