The Perfect Gingerbread House Recipe

Gingerbread House Recipe

Sure, here’s a classic recipe for making a delicious gingerbread house. This recipe will not only guide you through making the gingerbread dough but also assembling and decorating the house. Enjoy your festive baking!

Ingredients:

For the Gingerbread Dough:

– 3 cups all-purpose flour

– 1 teaspoon baking powder

– 1/2 teaspoon baking soda

– 1/4 teaspoon salt

– 1 tablespoon ground ginger

– 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon

– 1/2 teaspoon ground cloves

– 1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened

– 1/2 cup dark brown sugar, packed

– 1 large egg

– 3/4 cup molasses

– 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

For Royal Icing:

– 3 cups powdered sugar

– 2 large egg whites

– 1 teaspoon lemon juice

For Assembly and Decoration:

– Assorted candies (gumdrops, candy canes, peppermints, etc.)

– Assorted colored icing for decorating

– Shredded coconut (optional, for snow)

Instructions:

1. Making the Gingerbread Dough:

a. In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, ginger, cinnamon, and cloves. Set aside.

b. In a large mixing bowl, beat the butter and brown sugar together until light and fluffy.

c. Add the egg, molasses, and vanilla extract to the butter mixture, and beat until well combined.

d. Gradually add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients, mixing until a dough forms.

e. Divide the dough in half, shape each half into a disk, wrap in plastic wrap, and refrigerate for at least 1 hour or until firm.

2. Rolling and Cutting the Dough:

a. Preheat your oven to 350°F (180°C) and line baking sheets with parchment paper.

b. Roll out each dough disk on a lightly floured surface to about 1/4-inch thickness.

c. Use gingerbread house templates or cut out rectangles and triangles to create the walls and roof of the house.

d. Carefully transfer the cut pieces to the prepared baking sheets.

e. Bake for 10-12 minutes or until the edges are lightly browned. Allow the pieces to cool completely on the baking sheets.

3. Making Royal Icing:

a. In a clean, dry bowl, beat the egg whites until frothy.

b. Gradually add the powdered sugar and lemon juice, beating until the icing forms stiff peaks.

c. Transfer the icing to a piping bag fitted with a small tip for decorating.

4. Assembling the Gingerbread House:

a. Using the royal icing as glue, attach the walls and roof of the gingerbread house. Hold the pieces in place until the icing sets.

b. Allow the assembled house to dry for at least 2 hours before decorating.

5. Decorating the Gingerbread House:

a. Use the royal icing and assorted candies to decorate the house as desired. Get creative with doors, windows, and any other decorations you like.

b. If you want a snowy effect, use icing to attach shredded coconut to the roof and edges of the house.

c. Let the decorated gingerbread house sit for a few hours or overnight to allow the icing to set completely. Now, your delicious gingerbread house is ready to be displayed and enjoyed!