We decorated gingerbread houses last week. SO FUN! I'm going to share my super secret recipe for the most perfect gingerbread house decorating party. Please pay careful attention.
|Assemble your little house the night before so the icing will harden up and will withstand heavy-handed candy application!|
My recipe is for very sturdy gingerbread, perfect for building projects. It does taste really good though, and if you plan on eating and not building, you can bake it for less time and it won't be as hard. I've passed this recipe on to many people and every one has good luck with it so I'd love to know if you use it.
Gingerbread House Recipe
Bring to a boil: 3/4 C shortening, 6 oz (3/4 C) molasses, 3/4 C sugar, 1 1/2 Tbls. vinegar
Pour this mixture into a heavy duty mixer and add: 4 1/2 C flour, 3/4 t. salt, 3/4 t. soda, 1 t. ginger, 1 t. cinnamon. Add 2 eggs and mix. Dough is best worked soon or it will be difficult to handle. Roll 1/8" thick and cut shapes. Bake at 350 F for approximately 20 minutes. Loosen cookies with spatula, turn off oven and return cookies to oven to rest for about an hour to harden.
Use Royal Icing to act as the edible glue to assemble houses together and affix candy. I use Wilton Meringue Powder and powdered sugar and follow the recipe on the container.
|Over the years I have made perhaps a thousand of these 8" men. I'm not kidding.|
This makes about twelve 8" men or three 6" houses. My house cookie cutters are from Wilton years ago, a quick internet search and I found quite a few, but they seemed bigger than this one I have. I double the recipe above and have made dozens for parties in past years. You can start baking these in October and store in shirt boxes and assemble the night before you plan on decorating. Recipe is easily doubled.