Gingerbread Boy Cookies: Grandma Dobberfuhl’s Recipe

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These Gingerbread Boy cookies are rich in flavor with molasses and ginger. They bake flat making them perfect to decorate with Royal Icing. This recipe has been passed down through three generations.

Thursday was  Little Finch’s preschool Christmas party – Christmas cookie decorating. There was a sign up sheet with a bunch of different items to bring. I was apparently the last one to sign up because the only item not claimed were gingerbread cookies. Probably because who the heck bakes gingerbread cookies? Well, my gut reaction was “oh great” and then after it set in I got really excited! My grandma (who is 93 years old) on my dad’s side always has gingerbread cookies at her house when we make our yearly trip up to see her in Wisconsin. Several years ago she gave me her cookbook that has the recipe for the gingerbread boys. I had never made them before until the other night. I had so much fun making these and absolutely love the recipe!

Gingerbread Boy Cookies

Better Homes and Gardens Cookies and Candies from 1966 – In here she wrote down the dates that she made certain things. Pretty neat!

Although I never actually made these with my grandma I’m really excited about making this a yearly tradition with my kiddos and someday grandkids (ahh!!) I hope you enjoy this recipe/Christmas tradition as much as I do!

Gingerbread Boy Cookies

Let’s Make Them Together!

Cream together shortening and sugar

Gingerbread Boy Cookies | Gathered In The Kitchen -

Cream together until really white and fluffy

Gingerbread Boy Cookies | Gathered In The Kitchen

Add in egg and molasses

Gingerbread Boy Cookies | Gathered In The Kitchen

Add in vinegar

Gingerbread Boy Cookies | Gathered In The Kitchen

Mix to combine

Gingerbread Boy Cookies | Gathered In The Kitchen

Sift 5 cups of flour

Gingerbread Boy Cookies | Gathered In The Kitchen

Mix in baking soda and salt

Gingerbread Boy Cookies | Gathered In The Kitchen

Add cinnamon, ginger and ground cloves. Stir together

Gingerbread Boy Cookies | Gathered In The Kitchen

Cover with plastic wrap and chill in the refrigerator for at least 3 hours

Gingerbread Boy Cookies | Gathered In The Kitchen

Place dough on lightly floured surface (my dough was really dry so I drizzled in a little vegetable oil

Place dough on lightly floured surface (my dough was really dry so I drizzled in a little vegetable oil

Roll and cut out

Gingerbread Boy Cookies | Gathered In The Kitchen

Bake at 375 degrees F for 5-6 minutes

Gingerbread Boy Cookies | Gathered In The Kitchen
Gingerbread Boy Cookies | Gathered In The Kitchen

Royal Icing

Have fun decorating with my no-fail 3 ingredient Royal Icing recipe and sprinkles!

Gingerbread Boy Cookies

Decorate the cookies or eat plain (my favorite way!)

Gingerbread Boy Cookies: Grandma Dobberfuhl’s Recipe  
Recipe Type: Cookies
Author: Stephanie Bruce
Cook time: 6 mins
Total time: 6 mins
Serves: 5 dozen
Ingredients
  • 1c shortening
  • 1c sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1c molasses
  • 2tbs vinegar
  • 5c sifted all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/2tsp soda
  • 1/2tsp salt
  • 2 to 3tsp ginger
  • 1tsp cinnamon
  • 1tsp cloves
Instructions
  1. Thoroughly cream shortening with sugar. Stir in egg, molasses, and vinegar; beat well. Sift together dry ingredients; stir into molasses mixture. Chill at least 3 hours.
  2. On lightly floured surface, roll dough to 1/8″ thickness. Cut with a gingerbread-boy cutter. Place 1″ apart on greased cookie sheet. Use red cinnamon candies for faces and buttons (optional). Bake in moderate oven (375 degrees) for 5 to 6 minutes. Cool slightly, remove from cookie sheet and cool on rack.
  3. Makes 5 dozen 4″ cookies.

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Grandma with 3 of her 19 (including the 2 that are on the way!) great grandkids!!

My sister’s and my kids with their Great Grandma at Christmas 2010

Christmas 2011 (technically Thanksgiving)

It gets harder and harder each year to get all of the kids to pose! šŸ™‚

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  1. A friend of mine has a small Christmas tree on her kitchen counter and she decorates it with homemade gingerbread cookies. Just an idea. šŸ™‚

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