Making gingerbread houses is a Christmas tradition in many families. They are typically made before Christmas using pieces of baked gingerbread dough assembled with melted sugar.
I wanted to make gingerbread house for a very long time. Finally made it this year. It turned out so cute than I expected. Even though this is a hard task and takes lots of your time, but your kids will love it. You can bake the cookies a day in advance and decorate it the next day.
About Gingerbread House
A gingerbread house is a novelty confectionery shaped like a building that is made of cookie dough, cut and baked into appropriate components like walls and roofing. The usual material is crisp ginger biscuit made of gingerbread – the ginger nut. Another type of model-making with gingerbread uses a boiled dough that can be moulded like clay to form edible statuettes or other decorations. These houses, covered with a variety of candies and icing, are popular Christmas decorations, often built by children with the help of their parents.
What is the gingerbread house tradition?
Making gingerbread houses is a Christmas tradition in many families. They are typically made before Christmas using pieces of baked gingerbread dough assembled with melted sugar. The roof ’tiles’ can consist of frosting or candy. The gingerbread house yard is usually decorated with icing to represent snow.
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How to Build a Gingerbread House (Easy Method)
- Start by making cookie dough. Take butter, sugar in a bowl and cream well.
- Add egg and molasses and mix well.
- Add in flour, spice powders, salt, baking soda and fold into a soft dough.
- Divide the dough into two portions. Wrap in plastic wrap and chill for 2 hours.
- Cut out templates as per the link.
- Roll the dough into thin sheets and cut out cookies as per template.
- Place it in a parchment lined pan and bake for 15 to 18 mins. Remove and cool completely.
- Now whip egg white and icing sugar till thick and fluffy. Add in water and whip till cramy.
- Decorate the house as per image and decorate it.
It took a solid 3 to 4 hours of my time to make this cookies. You can make this cookies even a week in advance and store in an air tight container.
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Hope you will give this a try and let me know how it turns out for you.
How to Make Gingerbread House (Stepwise Pictures)
Make Gingerbread Cookie Dough
1)Take your ingredients for cookies.
2)Take butter in a bowl.
3)Add in brown sugar
4)Mix butter and sugar till combined and creamy.
5)Add in egg and mix well into the creamed butter and brown sugar.
6)Add spice powders, salt, baking soda. Mix this well so the spices and baking soda mixed evenly with the sugar.
7)Add in molasses. if you don’t have molasses, you can use honey or golden syrup. I have a recipe for homemade molasses.
9)Add in plain flour and mix well.
10)Shape it into a soft dough
11)Divide into two portion and place in fridge for at least 1 hour to firm up. I like to do this step the day before for easy rolling.
Cutting Out Gingerbread House Using Templates
13)Use the template to cut out two cookies in each template.
14)I cut gingerbread man, candy cane and stars using remaining dough.
15)Place it in a baking sheet and bake. Cool completely.
Gingerbread House Frosting
16)Now make frosting. take egg white in a bowl.
17)Whip till fluffy
18)Add in icing sugar
19)Whip till fluffy. Add little water and whip till smooth.
20)Fill piping bag.
Building Gingerbread House
21)Take side cookies and stick together using the icing. Form the four sides of the house. Stick them together using the icing which acts as glue. Once four sides is stuck. Let it dry for 1 hour.
23)Once the icing has harden a bit and the sides are stuck. Pipe more icing on the roof and stick the roof cookies. Add as much icing as you want. Because we will cover the whole house with decorative candies.
Decorating Gingerbread House
25)These are the decorative pieces. Once they are baked, you can decorate it as you prefer.
26)Decorate it as per your wish.
27)Bring your kid and decorate it as per your wish.
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Gingerbread House | How to Build Gingerbread House (Video)
Gingerbread House is a must for christmas. Gingerbread House Recipe with Step by Step Pictures. This is a fun recipe to try with your kids and family.
Servings: 1 House
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