Holiday How-To: Make a Gingerbread House

Holiday How-To: Make a Gingerbread House

Gingerbread House I set out on a quest to figure out how to make a gingerbread house and happened upon this informative website with helpful patterns and a recipe for gingerbread. Gingerbread houses make a fun addition to any Christmas decorations.
Suggestion: Instead of making and decorating your gingerbread house all in one day, split up the fun into several days. First, make your gingerbread. The next day,
assemble the house. The third day, decorate your creation.

How to Make a Gingerbread House

Healthy Gingerbread Cookies Recipe

(Recipe from: Taste of Home Online)

3/4 cup butter, softened
1 cup packed brown sugar
1 egg
3/4 cup molasses
4 cups all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons ground ginger
1-1/2 teaspoons baking soda
1-1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
3/4 teaspoon ground cloves
1/4 teaspoon salt
Vanilla frosting of your choice
Red and green paste food coloring

In a large mixing bowl, cream butter and brown sugar until light and fluffy. Add egg and molasses. Combine the flour, ginger, baking soda, cinnamon, cloves and salt; gradually add to creamed mixture and mix well. Cover and refrigerate for 4 hours or overnight or until easy to handle.

On a lightly floured surface, roll dough to 1/8-in. thickness. Cut with floured 2-1/2-in. cookie cutters. Place 1 in. apart on ungreased baking sheets. Bake at 350° for 8-10 minutes or until edges are firm. Remove to wire racks to cool. Tint some of the frosting red and some green. Decorate cookies.
Yield: 5 dozen