3/4 cup shortening
1 cup sugar
1/4 cup molasses
2 tsp. baking soda
2 cups flour
1/2 tsp. cloves
1/2 tsp. ginger
1 tsp. cinnamon
1/2 tsp. salt
additional sugar for decorating
Melt shortening and let cool. Add sugar, molasses and egg. Beat well. In separate bowl, combine dry ingredients. Gradually add to sugar mixture.
Refrigerate dough overnight.
Roll dough on floured surface and cut out gingerbread man shapes or desired shape.
If making round cookies, sprinkle with sugar and bake 350 oven for 6-8 minutes.
Otherwise, bake gingerbread men as directed above and transfer to cooling rack. When cool, decorate as desired.
Tip: Before baking, use a straw and poke top of gingerbread mans head to make a hole for hanging.
Bake as directed and cool. Decorate your silly men and string with ribbon for a darling Christmas tree ornament or garland around the mantel :)