Recipe: Gingerbread Men

  • 2 cups of molasses.
  • 1 cup of equal parts of butter and lard, mixed.
  • 1 level tablespoonful of ginger.
  • 1 teaspoonful of soda.
  •  Flour to mix very stiff.

Melt the butter, add the molasses and ginger, then the soda, dissolved in a teaspoonful of boiling water; stir in flour till the dough is so stiff you cannot stir it with a spoon; take it out on the floured board, and roll a little at a time, and with a knife cut out a man; press currants in for eyes and for buttons on his coat. Bake in a floured pan.

The Fun of Cooking, by Caroline French Benton (Year 1915)