Create a deliciously cute gingerbread house

What better way to celebrate the holiday season than by creating a festive — and edible — holiday decoration that has been a Christmas tradition for centuries: a gingerbread house! If your baking skills are less than stellar, have no fear. Alex Bandon of “This Old House” shares a sweet and simple recipe.



Gingerbread cookies
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Ingredients

    • 1 cup butter or shortening
    • 1 cup sugar
    • 1 1/4 cups molasses
    • 2 eggs
    • 5 cups flour
    • 1 tsp baking soda
    • 1 tsp grated cloves
    • 1 tsp grated nutmeg
    • 2 tsps grated cinnamon
    • 2 tsps grated dried ginger
  • Icing

    • 1 cup butter or shortening
    • 1 cup sugar
    • 1 1/4 cups molasses
    • 2 eggs
    • 5 cups flour
    • 1 tsp baking soda
    • 1 tsp grated cloves
    • 1 tsp grated nutmeg
    • 2 tsps grated cinnamon
    • 2 tsps grated dried ginger
    • 3 tablespoons meringue powder
    • 4 cups 10x powdered sugar
    • 6 tablespoons water

Preparation

Baking Directions:

Heat oven to 375 degrees.Cream butter and sugar. Add molasses and eggs and mix smooth. Combine all dry ingredients and add slowly to batter. Mix only until incorporated (in other words, don't overmix). Turn dough out onto work surface and gather into a ball. Wrap in plastic and chill 2 hours. Roll dough 1/4" thickness (unless you need it thicker) on lightly floured surface. Cut into desired shapes. Bake 12-18 min.For icing: Combine all ingredients in mixer with a whipping attachment. Beat for 7 to 10 minutes. Adjust consistency so it is not too thin or too thick.

Tips:

Use shortening for a crispier gingerbread and butter for a more tender and flavorful gingerbread experience.

To vote for your favorite gingerbread creation, visit This Old House online.



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