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Easy Gingerbread Boy Cookie Recipe

With both a little sweet and spice, these easy roll-out cookies will quickly make the list of your family's treasured holiday tradtions.
Prep Time 3 hrs 15 mins
Cook Time 6 mins


  • 1 c shortening
  • 1 c sugar
  • 1 c molasses
  • 2 T vinegar
  • 5 c flour
  • 1/2 t salt
  • 4 t ginger
  • 3 t cloves
  • 2 T cinnamon
  • 1/2 c red hot (amount may vary)


  • Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Cream shortening and sugar until light and fluffy. Add molasses, egg, and vinegar. Beat until smooth. Sift dry ingredients together then add to molasses mixture. Beat until thoroughly combined. Chill dough for at least 3 hours. Roll out dough on a floured surface (rolling to a thicker depth makes for a softer cookie). Use cookie cutters to cut out in desired shapes. Use a spatula to place on a greased cookie sheet. Before placing in the oven, place a few red hots on each cookie. Bake 6-7 minutes. Watch the cookies closely, making sure to remove the cookies from the oven before the red hots burst. Cool on cookie sheet for 2-3 minutes then remove to a wire rack to cool completely. Store in airtight container.
    Pro tip: this dough is easier to work with when chilled. Chill the roll out scraps for a short time before re-rolling.