Orange Spiced Gingerbread

This is a wonderful recipe for people that want a little something different than basic gingerbread.  It tastes and smells fantastic!


2/3 cup molasses

1/3 cup firmly packed brown sugar

1/3 cup butter, softened

1 egg

2 teaspoons grated orange peel

2 ¾ cups all-purpose flour

1 teaspoon ground ginger

½ teaspoon baking soda

½ teaspoon salt


Combine molasses, brown sugar, butter, egg, and orange peel in large mixer bowl.  Beat at medium speed until smooth and creamy (1 to 2 minutes).  Reduce speed to low.  Add all remaining ingredients; beat until well mixed.  Cover; refrigerate until firm (at least 2 hours).

Heat oven to 375 degrees.  Roll out dough on well-floured surface, half at a time, to ¼ inch thickness.  Cut out the house pieces using your templates.  Transfer pieces to a greased cookie sheet.  Bake for approximately 8-12 minutes, or until no indentation remains when touched.  *Always better to overbake than underbake when you are doing a house. Transfer to a cooling rack and cool completely.

House parts can be stored in an airtight container or can be frozen in a container with a piece of wax paper in between each layer so they don’t stick when defrosted.

This dough is also great for cookies!

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