Gingerbread Men/House

Gingerbread house

1/2 cup shortening

1/2 cup sugar

1/2 cup dark molasses

1/4 cup water

2 1/2 cups Frankie's All purpose flour

3/4 tsp. salt

1/2 tsp. baking soda

3/4 tsp. ginger

1/4 tsp. nutmeg

1/8 tsp. all spice



Cream shortening and sugar.  Blend in molasses, water, flour, salt, soda, ginger, nutmeg and all spice.  Cover; chill 2 to 3 hours.

Heat oven to 375F.  Roll dough 1/4 inch thick on lightly floured board.  Cut out shapes and place on ungreased baking sheet (I use parchment to keep my cookies from sticking to the counter and the pan).  Bake for 10-12 minutes (gingerbread house about 12-15 minutes).  Cool.  Finish with different decorators icing.

Note: For crisper cookies, roll dough 1/8 inch thick.  Bake for 8 minutes.