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Gingerbread decorations are among the best Christmas decor ideas since you can eat them after you enjoy their beauty! Start with our classic gingerbread recipe, use our template to shape a gingerbread city, and sprinkle with powdered sugar.

Source: Better Homes and Gardens

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prep:
1 hr
chill:
30 mins
bake:
20 mins
total:
1 hr 50 mins
Servings:
72
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Ingredients

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Directions

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  • In a large bowl whisk together the flour, ginger, baking powder, salt, white pepper, cinnamon, and nutmeg until well combined; set aside.

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  • In a very large bowl beat together the butter, brown sugar, and molasses with an electric mixer on high speed until light and fluffy. Add egg; beat until smooth and combined. Add half the flour mixture; beat until just combined. Add milk; beat until just combined. Add remaining flour mixture; beat until just combined. Using your hands, knead dough until smooth; divide in half. Wrap each dough half with plastic wrap; chill 30 minutes.

  • Preheat oven to 350°F. Roll each dough half on parchment paper into about a 15x10-inch rectangle. Using a sharp knife, score free-form building and rooftop shapes on each sheet of dough without cutting through dough. Using a cookie cutter, cut out trees. Transfer each parchment sheet of dough to a 15x10-inch baking pan. Remove excess dough scraps. Using the straight edge of a dough scraper or a knife, add brick and window scores without cutting completely through dough.

  • Bake 10 minutes. Remove from oven. Carefully cut along scored lines of building and rood shapes. Bake 10 minutes more or until firm. Remove from oven. Cook completely on a wire rack. Separate gingerbread pieces.

  • Sprinkle powdered sugar over cookies; gently rub in. Cover with waxed paper and let stand for 30 minutes or up to 24 hours. Arrange cookies in a large glass filled with 2 to 3 inches of granulated sugar to help stabilize cookies. Makes 72 servings.

Scraps

Use extra dough to bake additional cookies,

Nutrition Facts

76 calories; fat 3g; cholesterol 10mg; saturated fat 2g; carbohydrates 12g; mono fat 1g; sugars 5g; protein 1g; vitamin a 86.2IU; thiamin 0.1mg; riboflavin 0.1mg; niacin equivalents 0.5mg; folate 16.4mcg; sodium 66mg; potassium 57mg; calcium 16mg; iron 0.6mg.
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