Gingerbread Men

 I have been using this recipe since it appeared in the Sentinel Star, our local newspaper,  in 1980. These cookies get harder as they get older and have a very long shelf life.  They are delicious and foolproof.


  1. 4 ½ cups sifted all-purpose flour
  2. 1 tablespoon cinnamon
  3. 1  teaspoon salt
  4. 1 teaspoon baking soda
  5. 1 teaspoon ground ginger
  6. ½ teaspoon ground cloves
  7. ½ cup unsalted butter
  8. ½ cup firmly packed brown sugar
  9. 1 egg
  10. 1 cup molasses
  11. 2 teaspoons. vinegar


  1. Sift together flour, cinnamon, salt, soda, ginger, and cloves; set aside.
  2. Cream butter until softened.  Add brown sugar and cream until light and fluffy. Beat in egg.
  3. Gradually add molasses and vinegar.
  4. Stir in dry ingredients to mix.
  5. Divide the dough into three balls, flatten them and wrap them with plastic wrap.
  6. Refrigerate the disks for 3 hours or over-night.

Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees and prepare 2 baking sheets with parchment paper 

  1. On a lightly floured surface, roll out the disks  to 1/8” thickness and cut with a gingerbread men form.
  2. Decorate men’s mouths with a dried cranberry and his eyes and buttons with raisins.
  3. Get someone you love to help you!!!!

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