Gingerbread Houses
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Serves: 3 houses
Adapted from a great kid's program at the Missouri Botanical Garden, this is the perfect gingerbread for making houses. It also actually tastes good so it makes great gingerbread people as well.
  • 1 12 ounce jar of molasses
  • ¾ cup sugar
  • 9 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 3 tablespoons milk
  • 6 cups all purpose flour
  • 1½ teaspoons baking soda
  • 1½ teaspoons salt
  • 1½ teaspoons nutmeg
  • 1½ teaspoons cinnamon
  • 1½ teaspoons ground cloves
  • 1½ teaspoons powdered ginger
  1. Preheat oven to 350.
  2. Heat molasses to boiling then whisk in the sugar, butter and milk.
  3. Remove from heat and stir in dry ingredients.
  4. Cool just until easy to handle then roll out to about ¼ inch thickness. It will be easier to cut square walls if you roll the dough into a rectangle shape.
  5. Cut into a front, a back, two walls and two roof pieces. Cut doors and windows as desired. Cut gingerbread children and farm animals with cutters and use scraps to cut rectangles and circles for benches, paving stones, chimneys, etc.
  6. Bake on parchment lined cookie sheets about 7 minutes then cool completely before building.
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