Gingerbread (House or Men)

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Laura Spencer-Whitacre

By
@thebiscottigirl

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

Blue Ribbon Recipe

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


Rating:

★★★★★ 2 votes

Comments:
Serves:
makes a large house or a family of gingerbread people :)
Prep:
30 Min
Cook:
10 Min
Method:
Bake

Ingredients

  • 5 c
    all-purpose flour
  • 1 tsp
    baking soda
  • 1 tsp
    ginger
  • 2 tsp
    cinnamon
  • 1 tsp
    nutmeg
  • 1 tsp
    cloves
  • 1 c
    vegetable shortening
  • 1 1/2 c
    molasses
  • 2 large
    eggs, beaten
  • 1 c
    sugar

How to Make Gingerbread (House or Men)

Step-by-Step

  1. Mix flour, soda, salt, and spices. Set aside.
  2. Melt shortening in large saucepan.
  3. Add sugar, molasses, and eggs. Mix well and cool slightly.
  4. Add 4 cups dry ingredients and mix well.
  5. Turn mixture onto a lightly flowered surface.
  6. Knead remaining dry ingredients by hand; can use 1/2 cup more flour if needed.
  7. Roll dough 1/8th inch thick.
  8. Cut out pieces with cutters or sharp knife.
  9. Place on greased cookie sheets and bake at 375* for 8 to 10 minutes.
  10. Cool 1 minute on cookie sheet then remove to cool.
  11. If 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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