Gingerbread Village

Melanie Campbell

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@RossCampbell

Meringue powder can be found in craft and cake decorating supply stores.

Complete the landscape of your village with a gingerbread cookie tree. Use 5 small star-shaped cookie cutters in graduated sizes. Bake about 5 minutes. When cool, stack with icing in between and decorate.

Royal Icing dries out quickly, so keep it covered with plastic wrap and work with small portions. Place small portions in small resealable food-storage plastic bags, snip off a corner and squeeze the bag for easy decorating.


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Serves:

30

Prep:

3 Hr

Cook:

4 Hr 30 Min

Method:

Bake

Ingredients

GINGERBREAD AND DECORATIONS

1/2 c
packed brown sugar
1/4 c
shortening
3/4 c
full-flavor molasses
1/3 c
cold water
3 1/2 c
all-purpose flour
1 tsp
baking soda
1 tsp
ground ginger
1/2 tsp
salt
1/2 tsp
ground allspice
1/2 tsp
ground cloves
1/2 tsp
ground cinnamon
assorted candies, nuts, cookies, crackers and cereal

ROYAL ICING

1 pkg
(16 oz) powdered sugar (4 1/2 cups)
1/3 c
cup warm water (105°f to 115°f)
3 Tbsp
meringue powder
1 tsp
vanilla
1/2 tsp
cream of tartar
food colors, if desired

Directions Step-By-Step

1
Heat oven to 350°F. Grease 9-inch square pan and 15x10x1-inch rectangular pan. In large bowl, mix brown sugar, shortening and molasses until well blended. Stir in cold water. Stir in remaining gingerbread ingredients except assorted candies. Press one-third of dough into square pan. Press remaining dough into rectangular pan.
2
Bake 1 pan at a time about 15 minutes or until no indentation remains when touched in center. Cool 5 minutes. Turn upside down onto large cutting surface. Immediately cut gingerbread in rectangular pan into fourths and then into buildings as shown in illustration. Cut gingerbread in square pan into braces as shown. Cool completely, about 25 minutes.
3
In large bowl, beat all icing ingredients except food colors with electric mixer on low speed until mixed. Beat on high speed 7 to 10 minutes or until very stiff. Divide and tint as desired with food colors. Decorate fronts of buildings as desired, using icing and assorted candies, nuts, cookies, crackers and cereal. Use icing to attach braces to backs of buildings. Let stand 30 minutes or until icing is completely set. Complete by decorating as desired.

About this Recipe

Course/Dish: Cookies
Main Ingredient: Spice/Herb/Seasoning
Regional Style: English