5 cups All-Purpose Flour                               1 tsp. Ground Nutmeg

1 tsp. Baking Soda                                       1 Tbsp. Ground Ginger

1 tsp. Salt                                                   1 cup Shortening

½ tsp. Allspice                                             1 cup Granulated Sugar

1 tsp. Cloves                                               1 cup Molasses





  1. Combine the Flour, Soda, Salt and Spices


  1. In a large saucepan, combine the Shortening and Molasses.


  1. Heat and stir over medium heat until the mixture starts boiling; stir in the Sugar to dissolve and bring back to a boil. (Do not allow to burn)


  1. Remove from heat and add the Flour Mixture all at one time and mix

well.  (A heavy-duty electric mixer fitted with a paddle beater may be used)


  1. Divide the dough into 2 equal portions; shape each portion into a rectangle and allow to cool for 3-5 minutes.


  1. Please each piece of dough on a greased cookie sheet; (place a damp towel underneath the baking sheet to prevent sliding) and with your hands, flatten each piece of dough.


  1. Roll the Dough with a rolling pin to ¼” thickness.


  1. Cut the Gingerbread House from your prepared patterns.   (See my post for baking and building a Gingerbread House)











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