My Favourite Gingerbread Dough

My Favourite Gingerbread
One year I made 18 gingerbread houses with my daycare kids.
This is perfect to use for gingerbread houses or decorated cookies.

My Favourite Gingerbread Dough


  • 1 cup butter
  • 1 cupsugar
  • 1 cup molasses
  • 4 1/2- 5 cups flour
  • 1 tablespoon ground ginger
  • 1 teaspoon each cimmamon, nutmeg, baking soda and salt.


  1. Melt butter, add sugar and molasses and stir until sugar disolves. Remove from heat and cool till lukewarm.. Place the 4 1/2 cups flour, spices, baking soda and salt into a large bowl. Pour in warm butter -molasses mixture. Blend well using a large spoon and then kneading with hands until dough forms a balls. If dough is too soft add remaining flour. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate then roll out and cut.
  2. Bake @ 350 aprox 10-12 minutes depending on the size of your cookies.
  3. If making a gingerbread house.. Trace your patterns onto the rolled gingerbread and cut out and bake till firm.. Immediately after pieces come out of oven place pattern on pieces and retrace with a sharp knife . All edges must be straight. . If dough gets too cold to trim set back in oven for a minute to soften till you have cut out all windows , doors etc. Store flat in a cool dry location till ready to assemble. {not fridge}
  4. Assemble using royal icing as the glue. I usually make the pieces a few days before assembling them . After assembling wait a few days if you are getting the kids to decorate as this will ensure that they are strong enough for little hands to handle.

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