Gingerbread Christmas Ornaments
3 tabs. shortening
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 cup molasses
1 teas. baking soda
3/4 cup water
3 1/2 cups flour
1 teaspoon of cloves, ginger and cinnamon
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Beat shortening and sugar together until light and fluffy,
stir in molasses.
Sift the dry ingredients together. Stir them into shortening
mixture in 3 parts alternating with a 1/4 cup of water each time. Dough will be
stiff. Refrigerate overnight.
Cut dough into 3 pieces. Knead to warm dough slightly, then
roll each piece out about 1/4 inch thick. Cut cookie out with a gingerbread
pattern of your choice. Use a drinking straw to punch hole in center if ornament
will be hanging.
Place cookies on cookie sheet and bake 20 minutes, turn oven
off and let cool in oven. Remove from cookie sheet and place on rack to dry for
about 3 days to totally harden.
These cookies are purely for decorative purposes and not to
If you wish you can seal cookies with 3 coats of clear
acrylic and decorate with colorful acrylic pains when dry.