Ingredients:

  • 5 cups of flour
  • 2 tbs of ground ginger
  • 1 ½ teaspoon of baking soda
  • 1 tsp of ground cloves
  • ½ tsp of salt
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 cup shortening
  • 1 egg
  • 1 cup molasses
  • 2 tbs of vinegar

To prepare the frosting:

  • 6 tbs of butter
  • 4 ½ cups of confectioner’s sugar
  • 1 tsp of vanilla

Cooking Instructions:

  1. In a mixer bowl with a flat beater attached add granulated sugar and shortening and set to speed 4 until light and fluffy.
  2. Beat in egg, molasses and vinegar.
  3. In a large bowl mix together flour, ground ginger, baking soda, ground cloves and salt.
  4. Now reduce the speed to stir and mix in the flour mixture, in 3 additions.
  5. Divide the dough into 3 disks and wrap with plastic.
  6. Refrigerate the dough for at least 3 hours.

To prepare the frosting:

  1. In a mixer bowl with the flat beater attached and set to speed 4, beat butter until smooth and creamy.
  2. Reduce the speed, mix in vanilla and confectioners sugar in 2 additions. Set frosting aside.
  3. Preheat your oven to 375 F.
  4. Flour your work surface and your rolling pin as well.
  5. Work with one disk at a time. Roll out dough to an 1/8 inch thickness.
  6. Using a cookie cutter, cut out your shapes and place them at least 2 inches apart on a baking sheet
  7. Cookies will take about 5 minutes to cook
  8. Then transfer to a cooling rack.
  9. Make sure the cookies are completely cooled before frosting.