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Gingerbread for Houses Recipe

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Wendy Brewster
Added: Friday, October 23, 2009


1/2 cup shortening
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 cup light molasses
1/2 Tbl. vinegar
1 beaten egg
1/2 tsp. cinnamon
1/2 tsp. ginger
1/2 tsp. soda
1/4 tsp. salt
3 cups flour

Boil first 4 ingredients. Set aside small amount to cool. Add egg to small amount. Beat well. Add to the rest of the mixture. Add the dry ingredients. Roll out warm on foil covered tray. Cut to desired house shapes. (If dough gets too cold to work, place on plate and microwave on high 1/2 to 1 minute to make pliable again.)

Bake 350 for 12 minutes.

Glue together in houses by melting granulated sugar in a fry pan until liquid. Use a clean pair of gardening gloves to keep from burning your hands.

Decorate with various candies. Use Royal Frosting.




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