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Ginger Bread House Dough



1      pound         shortening -- softened

1 1/2  cups          light brown sugar* -- packed

1/2  pint          molasses*

3      large         eggs-Whole*

3 1/8  pounds        flour, all-purpose

2      tablespoons   ginger, ground*

1 1/8  tablespoons   cinnamon, Ground*

1/2  teaspoon      baking soda*

1/2  teaspoon      salt*



   1      house - each          YIELD


1.  In a large bowl with mixer at high speed, beat the butter until creamy, about 1 minute.  Add the brown sugar and beat for about 2 minutes.  Beat in the molasses and egg.

2.  Sift together the flour, ginger, cinnamon, cloves, nutmeg, baking soda and salt.  Gradually work them into the creamed mixture to form a soft dough.  Place the dough in plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least 4 hours.

3.  Preheat oven to 300 degrees.  Lightly butter two baking sheets.  On a well-floured surface, roll out the dough to about 1/4-inch thickness. Bake the cookies on baking sheets for about 25 - 30 minutes till firm and dry.  Cool, then transfer them to wire racks to cool completely.





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