This is a recipe from Steve Stellingwerf for a tasty yet strong gingerbread. I’ve used it many times for houses and it works beautifully. Remember, humidity is the enemy of Gingerbread.

Gingerbread for Houses


  • 5 Cups Flour
  • 1 tsp Salt
  • 1 tsp EACH cloves & nutmeg
  • 2 tsp EACH cinnamon and ginger
  • 1 Cup Shortening
  • 1 Cup Sugar
  • 1 1/4 Cup Molasses
  • 2 Eggs, Beaten


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Blend the dry ingredients together. In a large saucepan, mel the shortening. Cool slightly. Add sugar, molasses and eggs. Mix well. Add dry ingredients and mix well. Bake 10-15 minutes. Edges should be light brown.


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