Gingerbread Men

2¼ cups all-purpose flour

½ cup sugar

½ cup shortening

½ cup light molasses

1 egg

1½ teaspoons cinnamon

1 teaspoon double-acting baking powder

1 teaspoon ginger

1 teaspoon ground cloves

½ teaspoon nutmeg

½ teaspoon baking soda

½ teaspoon salt

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Into large bowl, measure all ingredients. With mixer at medium speed, beat until well mixed. Cover and refrigerate for 1 hour. 

On lightly floured surface, with floured rolling pin, roll dough ⅛ inch thick. With cutters, cut out gingerbread men. Place cutouts ½ inch apart on cookie sheets. Reroll trimmings and cut. Back 8 minutes or until browned. With pancake turner, remove cookies to racks. 

Makes 2 dozen 5-inch cookies.