Use this same recipe for making
a Gingerbread house. Get out the candy canes, M & M's for the roof, Hard
rock candy for a walkway, tootsie rolls for a wood- pile, marshmallows
make great bushes and use ice cream cones for trees.
Bake the house at least a day before. Make a batch of royal icing and
gather the kids for a fun afternoon. It's great fun!
1 C. shortening melted
1 C. sugar
1 1/4 C. molasses
2 eggs slightly beaten
5-5 1/2 C. flour
1 t. baking soda
1 t. salt
2 t. ginger
2 t. cinnamon
1 t. nutmeg
1 t. cloves
Melt shortening, cool slightly. Add sugar, molasses and eggs and mix well.
Mix flour, baking soda, salt, ginger, cinnamon, nutmeg and cloves. Add to
shortening mixture and mix well to form a firm dough. Knead dough just a little
Roll out dough on a lightly floured surface to 1/4 inch thick. Cut out cookies
Bake 6-10 minutes at 375°F.
One recipe will yield about 40 average size cookies.