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Gingerbread Cookies

Gingerbread Cookies

3hr 20mins 2 Dozen Ingredients: 6 c flour
1 TBS baking powder
1 TBS ground ginger
1 tsp nutmeg
1 tsp ground cloves
1 tsp ground cinnamon
1 c shortening
1 c molasses
1 c brown sugar
1/2 c water
1 egg
1 tsp vanilla

So we have established that I have a serious problem with sugar, gingerbread houses and cookies are no exception to the rule. 

I have a tendency to go a bit crazy on my gingerbread house building. I don't like to buy kits and I don't like to just do the four walls and a roof. I like to go all out and be creative. I mean why the heck not? We often get invited to a holiday party that has a gingerbread house competition and I will not be outdone, I have a bit of a streak there. 

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In past years we have done: A tent, A trailer park house, and a teepee. Cause I can. Now since these babies don't come in a kit that means I got to make these on my own. So I found a recipe and tweaked a bit and then use this every time I want to make my own house. 

R E C I P E


6 cups flour

1 TBS baking powder

1 TBS ground ginger

1 tsp nutmeg

1 tsp ground cloves

1 tsp ground cinnamon

1 cup of shortening (room temp)

1 cup molasses

1 cup brown sugar

1/2 cup water

1 egg

1 tsp vanilla


In a mixer mix shortening, molasses, brown sugar, water, egg and vanilla until smooth. Make sure there are no lumps. In a separate bowl mix the flour, baking powder, ginger, nutmeg, cloves and cinnamon. Slowly add the dry to the wet until it is just mixed. Over mixing makes the dough tough which means hard cookies. Break the dough down into three piece wrap in plastic wrap and refrigerate for 3 hours. 

Start by preheating the oven to 350. I always like to run my oven at least once before I put in anything, so the heat is even throughout. 

Take your dough out and on a lightly floured surface roll out your dough until it is about 1/4 inch thick. I like to use this rolling pin, it is weighted. Once it is rolled out, get to work. Now if you are doing a cool pattern, make sure you have the pieces mapped out on paper and cut them out, if you are just making people, use the cookie cutter like this dude who has rubber on the edges to save your hands! 

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Place them on a cookie sheet, I use parchment paper on mine cause I hate washing my pans, and bake for 10 minutes or until the edges are light brown. This will make the cookie soft, if you want it harder, cook for an additional 2 minutes. 

Once out, place them on cooking racks and allow them to completely cool. Use royal icing to decorate those pups or build your house of wonders. 

I want to see your house, what cool creation did you build?! Post your image and tag me!

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