Gingerbread (House or Men)

Laura Spencer-Whitacre


When I had my bakery going I made gingerbread houses for everybody I knew, lol. Today it's the little guys.

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A fantastic addition to your Christmas cookie tray! These gingerbread cookies are soft with a wonderful molasses and spice flavor. They're slightly sweet with just the perfect amount of holiday spices. While they're baking, the whole house smells like Christmas. The dough is very easy to work with and the cookies are fun to make.

Note: If making a gingerbread house, we'd roll out the dough to 1/4 inch. Bake the pieces at 350 for 15-17 minutes. Let the pieces dry overnight, glue together with royal icing and enjoy decorating! The Test Kitchen


★★★★★ 2 votes

makes a large house or a family of gingerbread people :)
30 Min
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5 c
all-purpose flour
1 tsp
baking soda
1 tsp
2 tsp
1 tsp
1 tsp
1 c
vegetable shortening
1 1/2 c
2 large
eggs, beaten
1 c

How to Make Gingerbread (House or Men)


  • 1Mix flour, soda, salt, and spices. Set aside.
  • 2Melt shortening in large saucepan.
  • 3Add sugar, molasses, and eggs. Mix well and cool slightly.
  • 4Add 4 cups dry ingredients and mix well.
  • 5Turn mixture onto a lightly flowered surface.
  • 6Knead remaining dry ingredients by hand; can use 1/2 cup more flour if needed.
  • 7Roll dough 1/8th inch thick.
  • 8Cut out pieces with cutters or sharp knife.
  • 9Place on greased cookie sheets and bake at 375* for 8 to 10 minutes.
  • 10Cool 1 minute on cookie sheet then remove to cool.
  • 11If cutting out gingerbread house pieces shape after baking while still hot. Garnish with everything you can find that's fun. Royal icing for the snow and trees works great. Have fun! xoxoxox

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