Gingerbread House Cookies

Makes about 4 dozen cookies

3/4 c. butter, softened

1 c. sugar

1 c. molasses

1/4 c. sour cream

1 egg

4 c. flour

1 tsp. salt

1-1/2 tsp. baking powder

1/2 tsp. baking soda

2 tsp. cinnamon

2 tsp. cloves

2 tsp. ginger

1 tsp. nutmeg

Whisk together dry ingredients and set aside. Cream together butter and sugar. Add molasses, sour cream and egg; beat until well blended. Gradually add dry ingredients in about 3 additions. Cover and chill at least 1 hour.

Roll out dough between two sheets of wax paper. Use a cookie cutter to cut out house shapes or create your own. Line cookie sheet with parchment paper. Place cookies 2 inches apart. Bake at 350 for about 10 minutes. Allow to cool on wire racks. Frost with brown royal icing and allow to harden before decorating with candies, as desired. 

Source: Adapted from Meet the Dubiens