I made gingerbread men and delivered packages of them to friends last week. I wish I had had enough red gum drops for the pant buttons but most of them ended up with a snow flake sprinkle. These cookies are easy! And so soft and delicious.
Holly’s Gingerbread Boys with Chocolate Pants
1 cup shortening
1 cup sugar
1 cup molasses
4 ½ cups flour
1 tsp. baking soda
1 tsp. powdered ginger
1 tsp. baking powder
½ tsp. cinnamon
½ tsp. salt
Cream shortening and sugar. Stir in molasses and egg. Mix in remaining ingredients. Cover. Chill about an hour.
On a floured board roll ¼ inch thick and cut with small size gingerbread men cutters. Place on parchment on a baking sheet and bake at 375 for 5-8 minutes. Cool on a rack.
Dip in melted chocolate chips (melt barely, and carefully in microwave—chocolate burns easily. Could also use dipping chocolate etc.)