Grandma’s Gingerbread Recipe, Gift Tags and Ornaments

March 14, 2021  Online Recipe Guide Avatar



  • 5 to 5 ½ cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 teaspoons powdered ginger
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1 cup solid vegetable shortening
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 1/4 cups unsulphured molasses*
  • 2 eggs, beaten

Preheat oven 375°F. Thoroughly mix flour, baking soda, salt and spices. Melt shortening in large saucepan. Cool slightly. Add sugar, molasses and eggs; mix well. Add four cups of the dry ingredients and mix again.

Turn mixture onto lightly floured surface. Knead in remaining dry ingredients by hand. Add a little more flour, if necessary, to make the dough firm. Roll out on a lightly floured surface to a 1/4 inch thickness and cut out cookies with Metal Gingerbread Boy and Girl Cookie Cutters.

Bake 6-10 minutes for small to medium size cookies and 10-15 minutes for large cookies.

If you’re not going to use your gingerbread right away, wrap dough in plastic and refrigerate. Refrigerated dough will keep for a week, but be sure to remove it 3 hours prior to rolling so it softens and is workable.

*Substitute 1 1/4 cups light corn syrup for molasses to make Blonde Gingerbread.

Makes 40 medium-sized cookies.

Royal Icing


Beat all ingredients at low speed for 7-10 minutes (10-12 minutes at high speed for portable mixer) until icing forms peaks.

Yields 3 cups of icing.

Decorating Instructions:
With royal icing, pipe outlines and facial features using Tip 3 and Disposable Decorating Bags. Use Wilton’s Icing Colors to create different looks. Attach candy canes with royal icing.

Gift Tags
Pipe outlines and facial features using Tip 3. Attach real ribbon bow with royal icing. Cut a tag from lightweight cardboard and punch a hole to attach to bow.

Place Cards
Ice area where the name will go. Add name and trim with Tip 2. Pipe outlines and facial features using Tip 3. Bake a small triangle shaped gingerbread piece to prop gingerbread cookies up. Prop upright by attaching triangle to back of gingerbread cookies using royal icing.


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