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These are soft and puffy molasses cookies. Perfect for gingerbread boys!



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


  • 2 cups sifted confectioners' sugar
  • 3 tablespoons butter, melted
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 to 3 teaspoons milk
  • Paste food coloring


  1. Mix thoroughly the shortening, brown sugar and molasses; stir in water.
  2. Sift together remaining ingredients and stir in.
  3. Chill dough.
  4. Roll dough out very thick (1/2 inch). Cut with 2 1/2-inch round cutter. Place far apart on lightly greased baking sheet. You may sprinkle the tops with sugar before you bake them.
  5. Bake at 350 degrees F for about 15 minutes or until no imprint remains when touched lightly with finger.

Yields 1 dozen cookies; 1 cup frosting

Gingerbread Boys

Follow recipe for dough, except mix in 1 more cup of flour.

Chill dough.

Roll out thick. Cut cookies out with a gingerbread boy cookie cutter.


Pipe Frosting as desired.

Combine first 4 ingredients. Beat at medium speed of electric mixer 1 minute or until of piping consistency. Stir in food coloring as desired.

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