I chose to use the recipe submitted by Y. You can find the instructions and both recipes here.
The dough handled well. There wasn't too much shrinkage and it was fairly sturdy. Instead of one large house I chose to do a gingerbread centerpiece. It was small and easy to tuck do in stages and tuck away while I worked on other Holiday projects.
The only problem I had was with the theft and consumption of my freshly baked pieces. I had a lot of irons in the fire the day I was baking these and had set them aside to cool. Matt was had been coming into the kitchen and was snacking on something. I had assumed he was eating the peppernuts that were also fresh out of the oven. Nope, was I wrong. I took a break and looked over to see him eating something square.
Me -Hun, what are you eating?
Gingerbread Thief -The ginger cookies.
Me - Honey, how do they taste?
Gingerbread Thief - Kind of blah.
Me - Uh, well those are for my gingerbread houses.
Gingerbread Thief - Oh... well I guess you will have garages now.
Me - More like carports!
It must have been a Christmas miracle because I had exactly enough!