This gingerbread dough is flavorful and full-bodied. It holds a good structure for building gingerbread houses or making gingerbread men.
In a large bowl using a stand mixer or hand mixer, cream together the butter, sugar, molasses, and vanilla.
Slowly incorporate the ginger, allspice, cloves, cinnamon, salt, baking soda, and all-purpose flour until the mixtures comes together to form a soft dough.
Divide the dough in half and wrap well in plastic wrap. Chill for at least 2 hours before rolling, OR freeze for up to 2 months.
When cutting and baking, roll the dough to ¼" thickness and cut your desired shapes.
Preheat oven to 350-degrees and bake the dough pieces on parchment lined baking sheets for approximately 20-25 minutes.
Cool completely and air dry the dough for several days before decorating with royal icing.
See https://kudoskitchenbyrenee.com/gingerbread-house-tutorial/ for full instructions for making and assembling the gingerbread house.
For making gingerbread houses, make at least 4 batches.