Ginger Cookies (Gingerbread Men)

“Better known as Gingerbread men. When I was growing up we would use a straw to put a hole in the top, tie a ribbon through it, and hang them on the tree. It was fun getting to eat the cookies off the tree! Be sure to make the men wave and dance (pose their arms and legs) … it gives them character!” – Calla Ferre

“The picture on the on the cover of this cookbook shows me decorating these Gingerbread Men when I was young. Red hots for eyes, and raisins for buttons.” – April Ferre

Ginger Cookies (Gingerbread Men)

Course: Cookies


  • 1/2 Cup Shortening
  • 1/2 Cup Sugar
  • 1/2 Cup Light Molasses
  • 1/2 Tablespoon Vinegar
  • 1 Egg Beaten
  • 3 Cups Flour
  • 1/4 Teaspoon Salt
  • 1/2 Teaspoon Baking Soda
  • 1/2 Teaspoon Cinnamon
  • 1/2 Teaspoon Ginger


  • Bring shortening, sugar, molasses and vinegar to boiling. Cool and add egg. Add sifted dry ingredients; mix well. Chill.
  • Roll on lightly flowered surface. Cut to any desired shape. Bake on greased cookie sheet in moderate oven (375 degrees) for 12 to 15 minutes. Makes 2 1/2 dozen cookies.
  • Use this recipe for Gingerbread Men!

1946 Recipe – Jean Hansen – From Betty Crocker’s Picture Cookbook, 1950