Gingerbread House

Gingerbread houses are one of my favorite things - the smell of gingerbread fills the house and decorating them is so much fun for everyone!
Gingerbread House

The Gingerbread dough is edible – but not very tasty. I like this recipe because it’s sturdy and makes a great house. Royal icing should not be eaten – but it is very sticky and holds everything together. Hope you have as much fun making them as we did!

  1. Roll out your gingerbread dough using a rolling pin.  Keep water and flour on hand – the water can patch up any cracks in the dough and the flour will prevent it from becoming too sticky to work with.
  2. Once the dough is flat and even, generously flour a baking sheet and cut out the walls and roof to your house. Print the attached template and cut it out. Use it as a guide on the dough and cut out around the dough with a knife.  You will need to follow the pattern twice to create a full house.
  3. If you want to add some detail, cut out doors and windows by using a square or rectangular cookie cutter, or just do it by hand.
  4. Bake your gingerbread in the oven at 350 degrees for 20 to 25 minutes.
  5. While the gingerbread is in the oven, make the icing for your house by combining 3 egg whites and one box( 1lb) of confectioner’s sugar in a stand mixer. Beat the ingredients together on high for about 3-5 minutes until the icing is glossy and very sticky.
  6. Begin assembling your house on a piece of cake board or cardboard, using the icing as glue between the walls and slightly on the bottom.
  7. Allow your house to set for at least 30 minutes and then… Decorate your cookie home with fun, colorful foods and candies!

Gingerbread House Template (Front+Back)

Gingerbread House Template (Roof)

Gingerbread House Template (Side)

Gingerbread Recipe:

 

  • In a medium microwave-safe bowl, heat corn syrup, and margarine until margarine has melted.
  • In a large bowl, combine flour, sugar and salt. Add syrup and margarine mixture. Stir to combine.
  • Knead the dough until it comes together and then let it rest at room temperature for about 15 minutes before starting to roll it out.