How to Make Gingerbread Lantern Recipe

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* 1/3 cup butter, softened
* 1/3 cup white sugar
* 1/2 tsp baking soda
* 4 tsp water
* 1/3 cup molasses
* 1 2/3 cup flour
* 1 1/4 tsp ginger
* 1/4 tsp allspice
* 1/2 tsp cinnamon
* Hard Candies, IE Jolly Ranchers

For the icing:
* 1 1/2 cups confectioners' sugar
* 1 tbsp meringue powder
* 2 or 3 tbsp warm water

Preheat oven to 350?.

In a large bowl, cream butter and the sugar. Dissolve baking soda into the water in measuring cup then add to butter and sugar mixture. Add molasses and stir. Add the flour, ginger, allspice, and cinnamon in a medium bowl, then stir the dry ingredients into the butter mixture a little at a time. Cover the bowl with plastic wrap and chill it for 1 hour.

Roll 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.

Installing 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 to 3 for each 2 1/2-inch cut-out) and place them in doubled freezer bags. Hit them gently with a hammer to crush them, then generously fill each cutout 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.)

Assemble the lantern with the icing ingredients. When mixing the icing beat 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 (parents only).