Mix yeast with warm water and 1 tablespoon of sugar.
Place flour in a large bowl, make a well in the middle of the flour and pour yeast mixture into the well, cover and let rise for 20 minutes.
Combine milk, butter, shortening, and sugar in a saucepan and heat gently then set aside to cool.
Mix 4 eggs with vanilla extract and lemon peel and beat until smooth. Add to milk mixture once cooled down.
Add milk mixture to flour and mix all the ingredients together. Knead into a ball, dust with flour and let rise for 45 minutes
Roll dough and divide into 10 pieces to form into gingerbread men shaped Weckmänner. Place the Weckmänner on a large baking sheet covered with baking or wax paper, making sure to leave enough room between each shape. Let rise for a further 20 to 45 minutes.
Beat 1 eggs and mix with water
Brush Weckmänner with egg/water mixture, decorate with raisins and dried cranberries for the eyes and buttons.
Bake at 325 to 350 degrees F for 10-15 minutes.