HERE.) Unfortunately, I have a bad habit of tweaking recipes, so here is the recipe after my changes:
Gingerbread1 c. shortening
1 c. white sugar
1 c. molasses
2 egg yolks
5 c. all-purpose flour
1 tsp. salt
1 tsp. baking soda
2 tsp. nutmeg
1 T. ginger
1 T. cinnamon
2 tsp. Allspice
1. Preheat the oven to 375°.
2. Melt shortening in a saucepan over medium heat. Mix in sugar, molasses, and egg yolks; remove from heat. Combine the flour, salt, baking soda and spices; gradually stir into the pan, using your hands to work in the last bit. Your dough should be stiff.
3. Roll out your dough on parchment paper (no need for flour, the shortening keeps it from sticking). Roll it out thick enough that it will be sturdy (at least half an inch).
4. Now you get to cut out all your shapes! It's bound to be the best part, as long as you have completely planned out the dimensions. You have done that, haven't you?! For me, everything had been going great until this point. Unfortunately, I did not have a blueprint to consult. So, I did what any mom with barely any time or sanity does....wing it! And I have to say, it turned out pretty well considering I didn't measure. So, frazzled moms, fear not! You can wing it and it will still turn out just fine! My five-year-old son got in on the fun too. He took the scraps and cut out cute little Christmas trees and animals. We also made a chimney and a reindeer.
5. The last step is to transfer your parchment paper to a baking sheet and bake for 13 to 15 minutes! After I took it out, I let it cool for several minutes before removing it to a wire rack to complete cooling.
Icing2 ½ c. confectioner's sugar
¼ tsp. cream of tartar
2 egg whites
½ tsp. vanilla extract
Mix the first two ingredients together. Then add the egg whites and vanilla, beating on high speed for about 5 minutes (or until it holds its shape). You can add more sugar if you want it to thicken up more, but I didn't want to waste the time or effort!
The last part is always the best. We got all the nieces and nephews together and let them decorate to their little hearts' desire! I ended up frosting almost the entire house, so my kids could easily attach candy anywhere they wanted. Not the prettiest, but oh-so-much fun! I think they all had a great time and I'm pretty sure the amount of candy used for decorating vs. consumption was about 50/50! Pixy Stix snow and red hot shingles are just too hard to resist!
-This is a post written by my lovely sister-in-law Jocelyn. She is thinking of starting a blog of her own, so tell her how much you loved her writing!