I would love your recipe! I am making the gingerbread for houses our residents are making in two weeks and would love a new one to try!
Thank you for the nice comments! Here is the recipe I used. Let me know how it goes for you.
Gingerbread Cookie Dough 350 degree oven
4 Tablespoons dark molasses
2 Tablespoons water
Mix these three ingredients together.
61/2 Cups all purpose flour
2 Teaspoons baking soda
1 Teaspoon salt
3 Cups lightly packed brown sugar
4 Teaspoons cinnamon
2 Tablespoons ginger
1 Teaspoon ground cloves
1/2 Teaspoon nutmeg
1 Pound soft butter
Mix dry ingredients in a large bowl.
Pour molasses mixture into flour mixture and add butter. Mix and stir (hands work best)
until dough comes together. Put dough on a clean, lightly floured surface and knead for about 4 minutes. Dough should be soft and completely mixed- no butter streaks!
Divide dough into workable slabs and cover with plastic wrap.
For cutter cookies; roll out dough to about 1/4 to 1/8 an inch thick. (run a floured spatula under the dough to keep it from sticking to the surface)
Flour your cutters, cut shapes and transfer to a baking sheet with a spatula. No distortion that way.
Bake for 12 to 15 minutes depending on how hot your oven is.
For houses; I roll out the dough the same way as for cookies, making sure that it is on the thinner side (1/4 inch) this dough
will rise slightly, then settle, so if you roll too thick, the windows and such that you cut out will not be exactly straight. They will hold their shape but will be a little
smaller. To counter this I take the house out of the oven half way through and re-cut the things that are looking like they are getting lost, then pop it back in the oven.
A good tip with this dough is if you refrigerate it overnight, then let it come to room temp naturally (no microwaving) the next day, it tends to stay more stable than it would if you use it right away. it will also darken up a bit more.
It's very good for eating and if you like it spicier, add a little Cayenne pepper to the dry ingredients.