Is Gingerbread supposed to be one word or two? Well, this is another craft project you can do with the family. This is an easy one to fit into any Holiday Traditions. We have decided to make this a tradition in our house and then have a contest and give a prize for each one. Of course you can head on over to Wal-Mart and pick up the kits for about $9.00. Which, is so much better if you have very little time but still want to have this tradition in your Holiday’s. Some of the kits look like this….
But of course if you are thinking you would like it to be a little more homemade, you could always use this recipe…
- 6 cups all purpose flour
- 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
- 4 teaspoons ground ginger
- 4 teaspoons ground cinnamon
- 1/2 teaspoon ground cloves or allspice
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1 1/2 sticks (12 Tbsp) butter, softened
- 1 1/2 cups packed light brown sugar
- 2 large eggs
- 1 cup dark molasses
- 1 Tbsp water
Make the Gingerbread Dough
1 Whisk together the dry ingredients in a large bowl, set aside.
2 Using an electric mixer, beat on medium speed the butter and brown sugar until fluffy and well blended. Beat in the eggs, molasses and water until well combined.
3 Beat half of the flour mixture into the molasses mixture until well blended and smooth. Stir in the remaining flour. Knead (or use your mixer’s dough hook) until well blended. If dough is too soft, add a little more flour.
4 Wrap the dough in plastic wrap and refrigerate at least two hours, preferably overnight. You can make it up to 3 days ahead of time. Let sit at room temperature for at least 10 minutes before rolling out.
Of course this is just the Recipe for the dough; click this link
you can find complete directions including pictures to help you out.
Then you can create beautiful Gingerbread Houses just like this.
Okay Okay, maybe your more like me and it will come out like this…
Either way, I am sure you will have a blast and the kids will love remembering this time when they are older.