GingerBread Cookies

gingerbreadMenIt’s 273 days until Christmas; so no better time to bake GingerBread Men!  Haha  BUT this weekend is also Easter Weekend, and so we decorated mostly GingerBread Eggs!  This recipe makes great cookies – but the cooking time is WAY off; so be careful and watch these closely for your first batch.  I will indicate in the recipe how long I baked them for, and at what temperature.

The rolling pin in the back was my Oma's! Grandma's Mom - It squeaks and rattles; but it works great!
The rolling pin in the back was my Oma’s! Grandma’s Mom – It squeaks and rattles; but it works great!


My husband and I have decorated 100s of cookies, so sometimes the decorating ideas get a little creative.  Can you spot the cookie decorated like a park, with a pond, path & trees?  Bonus points if you can guess who decorated it!


And look!  Even the husband wouldn’t eat these black cookies!  The first batch came out pretty rough!  But once I made a small adjustment, the rest of the cookies were perfect 🙂


Here is Grandma’s recipe card:


And this is the printable recipe:

Gingerbread Cookies

  • 2 cups flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon ginger
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup shortening
  • 1/2 cup molasses
  • 3 tablespoon hot water
  1. Blend Well. 
  2. Chill 1 hr. 
  3. Roll out 1/8” thick, cut cookies. 
  4. Place on non-greased cooking sheet. 
  5. Bake at 350 for 7-9 minutes. (Grandma’s original says 400 for 8 – 10 minutes)
  6. Cool and decorate.
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