Mimi's Gingerbread Men

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Recipe: #7216

November 19, 2011

Categories: Eggs Christmas,

"I have made these Gingerbread Men since high school (a long time ago). I found the recipe in a magazine, maybe Better Homes and Gardens, and tried them. They are so good; they still are. If you don't roll them out too thin and don't overbake them, they will be soft and wonderful. They have good flavor. One hint on the cutter--choose one that has sort of fat arms and legs and not one with spinkly extremities because those will get crispy before the body is done. I like soft "gingies". Another cutter that I use is a teddy bear. Then I call them "Ginger Bears"."

Original is 24 servings


  • Serving Size: 1 (53.8 g)
  • Calories 228
  • Total Fat - 11 g
  • Saturated Fat - 2 g
  • Cholesterol - 6.8 mg
  • Sodium - 89.5 mg
  • Total Carbohydrate - 25.6 g
  • Dietary Fiber - 3.1 g
  • Sugars - 20.8 g
  • Protein - 8.6 g
  • Calcium - 85.1 mg
  • Iron - 2.3 mg
  • Vitamin C - 0 mg
  • Thiamin - 0.2 mg

Step by Step Method

Step 1

With an electric mixer, cream shortening and sugar till light and fluffy.

Step 2

Stir in egg, molasses and vinegar; beat well.

Step 3

Add dry ingredients, mix well, and then chill thoroughly--about 3 hours.

Step 4

On lightly floured surfact, roll to 1/4" thick and cut with cutter; place on lightly greased sheet.

Step 5

Add raisins or currants for eyes, nose, and buttons and then bake at 375 degrees for 8-10 minutes, depending on the size of the men; cool and remove.

Step 6

NOTE: If you use a small to medium cutter, you will get a lot of little guys; but if the cutter is large it will be about 1 1/2 dozen. I like to use the small to medium because you get more to give away at Christmas.


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