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Gingerbread Boys And Girls

1/3 cup shortening 
1 cup packed brown sugar 
1 1/2 cups dark molasses 
2/3 cup cold water 
7 cups all-purpose flour 
2 teaspoons baking soda 
1 teaspoon salt 
1 teaspoon ground allspice 
1 teaspoon ground ginger 
1 teaspoon crushed cloves (optional) 
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon 
2 egg yolks 
10 drops food coloring 
1/2 teaspoon water 
3/4 cup raisins 


Directions 

1 Mix shortening, brown sugar, and molasses thoroughly. Stir in 2/3 cup water. Blend flour, soda, salt, and spices; stir into molasses mixture. Chill for about 1 hour. 
2 Roll the dough about 1/4 inch thick. Cut with boy and girl cookie cutters. 
3 Make egg yolk paint by blending egg yolks and 1/2 teaspoon water. Divide the yolk among a few small bowls, and add food coloring to each cup for desired color. Paint the clothes and decorations on the cookies as desired. Carefully transfer to a lightly greased baking sheet. Using a toothpick, make a hole in the top of each cookie. Press raisins into dough for eyes, nose, mouth. Use bits of candied cherries for coat buttons, and strips of citron for ties. 
4 Bake at 350 degrees F (175 degrees C) for 10 to 12 minutes. Cool slightly, then carefully remove from baking sheet. 

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