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Gingerbread People Recipe

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By Capper's Farmer | Dec 1, 2005

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Decorate the cookies before serving or add to the fun and let everyone decorate their own before enjoying.
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  • 9 dozen 3-inch cookies



  • 1 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/3 cup shortening
  • 1-1/2 cups dark molasses
  • 2/3 cup cold water
  • 7 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 2 teaspoons ground ginger
  • 1 teaspoon ground allspice
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt

Easy Creamy Frosting:

  • 4 cups powdered sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • About 5 tablespoons half-and-half


  • In a large bowl, stir together brown sugar, shortening, molasses and cold water.
  • Stir in remaining ingredients, except frosting.
  • Cover and refrigerate for at least 2 hours.
  • Heat oven to 350°F. Lightly grease a cookie sheet.
  • On a floured surface, roll 1/4 of dough 1/8 inch thick.
  • Cut with a floured gingerbread cutter or another favorite shaped cutter.
  • Place about 2 inches apart on cookie sheet.
  • Bake for 10 to 12 minutes, or until no indentation remains when touched. (For softer, chewier cookies, bake 8 to 10 minutes.)
  • Remove from cookie sheet to a wire rack.
  • Repeat with remaining dough.
  • Cool completely, about 30 minutes. 

Easy Creamy Frosting:

  • In a large bowl, stir together ingredients until smooth and spreadable. Decorate cookies with frosting.

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