1 cup molasses
1 cup brown sugar
1 cup margarine or shortening
5 cups sifted flour
1 tablespoon baking soda
1 tablespoon ground ginger
1 tablespoon cinnamon
In a large saucepan place molasses, brown sugar, and margarine. Cook over medium heat, stirring until blended.Sift together flower, baking soda, ginger and cinnamon; stir into warm molasses mixture until well blended .
Remove about one quarter of the warm dough; knead and shape into a ball. Roll out on lightly floured surface to a rectangle approximately 1/8 inch thick. Begin cutting pieces for house.
Repeat with remaining dough until all pieces are cut:
2 pieces (3x7 inches) for side walls.
2 pieces (4x8 inches) for roof.
2 pieces (4x5 inches) for front and back.
4 small pieces (1x3 inches, 1x2 inches) and 2 pieces (1x3 inches) for the chimney the bottom edges should be cut at an angle to fit slant of the roof.
Bake at 375 degrees until edges are slightly brown about five minutes or so.
Remove and cool on wire racks.
With frosting, decorate pieces to outline windows, doors, roof tiles; let dry. Spread stiff frosting on edges of sides, roof pieces and chimney. Assemble house and let stand until firm.
Other decorations such as layered Necco Wafers, M&M's, etc. may be added using frosting as the adhesive.
2 cups confectioners sugar, sifted
1 egg white
1 teaspoon lemon juice
Beat ingredients in a small mixing bowl until firm - that is, soft enough for a pastry tube, stiff enough to hold a shape. Decorate Ginger Bread House.