Gingerbread Boys Recipe

Ingredients
<br>- 2/3 cup shortening
<br>- 1/2 cup sugar
<br>- 1/2 cup molasses
<br>- 1 egg
<br>- 3 cups all-purpose flour
<br>- 1 teaspoon baking soda
<br>- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
<br>- 1 teaspoon ginger
<br>- 1 teaspoon ground cloves
<br>- 1/2 teaspoon salt
<br>- 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
<br>- confectioners' sugar
<br>- red-hot candies
<br>- miniature chocolate chips (optional)
<br><p></p>Directions
<br>step 1: In a mixing bowl, cream shortening and sugar. Add molasses and egg; mix well. Combine the flour, baking soda, cinnamon, ginger, cloves, salt and nutmeg; gradually add to creamed mixture and mix well. Divide dough in half. Refrigerate for at least 2 hours.
<br>step 2: On a lightly floured surface, roll out each portion of dough to 1/8-in. thickness. Cut with a 4-in. cookie cutter dipped in flour. Place 2 in. apart on greased baking sheets.
<br>step 3: Bake at 350 degrees for 9-11 minutes or until edges are firm. Remove to wire racks to cool. Decorate as desired.
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Ingredients
- 2/3 cup shortening
- 1/2 cup sugar
- 1/2 cup molasses
- 1 egg
- 3 cups all-purpose flour
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1 teaspoon ginger
- 1 teaspoon ground cloves
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
- confectioners' sugar
- red-hot candies
- miniature chocolate chips (optional)

Directions
step 1: In a mixing bowl, cream shortening and sugar. Add molasses and egg; mix well. Combine the flour, baking soda, cinnamon, ginger, cloves, salt and nutmeg; gradually add to creamed mixture and mix well. Divide dough in half. Refrigerate for at least 2 hours.
step 2: On a lightly floured surface, roll out each portion of dough to 1/8-in. thickness. Cut with a 4-in. cookie cutter dipped in flour. Place 2 in. apart on greased baking sheets.
step 3: Bake at 350 degrees for 9-11 minutes or until edges are firm. Remove to wire racks to cool. Decorate as desired.

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