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We invited cousins over to join in on the fun. We made our own royal icing to glue it all together, too. I didn’t buy candy, we just used things that we had at home, and they turned out great! We decorated with sprinkles, mini marshmallows, chocolate chips and Hershey Kisses. All without a trip to the store…not bad, eh?
Homemade Gingerbread House Recipe:
2 2/3 c. Flour
1/2 tsp salt
1 tsp. ginger
2/3 c. Molasses
1/3 c. Packed brown sugar
3 tsp baking powder
1 tsp cinnamon
1/8 tsp ground cloves
1/2 c. Oil
Mix all of the ingredients together. Roll out the dough on a greased piece of foil. Place foil onto a cookie sheet and bake at 300 degrees for 20-30 minutes. You want it to be very firm. I actually baked mine for 35 minutes, with 2 tray in the oven.
Right out of the oven, cut out the shapes. Lay the pattern pieces right on top of the cooked gingerbread. Cut it before it cools, because it gets hard. If it is still quite soft, return to oven for 5 or 10 more minutes. I put the cut pieces back into the oven for about 10 more minutes. Then once it cooled, it was very crisp. It needs to be very firm to stand up.
Each recipe should make 1-2 houses depending on how thin you roll it. I did a double batch and got 3 houses out of it. I probably could have gotten 4 if I rolled it a little thinner.
Download the Template for Homemade Gingerbread Houses!
Royal Icing Recipe
3 egg whites
1/2 tsp cream of tartar
1 lb powdered sugar
Beat thoroughly with an electric mixer until the icing stands up in peaks. It takes 5 minutes of beating, or so. Use rig away, because it will harden. When not in use, keep it covered with a damp cloth to retain moisture.
Look at those happy sugar-filled faces!