Gingerbread Cookie Recipe for making Gingerbread
1 cup shortening
1 cup margarine
1 ½ cups brown sugar
1 ½ teaspoons baking soda
1 ½ teaspoons cinnamon
¾ teaspoon baking powder
1 cup molasses
1 ½ teaspoons ground ginger
Then beat in:
1 ½ teaspoons vanilla
8 ¼ cups flour
Chill dough 3 hours.
Bake 10 to 12 min. on ungreased baking sheet, 375 degrees F.
Due to cautions about eating raw eggs, a safe
alternative is to use meringue powder for making royal
icing instead of fresh egg whites. Meringue powder
icing maintains its consistency well. You can find
meringue powder at craft stores or powdered egg
whites in the baking isle of your grocery store.
Use the recipe below:
3 tablespoons meringue powder
4 cups (1 lb) powdered sugar
6 tablespoons water (approximately)
Combine all ingredients and beat for several minutes. Icing should
be fluffy and hold its shape, not runny and not too dry. If it's too
dry, add additional water a few drops at a time until you get the
right consistency. It should be easy to squeeze out of an icing
bag. The icing hardens quickly, so after mixing, cover bowl with a
damp towel to keep the icing soft. Refrigerate unused portions.
Note: If you are using dehydrated egg whites from the grocery
store instead of meringue powder, add 1/4 teaspoon cream of
tartar to the recipe.
|Always use royal frosting instead of soft cake frosting. Because of the |
|dehydrated egg whites in meringue powder, this frosting dries hard as |
|Make gingerbread house in stages to make things easier (especially if |
|working with children): Make dough ahead and freeze, bake pieces |
several days before assembly, have base and any other assembly
materials ready a day in advance.
|When working with small children (or groups of people), assemble the |
|house a couple days in advance and just let kids put candy on the |
house and yard.
|Make extra cookie pieces for people to eat! That way you won't lose a |
|door or roof!|
|Use a firm base to put the house on. A flexible base will make the |
|house pop off!|
|Use soup cans to hold the walls up while you use frosting to glue them |
|A gingerbread recipe with eggs is usually the easiest to work with. It is |
|more like clay.|
|Let your cookie pieces dry and harden for a few hours or even a day or |
|two before assembly.|
|Decorate walls as much as possible before assembling house. It is |
|easier to work on a flat surface.|
Click here for a gingerbread house
pattern that you can use as is, or enlarge
at a copy center. Don't forget to create a
pattern for a small chimney if you want
note about egg