Gingerbread House

    2 days 1 hour 25 mins

    This is one my mom used to make when we were kids. It was always the biggest hit every year. Use your imagination and a variety of sweets to make doors, windows, pathways and a garden. Note, this gingerbread house takes 2 to 3 days to complete.

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    Serves: 1 

    • 175g butter
    • 200g light brown soft sugar
    • 1 teaspoon lemon zest
    • 1 1/2 tablespoons lemon juice
    • 150g blackstrap molasses or black treacle, honey can be used
    • 2 eggs
    • 375g plain flour
    • 1 dessertspoon baking powder
    • 1 tablespoon ground ginger
    • 1 dessertspoon ground allspice
    • 6 egg whites
    • 1.75kg icing sugar, sifted

    Prep:1hr15min  ›  Cook:10min  ›  Extra time:2days setting  ›  Ready in:2days1hr25min 

    1. First cut out in thin cardboard: a side wall, 12x20cm (4 1/2 x 8 in); an end wall, 12x13cm (4 1/2x5 in); a triangular gable, 12x7.5x7.5cm (4 1/2x3x3 in); and a roof rectangle, 12x23cm (4 1/2x9 in). Tape the rectangular end wall piece to the triangular gable piece: match the long side of the triangle, 12cm, to one of the 12cm sides of the end wall.
    2. In a large bowl, cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Stir in lemon zest, lemon juice and treacle. Gradually beat in 2 eggs. Sift the flour, baking powder and spices together; stir into creamed mixture. Wrap dough in foil and refrigerate for 1 hour.
    3. Turn out dough onto a lightly floured surface. Divide into 6 portions, 2 slightly larger than the others. On a lightly floured surface, roll out the 4 smaller pieces to approximately the size of the side wall and the end wall with gable templates; cut out two of each. Roll out remaining dough, and cut into two rectangular roof pieces. Transfer gingerbread onto greased baking trays.
    4. In a preheated 190 C, bake gingerbread for 10 minutes, or until crisp. When removing from the oven, be careful. Leave the gingerbread on the baking trays for a few minutes to set, then transfer to wire racks to cool. Leave out overnight to harden.
    5. In a large bowl, lightly whisk 2 egg whites. Gradually beat in approximately 1/3 of the icing sugar. The icing should be smooth and stand in firm peaks. Spread or pipe a 23cm (9 in) line of icing onto a cake board, and press in one of the side walls so that it sticks firmly and stands upright. If necessary, spread or pipe a little extra icing along either side to help support it. Take an end wall and ice both the side edges. Spread or pipe a line of icing on the board at a right angle to the first wall, and press the end wall into position. Repeat this process with the other two walls until they are all in position. Leave the walls to harden together for at least two hours before putting on the roof. Spread or pipe a thick layer of icing on top of all the walls, and fix the roof pieces in position; the roof should overlap the walls to make the eaves. Pipe or spread a little icing along the crest of the roof to hold the two pieces firmly together. Leave overnight to set firmly.
    6. When ready to decorate, make the remaining icing. In a large bowl, lightly whisk 4 egg whites, and mix in remaining icing sugar as before. Use this to make snow on the roof, and to stick various sweets for decoration. Finish with a fine dusting of sifted icing sugar.

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    This review is for the ICING and assembly tips only, as I used a different recipe for the actual cookies (Gingerbread Men): This icing is easy to make and holds like GLUE! It's perfect, and hardens well enough to keep decorating in 2 hours (at least in my low humidity area). I'm so happy with how our first ever gingerbread house turned out that I'm submitting my pictures. I did not use any frame, I simply glued the cookies together as directed in this recipe, walls first, wait one hour til dry, then roof added, wait another hour or two, then decorate in two steps. I did make the cookies 3 days in advance, not because they needed to dry that long, just because I got busy and the house had to wait. It turned out great though! I plan to keep this icing recipe on hand for anytime I need an easy to use and very sturdy icing for decorating.  -  24 Dec 2006  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)


    We thought this was a wonderful recipe. We made cutouts for windows, and spread crushed candy canes inside them prior to baking. They melt into stained glass windows. Thanks for a great recipe!  -  22 Dec 2005  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)


    I would like to add that you can trim the pieces of gingerbread after they are cooked to ensure uniformity.  -  26 Dec 2000  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)