Saturday, December 25, 2010

Gingerbread House and Merry Christmas

We had a play date for kids and I've planned Gingerbread house activity for them.  Everybody had fun assembling their own houses and decorating them.  I got a gingerbread mix from Michaels but I could make only three houses out of that mix.  I had to bake a total of 7 houses and so again I made the cookies from scratch.  I found this recipe in Joy of Baking but substituted molasses with honey and completely omitted nutmeg 'cause I didn't have it.  When I mixed the dough I felt it is too liquidy to roll out immediately, so mixed a little flour and refrigerated for an hour. I made paper cuttings of walls and roof proportionately for a house and used those as stencils for the cookies.  After I've finished with the houses, I made a few Snowmen and Gingerbread Men with the remaining dough.

What I used:

For the Gingerbread House:

All purpose flour : 3 cups (an extra 2 tbs if its too loose)
White granulated sugar : 1/2 cup
Butter : 1/2 cup
Honey : 2/3 cup
Egg : 1
Ground ginger : 2 tsp
Ground cinnamon : 1 tsp
Ground cloves : 1/4 tsp
Salt : 1/4 tsp
Baking soda : 3/4 tsp

For the Frosting:

Powdered sugar : 2 1/4 cups
Egg whites : 3 eggs
Cream of Tarter : 1 tsp

For the Decoration:

M & Ms
Candy canes
Jelly Beans

How I did:

Gingerbread House:
  • Sift together the flour, spices, salt and baking soda and keep it aside.
  • Cream butter and sugar till light and fluffy with an hand mixer or electric mixer.
  • Add honey and egg and beat until blended. 
  • Add the flour mixture gradually and beat until the dough comes together.  Wrap the dough in a plastic wrap and refrigerate for a minimum of one hour.
  • Preheat oven to 400 deg F.  
  • Directly roll out the dough on the back of the cookies sheet, which makes it easier.  Use a damp towel underneath the cookie sheet which holds the sheet in place while rolling. Lightly flour a cookie sheet from the bottom, unwrap the dough from the wrap, take a big ball sized dough and roll out on the floured cookie sheet to 1/8 inch thickness.
  • Place the paper templates on the rolled dough and cut the shapes with a pizza cutter or you could even use a knife.
  • Carefully remove all the extra dough from the cookie sheet.  This can be used again.
  • Put the cookie sheet in the oven and bake for 8 to 10 minutes or until the edges turn to brown.
  • Remove from the oven and let the cookies rest for about 10 minutes and then transfer to another surface to cool completely.
  • Combine the powdered sugar, egg whites and cream of tartar in a large mixing bowl and beat on medium speed for about 4 to 5 minutes till stiff peaks form.
Use the frosting as the glue and assemble the house and decorate it.


  1. beautiful ginger bread house
    happy holidays

  2. Marvellous and excellent looking gingerbread house Vasavi,soooooo fabulous..

    Merry Christmas wishes to u and ur family..

  3. Looks lovely
    wishing u a great year 2011


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