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Gingerbread Man Cookies

1 cup packed dark brown sugar
3/4 cup granulated sugar
1/2 cup shortening
1/4 cup molasses
2 eggs
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
2 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon ground ginger
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
red sugar crystals

Preheat oven to 300 degrees.

Cream together the sugars, shortening, molasses, eggs, and vanilla
in a large bowl. Beat with an electric mixer until smooth. In
another large bowl, combine flour, baking soda, baking powder,
ginger, salt, cinnamon, and cloves. Add the dry mixture to the wet
mixture, stirring while you add it. Roll a portion of the dough
out on a heavily floured surface. Roll to under 1/4-inch thick.
Cut the cookies using a man-shaped cookie cutter, or any other
cookie cutter shape you've got in the bottom drawer Place cookies
on an oiled cookie sheet and bake for 15 to 18 minutes. Bake only
one cookie sheet of cookies at a time.

Makes around 3 dozen cookies.


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