Sarah’s favorite pass time in her growing up years was experimenting in the kitchen! To this day her family still asks “Is this a real recipe or did you make it up?” Her sisters are keeping an old family saying alive by announcing if something is a ‘keeper’ or not!

Gingerbread Men

½ cup butter
¾ cup brown sugar
¾ cup molasses
1 egg
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1 ½ teaspoon ginger
½ teaspoon ground cloves
¼ teaspoon salt
4 cups flour
Blend butter, sugar, and molasses with the egg. Add spices, soda, salt, and flour to the butter mixture. If dough is too soft to roll out chill it or add a bit more flour. If too stiff to roll out add a bit of water. Roll out on a floured board 1/8 th inch thick. Put on ungreased cookie sheet. Put on raisins, nuts, or dried fruit before baking for the eyes and buttons. Sprinkle on white sugar. Bake at 350° 8 to 10 minutes. Makes 18 to 20 figures 5 inches tall.

This recipe is revised from one I got out of an old 1700 collection of recipes. It is a ‘keeper’!