Create a creepy gingerbread house decorated with your favorite candies and
cookies. It's a fun project for the entire family!
Yield: about 30 servings
1/2 cup packed brown sugar
1/4 cup shortening
3/4 cup full-flavor molasses
1/3 cup cold water
3 1/2 cups Gold Medal all-purpose flour or unbleached flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon ground ginger
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon ground allspice
1/2 teaspoon ground cloves
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 1/2 to 2 cups powdered sugar
1/3 cup butter or margarine, softened
1/4 teaspoon vanilla
1 tablespoon milk
1 tablespoon full-flavor molasses
Stir together brown sugar, shortening and molasses in large bowl;
stir in water. Stir in remaining ingredients except frosting and candies. Press
one-third of the dough into square pan; press remaining dough into rectangle
Bake 1 pan at a time about 15 minutes or until no indentation remains when
touched in center. Cool 5 minutes; turn upside down onto large cutting
Immediately cut as shown in diagram (cut windows if desired). Cool completely.
Prepare Decorating Frosting:
Mix 1 cup of the powdered sugar and the remaining ingredients until smooth. Stir
in enough remaining powdered sugar to make stiff frosting. (If frosting becomes
too stiff, stir in additional milk.)
Decorate front of house as desired using Decorating Frosting and assorted Halloween
rings, candies and/or cookies. For windows as shown in photo, cut yellow tissue paper
slightly larger than outline of windows. Brush paper with vegetable oil and
"glue" to back side of windows, using frosting.
Use frosting to attach
supports to back of house, sidewalk to front of house, door and sign to front of
house and fence to sidewalk. Complete decorating as desired.
Your haunted gingerbread house is made from natural ingredients so should be
kept for one holiday only. It's so simple to create, you’ll want to make it
bigger and better next year.
Source: Gold Medal Flour, a Reg. TM of General Mills, Inc.