I just want to add: This recipe calls for the cookies to be baked at 375*. I made sure the paper straws would not burn, but if your recipe is a higher temperature.. I suggest you watch them closely. ;)
(Recipe from Better Homes and Garden)
1/2 cup Shortening
1/2 cup sugar
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon ground ginger
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon cloves
1/2 cup molasses
1 tablespoon vinegar
2 1/2 cups flour
1 package of paper straws or popsicle sticks
1.Beat shortning with an electric mixer for 3O seconds. Add in baking powder, sugar, ginger, cinnamon, baking soda, and cloves. Beat until combined well. Add in molasses, vinegar and egg until all is combined. Beat in flour (as much as you can) and stir the remaining amount. Cover and Chill for at least 2 hours or dough is easy to handle.
2. Grease cookie sheet and preheat oven to 375*. Use half of dough, roll dough onto lightly floured surface. The recipe called for 1/8 thick for each cookie, but I made mine a little thicker. Use your cookie cutter to make shapes and put onto cookies sheets. My son loved helping me with this part.
3. Bake for 5 to 6 minutes or until edges of cookies are light brown. Let cool for one minute.
4. Decorate cookies with frosting, sprinkles or powder sugar.
My kids loved them!
The gingerbread lollipops (as we call them) are so cute! The words "and visions of sugar plums danced in their heads" kept coming to mind when I was making these :)