Gingerbread House

Gingerbread House Recipe

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Stephen Beerley



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1 c
melted shortening
1 c
granulated sugar
1 c
light or dark corn syrup
2 large
5.75 c
1 tsp
baking soda
1 tsp
2 tsp
2 tsp
1 tsp
1 tsp

How to Make Gingerbread House


  • 1Pour melted shortening into mixing bowl and cool slightly; add sugar and syrup, blending well.
  • 2Add eggs, mixing all until smooth and creamy.
  • 3Put salt, baking soda and spices into mixture and begin to add flour, just a little at a time--DON'T HURRY THIS STEP!
  • 4Continue adding as much flour as the dough will absorb.
  • 5Bake house pieces at 375 degrees for 5-8 minutes.
  • 6Hints: Make permenant pattern pieces of mylar or other plastic sheet.
  • 7To roll out: Use heavy duty foil (splash a few drops of water under it so it will stay stationary), roll the dough out, cut into desired shapes that are 1" apart.
  • 8Remove the excess dough.
  • 9Place the foil holding the pieces to bake on a cardboard, place in oven and REMOVE THE CARDBOARD BEFORE SHUTTING OVEN DOOR.
  • 10If pieces bake together, cut apart immedietely after removing from oven.
  • 11Windows: Must be cut before baking.
  • 12Can add crushed hard candy for "glass".
  • 13To Assemble: Use royal icing: 1 1/2 cup warm water, 12 tablespoons meringue powder, 4 pounds powdered sugar.
  • 14Beat the water and meringue powder until frothy and add as much confectioners sugar as necessary.
  • 15Do not make icing stiff or house will not hold together as long.
  • 16Using #5 tip, squeeze out icing on both sides of back of house.
  • 17Stand it up and add sides.
  • 18Prop with cans of soup, ect., if it doesn't stay firmly together.
  • 19Place icing on ends of standing sides and add house front.
  • 20Let dry for 10-15 minutes, then add roof and chimney.
  • 21Decorate with desired candies using royal icing to place decorations on.
  • 22Let dry and store covered away from dust. Makes 2-3 medium-sized houses.

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About Gingerbread House

Course/Dish: Cookies
Other Tags: Quick & Easy, For Kids

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