​"To Master John, the English Maid
A horn book gives of GINGERBREAD.
And that the Child may learn the better,
As he can name, he eats the letter.
Proceeding thus with vast Delight,
He spells and gnaws from left to right!"
- Priors Poems

       carved by Gene Wilson        
6.3 x 3.5" cherrywood 

Gingerbread Horn Book Mold
Handcarved by Gene Wilson
HOBI, P O Box 25, Belleville, IL 62222
Gene Wilson is "America's Cookie Mold Carver" and
 offers 100 other hand carved molds at www.CookieMold.com
Gene's Gingerbread Cookie Recipe

  1 cup molasses (mild, e.g. Brer Rabbit}
  1 cup margarine
  1 cup dark brown sugar
  5 cups sifted, all-purpose flour
  3 teaspoons ground ginger
  2 teaspoon cinnamon
  1/4 teaspoon salt
  1 large egg
  1 teaspoon vanilla

1] Heat molasses in large saucepan. Remove from heat,
stir in margarine and brown sugar. Cool.
2] Sift flour and dry ingredients.
3] Slowly, a little at a time, stir most of this flour mixture 
    into the molasses-margarine-sugar mixture.
4] Add egg and vanilla, mix well.
5] Stir in remaining flour, blend well.
6] Cover dough lightly; chill for 4 hrs or overnight.
7] Follow the instructions (at right) for molding in deep cavity molds 
8] Place cookies on lightly greased cookie sheet. Bake in preheated oven at 
350 degrees for 10-15 minutes.

Hints: Less spices may be used if your children find this
gingerbread too spicy. Can be kept in freezer for weeks

​This 6.3 x 3.5" solid cherrywood mold, filled with dough of the recipe below produces 
tasty gingerbread hornbooks each measuring 5.75 x 3"
With each hornbook mold ordered you receive our complete recipe, instruction booklet and 16 page hornbook history.
Backside of mold has hanging hole, date and carver's signature, and two poems pertaining to the gingerbread hornbook
I​nstructions for Molding Cookies
[Deep Cavity Molds]:

A - Dust the mold cavity with powdered sugar.
Remove excess sugar & save for redusting mold.

B - Press a portion of chilled dough into the cavity.
Cut away excess dough.

C - Holding your hand at the top of the mold, with the dough-filled 
cavity facing down, slam the bottom edge of the mold against the
work surface so as to cause the cookie figure to loosen
and release. Some molds may require your guiding the 
partially released cookie to the cookie sheet.