Gingerbread Craft Title:
Gingerbread Dough Ornaments
Craft Directions or Sayings:
3T vegetable shortening
1/2 c sugar
1/2 c molasses
1t baking soda
3 1/2 c flour
1t each of ground cloves, cinnamon and ginger
3/4 c water
Use gingerbread dough and your favorite cookie cutters to make gingerbread men garlands, gingerbread ornaments and houses. Heat oven to 350. Beat shortenting and sugar together until light and fluffy. Stir in molasses. Sift
together dry ingredients. Stir them into the shortenting mixture in 3 parts, alternating with a 1/4c water each time. The dough will be stiff (no joke). *Refridgerate overnight.
Cut the dough into 3 pieces. Knead to warm it slightly, then roll each piece out about 1/4 thick (I usually make it a little thicker--gb men seem to hold up better if they are thicker.)
Cut out cookie with pattern of your choice. Use a straw to punch a hole at the center if you plan to hang these ornaments. Place cookies on a baking sheet. (I usually LIGHTLY spray an old sheet) Bake for 20 min, turn off oven and let them cool. (I don't do this, because I usually double the recipe and have more to bake; I just let them cool a little on the sheet and then on a wire rack). Remove from sheet and place them on a rack to dry for about 3 days. Yields about 6-10 cookies purely fordecorative purposes...not to be eaten! (I can ususally get at least 12 or more gbmen out of a double recipe). If you wish,
you can seal the cookies with 3 coats of clear acrylic and decorate with colorful acrylic paints when dry. Here are a few tips from me: If you spray the sheet, it keeps them from
sticking and makes the back of the cookies smooth. I had to
experiment with the recipe a few times to get my desired thickness. They can turn out skinny or fat--which ever you
like. Also, it doesn't matter how much flour you get on them when rolling and cutting, once they're baked and cooled, you can dust it off. I do let them cool completely before
putting ribbon through or anything--have had them break if not.
Last year we hung some on the tree the day we made them. Perfect for drying! And I promise, if you make some
this year and put 'em in a gallon ziploc after Christmas, next year when you open them they will still smell great if you haven't varnished or painted them!