In many New England households, Christmas means plates full of gingerbread men. This recipe is easy, and good.
Pour water over butter or lard and add sugar and molasses. Sift together flour, soda, salt, and spices and beat into sugar mixture. Chill thoroughly. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Roll dough thin and cut into shapes with cookie cutter. Bake 8 to 10 minutes.