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Giant Gingerbread Kids

1/2 cup sugar
1/2 cup shortening
1/2 cup dark molasses
1/4 cup water
3/4 teaspoon salt
3/4 teaspoon ground ginger
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon ground allspice
2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
raisins or currants for decoration

Beat sugar, shortening, molasses. and water in a large bowl on low
speed until blended. Beat on medium speed 1 minute. Stir in
remaining ingredients, except raisins. Cover and refrigerate until
chilled, 1-2 hours. Heat the oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit Sprinkle
a cloth-covered surface lightly with flour; turn dough onto surface.
Roll dough with a rolling pin until 1/4 inch thick. Cut with a 5
to 8 inch gingerbread kid cutter. Lift cookies carefully with a
large spatula onto an ungreased cookie sheet. Decorate cookies
with raisins. Bake until set, 8-10 minutes. Let cookies cool 3
minutes, then carefully remove from cookie sheet with a spatula.
Cool; decorate with frosting if you like.

Makes about eleven 5 inch or six 8 inch cookies. Great for holiday
gift giving.

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