Gingerbread Recipe

Making Gingerbread Houses

Create some Gingerbread men or a gingerbread house from scratch!



  • 1 cup light corn syrup
  • 1/2 cup firmly packed brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup vegetable shortening
  • 4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 Tbsp. ground ginger
  • 1 Tbsp. ground cinnamon



1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

2. In a small pan, cook corn syrup, brown sugar and vegetable shortening over medium heat, stirring until smooth.

3. In a large bowl, combine flour, ginger and cinnamon. Mix well. Add corn syrup mixture, stirring until dough forms.

4. On a lightly floured surface, roll out the dough - maximum thickness for dough should be 3/8-inch. For houses larger than 6 inches square, use 1/4-inch thickness and for smaller houses, use 1/8-inch. Weight-bearing walls should be just slightly thicker.

5. Cut out shapes; place 1 inch apart on baking sheets. Bake 10 to 15 minutes.

6. Place sheets on racks; cool slightly. Trim cookies; cool completely.



(You can make the gingerbread ahead of time, making sure to let it thoroughly cool in a dry area before wrapping securely to store. Be sure to allow plenty of time to put the pieces together.)

gingerbread man


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