Gingerbread Lantern Idea Recipe

I found this fun recipe at the Spoonful website which I’m sure that will be impressed by all:

 

What You Will Need:

For the Gingerbread

–   1/3 cup of softened butter

–   ½ tsp of baking soda

–   4 tsp of water

–   1/3 cup of sugar

–   1/3 cup of molasses

–   1 ¼ tsp of ginger

–   1 2/3 cups of flour

–   ¼ tsp of allspice

–   hard candies, like Jolly Ranchers

–   ½ tsp of cinnamon

 

For the Icing:

–   1 ½ cups of sugar

–   1 Tbsp of meringue powder

–   2-3 Tbsp of warm water

 

What You Will Need to do:

1.   To make the gingerbread:  heat your oven to 350ºF.

 

2.   In a bowl, beat the butter and the sugar with an electric mixer for roughly 5 minutes.

 

3.   Stir the baking soda into the water to dissolve it, then add this to the butter mixture.  Next, stir in the molasses.

 

4.   Combine the flour, ginger, allspice, and cinnamon in a bowl.  Now stir the dry ingredients into the butter mixture a little at a time.  Cover the bowl with plastic wrap and place in the refrigerator for about an hour.

 

5.   Next prepare the by rolling out the chilled dough to a 1/4-inch thickness on a large piece of parchment paper, sprinkling on some flour if the dough sticks. Then, using a 4- by 7-inch piece of cardboard as a template, cut 4 rectangles from the dough, removing any scraps.  Transfer the gingerbread pieces to a cookie sheet by topping them first with a piece of parchment paper the size of the cookie sheet, then with the inverted cookie sheet itself.  Quickly flip everything over, then remove the top piece of parchment paper.

 

6.   To install the windows, use cookie cutters dipped in flour to cut and remove a few shapes from each gingerbread piece.  Unwrap candies in similar colors (you’ll need about 2-3 for each 21/2-inch cut out) and place them in doubled freezer bags.  Hit them gently with a hammer to crush them, then generously fill each cut out with crushed candy.  Bake the gingerbread for 12 minutes, then let it cool for at least 1 hour.  (The candy windows will be extremely hot!  Do not touch them until they have cooled completely.)

 

7.   Finally, construct the lantern by beating together all of the icing ingredients in a small bowl with an electric mixer on low speed until blended, then increase the speed to high and beat for 4-5 minutes or until stiff peaks form.  Using a pastry bag or a plastic bag with 1 corner cut off, pipe icing along the long edges of 2 of the walls.  Assemble all 4 walls vertically on a platter or a piece of foil-covered cardboard, filling in any gaps and decorating the edges with more icing.  Allow the icing to dry overnight. Set the lantern in a safe spot, then place a small candle inside and light the wick.

About Dino
There are many things that I love to do. One of those things is crafts! If I could find a job that involved crafts and being able to pay the bills, I'd be all over it! I've also found a great love for cooking and baking in the past few years. Sometimes there doesn't seem to be enough time in the day to be able to fully get into cooking and baking to the degree that I would like to. I've also found myself making a HUGE effort to save my family money. I'm still a beginner but I'm surprised at how many different ways I've found to save money, including starting to use coupons! I hope you enjoy all that I'm about to share.

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