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December 16 2013 @ 10:30 am
25 Days of Christmas: Gingerbread Houses & Men  
16th Something we've started doing every year with the cousins and their kids is Gingerbread Houses or Gingerbread Men. I love decorating the houses and men for Christmas. It is so fun!

Online I found the below recipe and instructions.

6 cups all purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
4 teaspoons ground ginger
4 teaspoons ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon ground cloves or allspice
1/2 teaspoon salt

1 1/2 sticks (12 Tbsp) butter, softened
1 1/2 cups packed light brown sugar

2 large eggs
1 cup dark molasses
1 Tbsp water

Make the Gingerbread Dough

1 Whisk together the dry ingredients in a large bowl, set aside.

2 Using an electric mixer, beat on medium speed the butter and brown sugar until fluffy and well blended. Beat in the eggs, molasses and water until well combined.

3 Beat half of the flour mixture into the molasses mixture until well blended and smooth. Stir in the remaining flour. Knead (or use your mixer's dough hook) until well blended. If dough is too soft, add a little more flour.

4 Wrap the dough in plastic wrap and refrigerate at least two hours, preferably overnight. You can make it up to 3 days ahead of time. Let sit at room temperature for at least 10 minutes before rolling out.

Click Here for Icing, Patterns and More...

The thing is we never end up with a house looking remotely like this. We tend to go with prefab houses on they end up looking like it. Last year they all fell apart before we finished decorating which wasn't fun at all. don't think we used the icing they make for this recipe.

Last year we also did Gingerbread men which were fun. I think we used the same gingerbread recipe but then I didn't do the baking. I mostly just decorated. I love decorating Gingerbread men more than the houses because they don't fall apart.

Apparently, I'm not very organized when it comes to these posts because I can't find the pictures of our Gingerbread men. Well here are a few cute ones I saw online which I'll share. I wonder what happened to all my pictures?

With M&Ms... good idea.

Ooo Chocolate on top. Wait is that Nutella? That's an idea!
kriegersfeverkriegersfever on December 16th, 2013 07:28 pm (UTC)
we just finished our holiday baking yesterday.

made nutella fudge cookies. they were okay...
Jill aka Jo: Holiday: Christmas Timesireesanwar on December 18th, 2013 01:25 am (UTC)
Just okay. Where is the enthusiasm? We are doing most of the baking on Saturday and there will be pictures even if I have to drive back to my house to get my camera. I'm so bad at remembering it.

I love Christmas.
kriegersfeverkriegersfever on December 18th, 2013 02:41 am (UTC)
no they didn't turn out right. they were baked a bit too long.
Phoenixburned_phoenix on December 17th, 2013 08:38 am (UTC)
I LOVE doing that!

We made a train once, with my sister's kids. I think I had more fun than they did.
I'd love to do it again, but just with me and my mom it's too much stuff :s
Jill aka Josireesanwar on December 18th, 2013 01:27 am (UTC)
A train! Oh that is too cute. I'm going to make that suggestion. I would love to make a train. I'm excited now.

Well, in our family since we invite everyone we divide up what we need between all the cousins and then everyone brings something. It's easier that way. Not too expensive for one person or too much work.
Phoenixburned_phoenix on December 19th, 2013 10:16 am (UTC)
Ohh, if you, or whatever else you do actually, please show pictures! :)

It's so much fun with lots of people who are excited about doing something like that!
Jill aka Jo: ST: DS9 Cheerssireesanwar on December 20th, 2013 07:06 am (UTC)
I hope too. I'm planning on taking my camera though I'm really bad at remembering it so... *fingers crossed*