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December 19th, 2005

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06:27 pm - gingerbread house

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Gingerbread Log Cabin

3/4 cup butter or shortening
3/4 cup granulated sugar
3/4 cup molasses
2 Tablespoons water
3 1/4 cups flour
1 tsp. each salt, baking soda, and ground ginger
1/4 tsp. each nutmeg and allspice

Cream shortening with sugar, beat in molasses and water. In another bowl, sift together dry ingredients and gradually add to shortening/sugar mixture. Cover plastic wrap tightly and refrigerate at least 2 hours, or until firm.

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Prepare foundation for cabin by covering a 12" square of stiff cardboard with foil. Also prepare patterns for cutting logs: cut lightweight cardboard into a 4" x 6" rectangle for the roof, make 1/2" wide trips that are 2, 3 1/2, and 6 inches long for the logs, and a 1/2" square for spacers.

Roll out scraps and all remaining dough to a thickness of 3/8". Then cut out eight 2" long logs, two 3 1/2" long logs, seventeen 6" long logs, and 30 spacers (1/2" squares). Transfer cookies to lightly greased baking sheets and bake separately from roof sections, arranging about 1" apart.  From remaining dough, cut out trees or other decorative details. Extra spacers can be used for chimney and stepping stones.
Bake 350 degrees for 12-15 minutes or until just firm to touch. Cookies will harden as they cool. As soon as roof section is baked, lay pattern on each section and evenly trim one long edge where the two sections will meet. Let cookies cool briefly on baking sheets, then transfer to racks and let cool completely. If not assembling cabin at once, package airtight; freeze if desired.

Prepare icing: in a bowl beat together 2 cups powdered sugar and 1/4 cup water until smooth. With pastry brush, paint foil-covered foundation with icing to cover, then sift some powdered sugar over icing to cover lightly. Assemble cabin, using icing as glue wherever logs join.

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Gingerbread house will keep about 1 week in dry climates; 2-3 days in humidity when the cookies will start to sag for about 3 days, until you can restrain your impatience no longer and dig in with relish!

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Date:December 20th, 2005 02:37 am (UTC)
Oh my goodness look at that, that's so feaking cute!
What a great idea, I love the snow on it's roof and you daughter gobbling it up, adorable!

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