|Photo credit: Kelli Stradling (my sister)|
Another excuse to make gingerbread! Talk about nostalgia! I remember Sunday afternoons visiting Great Grandma. She would always have a frozen gingerbread man waiting for us.
Thanks to Kelli for the reminder that Gingerbread isn't just for Christmas!
Recipe for Gingerbread:
Preheat oven to 350
1 C Shortening
1 C Molasses
1 C Sugar
3/4 C Sour Milk (I use buttermilk, or 1tsp. vinegar in milk)
1 1/2 tsp. Ginger
1 tsp. Cinnamon
1 tsp. Salt
1/2 tsp. Nutmeg
2 tsp. Baking Soda (heaped)
6 1/2 C Flour
Cream the Shortening, Molasses, Sugar, Eggs and Milk together. Sift the dry ingredients together. Mix the dry ingredients into the wet ones until mixed well. Using 1/4th of the dough at a time use a rolling pin to flatten the dough to appx. 1/4" thick. Use cookie cutters to get your desired shape. Bake at 350 for 8-10 min. Cool on the pan then transfer to a cookie rack.
To make Halloween Mummies:
Pipe Decorator Frosting in lines across the gingerbread man. Can use chocolate chips or black candy for the eyes. Adorably delicious!!
Decorator Frosting Recipe:
2/3 C Butter (softened)
4 C Powdered (confectioners' sugar)
1 tsp. Vanilla extract
In a medium bowl, cream together the butter, sugar, and milk until light and fluffy, about 3-4 min. Beat in the vanilla. Easy!