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Snappy Gingerbread Critters

(FeatureSource) Here’s a fall recipe that kids are sure to enjoy. Using ingredients that you’re likely to have in the pantry, these cookies are easy to make and fun to decorate.


1 cup shortening
¾ cup honey
1 egg
1 cup molasses
1 ½ teaspoon baking soda
½ teaspoon salt
2 teaspoons ground ginger
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon ground cloves
5 cups flour
Animal-shaped cookie cutters
Raisins, nuts, licorice and small candies for decorating


1. Preheat your oven to 375 degrees.
2. Mix the shortening, honey, egg and molasses in a small bowl. Sift the baking soda, salt, ginger, cinnamon, cloves and flour into a large bowl.
3. Add the wet mixture to the dry one and mix well. Refrigerate the dough until it’s chilled.
4. Roll out the dough on a floured surface until it’s ¼ inch thick. Cut out shapes using animal-shaped cookie cutters and place shapes onto an ungreased baking sheet.
5. Have your child decorate each shape with raisins, nuts, licorice and other small candies. (Or bake the gingerbread critters ahead of time and let your child decorate the cooled cookies with frosting and small candies.)
6. Bake the animal shapes for 10 minutes an cool them before eating them.

Source: FeatureSource

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