Haunted Gingerbread House
|Packed brown sugar||1⁄2 Cup (8 tbs)|
|Shortening||1⁄4 Cup (4 tbs)|
|Dark molasses||3⁄4 Cup (12 tbs)|
|Cold water||1⁄3 Cup (5.33 tbs)|
|All purpose flour/Unbleached flour||3 1⁄2 Cup (56 tbs)|
|Baking soda||1 Teaspoon|
|Ground ginger||1 Teaspoon|
|Ground allspice||1⁄2 Teaspoon|
|Ground cloves||1⁄2 Teaspoon|
|Ground cinnamon||1⁄2 Teaspoon|
|Assorted candies and cookies||1⁄4 Cup (4 tbs)|
Heat oven to 350°.
Grease square pan, 9x9x2 inches and jelly roll pan, 15 1/2 x 10 1/2 x 1 inch.
Mix brown sugar, shortening and molasses in large bowl; stir in water.
Stir in remaining ingredients except Frosting and candies.
Press 1/3 of dough into square pan; press remaining dough into jelly roll pan.
Bake, 1 pan at a time, about 15 minutes or until no indentation remains when touched in center.
Cool 5 minutes; invert onto large cutting surface.
Decorate front of house as desired using frosting and assorted candies and cookies.
For windows as shown in photo, cut yellow tissue paper slightly larger than outline of windows.
Brush paper with vegetable oil and "glue" to back side of windows with frosting.
Use frosting to attach supports to back of house, sidewalk to front of house, door to front of house and sidewalk and fence to sidewalk.
Complete decorating as desired.