The annual Skelton Christmas party featured a gingerbread house contest this year.
#1 The Smartie Roof
#2 The classic scallop
#3 Red & White
#4 The authentic Shreddies roof
#5 Red Hots!
#6 The Mexican mansion
… and last but not least, #7–the rustic cabin in the woods, dream home of its designer.
And it all began with some simple houses (and a patient construction worker who fashioned them from our favorite gingerbread recipe).
Try it. Your kids will love the tradition!
Holiday Gingerbread Dough
In 3 qt. saucepan over medium heat, combine and heat to boiling, stirring occasionally:
3/4 cup molasses
3/4 cup margarine
3/4 cup brown sugar
Remove from heat. Cool.
3 and 2/3 cup flour
3 tsp. ginger
2 tsp. cinnamon
1 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp. baking soda
1/2 tsp nutmeg
Add 1 egg to molasses mixture when cool.
Stir in dry ingredients until smooth.
Divide in two parts . Flatten and wrap in plastic wrap. Chill 1 hour.
Roll dough out directly onto a greased cookie sheet, using the plastic wrap on top to prevent rolling pin from sticking. Roll 1/8—1/4” thick. Cut into desired shapes with floured cutter. (Create your own house pattern out of cardboard! Use pattern to trim cookies as they emerge hot from the oven for a perfect fit!)
Bake 10-14 min. 350F or until no indent remains. [It is important to bake till firm for houses!]
Snow Frosting—the ‘glue’ for assembling and decorating your house. It hardens beautifully to keep your house picture perfect well into the New Year!
3 egg whites
3 and 3/4 cup icing sugar
1/2 tsp. cream of tartar
Combine and beat at medium speed until STIFF peaks form. Cover with damp cloth or put directly in decorator bags. Do not leave exposed to air. Makes 2 cups.
And with that I will bid you a sweet holiday season!
“Go your way, eat the fat, and drink the sweet, and send portions unto them for whom nothing is prepared: for [this] day [is] holy unto our Lord: neither be ye sorry; for the joy of the LORD is your strength.” Neh.8:10