3 1/2 cups flour
1 1/2 teaspoons ground ginger
1 1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 cup shortening
1 cup molasses
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 1/2 teaspoons warm water
1/4 cup raisins for decorating
1 In large bowl, cream shortening, sugar, egg and warmed molasses. Dissolve baking soda in warm water and add to egg mixture. Beat until smooth.
2 Slowly add flour, spices and salt. Mix until well blended.
3 Cover and chill for 24 hours.
4 Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Grease cookie sheets.
5 Roll out dough to a thickness of 1/4 inch on a floured surface. Cut out gingerbread men using cookie cutters and place 2 inches apart on cookie sheets.
6 Use raisins to make eyes, noses and buttons. Bake 10 to 12 minutes. Let cool on wire racks.
Use icing to make "X"s for eyes, bloody gashes and decorate accordingly