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Thanks to the viewer who contributed this recipe!

Kaitlyn used this recipe and made one great big gingerbread cookie for Christmas all decorated with holiday Smarties. Don't worry if you do not have cookie cutters. We have some simple shape templates that you can cut out and then hold over the dough while you trace the shape with a knife.

Gingerbread Cookies
 • 2/3 cup shortening
 • 1/2 cup brown sugar, packed
 • 1 tsp cinnamon
 • 1/4 tsp ground cloves
 • 2 tsp ground ginger
 • pinch salt
 • 3/4 cup molasses
 • 1 egg
 • 3 cups flour
 • 1/2 tsp baking powder
 • 1 tsp baking soda
 1.  Collect all of the ingredients above and
     bring them to your work area along with
     2 bowls for mixing, a measuring cup,
     measuring spoons, a tablespoon, a wooden
     spoon, an electric mixer, a cookie
     sheet, oven mitts and a spatula.
 2.  Use an electric mixer on medium speed to cream together the first 6 ingredients.
 3.  Add the egg and mix.
 4.  Add molasses and mix again.
 5.  Combine flour, baking powder and baking soda in a separate bowl.
 6.  Add the flour mixture to the creamed mixture about 1/4 cup at a time and stir until well blended.
 7.  Cover with saran wrap and chill for 1 hour.
 8.  Preheat oven to 375 F.
 9.  Roll out dough 1/4 at a time to 1/8" thickness or slightly thicker on a lightly floured board.
 10. Cut with a cookie cutter and transfer to a non-stick cookie sheet.
 11. Repeat with remaining dough. Before baking, decorate with raisins as you like.
 12. Place in oven for 8 - 10 minutes.
 13. While the cookies are baking, tidy your work area.
 14. Cool on a wire rack
 15. Decorate with icing, m&m's, chocolate chips or any other items you wish.


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