3 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 1/2 teaspoons ground ginger
1 1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup white sugar 1/2 cup shortening
1 cup molasses
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 1/2 teaspoons warm water
1/4 cup raisins for decorating
1.) In large bowl, cream shortening, sugar, egg and warmed molasses. Dissolve baking soda in warm water and add to egg mixture. Beat until smooth.
2.) Slowly add flour, spices and salt. Mix until well blended.
3.) Cover and chill for 24 hours.
4.) Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Grease cookie sheets.
5.) Roll out dough to a thickness of 1/4 inch on a floured surface. Cut out gingerbread men using cookie cutters and place 2 inches apart on cookie sheets. Bake 10 to 12 minutes. Let cool on wire racks.
6.) Use black icing to make an “X” where the eyes should be, you can also make a frown for a mouth using the icing. Or be creative and break the gingerbread man’s head, leg or arm off, use red icing and splatter “blood” all over the poor little guy… and if you want to be really creative, why not make “skeleton gingerbread men” like the picture? It’s not that difficult, but be ready for the trial and error that comes along with trying something new. However, don’t be afraid to play around with these cookies, make some zombie gingerbread men if you wish or even a few vampires (just make sure they don’t sparkle).