Everything in there is edible. Thank you so much for responding with that extra clarification. 2 questions– 1) can I substitute some corn syrup, like 1/2 molasses 1/2 corn syrup because of cost and color? So let’s use some STURDY and THICK buttercream called Crusting Buttercream. Making the dough was an easy task, but everything became difficult from that point on. I put the candy into the cutout areas during the last 5 minutes of baking. I have a convection oven and did not need 50 minutes – more like 40. hi can i use dark bron sugar instead of white sugar? Line 2-3 large baking sheets with parchment paper or silicone baking mats. Each shape will be used TWICE. First we need to get all our ingredients together to make the gingerbread house recipe. How far in advance can you make the dough? Christophe has graciously shared his recipe with me so I can give it to you guys! Use your best judgment here, obviously the food will taste old after a few days. Step 2 – Melt the vegetable shortening in the microwave or on the stove until it’s just barely melted. Good morning! Ours look so cute on our mantle <3. Heat oven to 350 degrees. Then you can put on the back piece. Keep reading for more tips! Grab a cookie, take a seat, and have fun exploring! The main thing you need is some THICK royal icing and some patience. Everything is by weight, I’m not sure why some peoples gingerbread comes out darker. See my candy suggestions in the blog post above. Mine almost looks like a dark chocolate cookie! This is the gingerbread house recipe that I got from my friend Christophe Rull who is the head pastry chef at the Parky Hyatt Aviara in San Diego. I used TWO batches of the royal icing for this entire gingerbread house. A 16 oz box of sugar measured out to 2 cups so I used 3/4 cup of sugar. They will stay crisp forever. If they aren’t completely melted then you can do another minute but don’t leave them in too long or they will burn. This recipe doesn’t spread but it does puff a tiny bit. (to anyone reading: do use a lot of crushed candy, It disappears!). Though I love working with both, I’m much better at decorating desserts with buttercream compared to royal icing. I have a gingerbread house pattern that you can use to make your own gingerbread houses. I’m guessing darker because we used 16 fluid ounces of molasses. Thanks Xxx, Yes you can do that and yes, you can use caster. The google amount isn’t correct either. In a large bowl using a hand-held mixer or stand mixer fitted with a paddle attachment, beat the butter and brown sugar together on medium speed until completely smooth and creamy, about 2 minutes. In a large bowl, sift together the flour, baking soda, ginger, nutmeg, cinnamon, and salt. . What are the rough measurements of the pieces of your template? Royal icing is the “glue” that holds the house together. hi can i store the leftover dough on room temperature ? No need to mix for longer than 5 minutes. I’m in love with all the colors of the icing and the creative use of candy. Beat in the egg, molasses, and water on high speed. Just ‘glue’ it with icing inside your gingerbread house like you ‘glue’ the gingerbread together . But for future reference, do you mean 16oz molasses by weight (e.g. The stuff they sell in the kits is too soft! I ended up making this recipe three times in two days and made three houses (with some dough leftover) and I will definitely be using the recipe again. Roll out dough onto parchment paper or a baking mat to 1/4" thick. I get a super crumbly dough I have to add a considerable amount of shortening into to get to any sort of smooth consistency. Use your leftover dough to make the third gingerbread house. I bought a 12 fluid ounce jar and did not use all of it up even though the recipe calls for ’16 ounces’. I can’t wait to decorate these this weekend for Friendsgiving! Thank you! Or you can make your own isomalt from raw granules by using my clear isomalt recipe. Divide cookie dough in half, flatten into discs (about 4-5 inches in diameter), and wrap each tightly in plastic wrap. I’m baking challenged and don’t have a scale (maybe Santa will get me one). And the windows so pretty! This recipe is enough to make three gingerbread houses using the gingerbread house template included, Sift your dry ingredients together, set aside, Microwave vegetable shortening (or melt on stovetop in pot) until liquid but not hot, In a stand mixer, whisk shortening, sugar and molasses together. Two gingerbread recipes and two icing recipes meant a long two days. Thats roughly 6 cups of flour which is a lot in my book. I got mine from Nicholas Lodge. The cups conversion is not accurate. This contributes to the edibility. As you can see in these photos, I covered the roof with royal icing before piping the buttercream on. Mix on medium/low until a smooth ball starts to form, do not over mix. Will the cookies stay crispy if I bake them several days in advance of construction? I normally use butter in everything, but if it’s not going to be eaten, I’d prefer to use marg. Ginger, and ginger baked goods, have been around forever. Remember, there are no rules when it comes to decorating. A few comments… It would be helpful to mention that all measurements are by weight on every recipe card so there is no confusion. Scrape down the sides and up the bottom of the bowl and beat again as needed to combine. I hope this helps others! Would attaching the pieces using caramel provide more stability? You can also find 1000s of Food Network's best recipes from top chefs, shows and experts. Thanks! I remember watching one of those cooking shows and a judge commented that someone used the dry measuring cup for wet ingredients (or vice versa) and really blew my mind. So I made three houses with your recipe. Directions. I added a crushed peppermint steeple on top (ice cream cone) and it became a cute little church (and I am not religious but it was still cute). I just love your work and recipes. Can we leave it in room temperature for a day ? I had to make a huge house so i tripled the recipe and it worked so beautifully! As the royal icing dried, it gently dripped off the sides and looked like snow. What should I do? Bake chimney pieces for about 12-13 minutes or until edges are lightly browned. Granted we had a structure underneath because the house had to be on display for over a month but still, it was the best structural gingerbread I’ve ever used! I love how it turned out! since the shortening is melted anyway, couldn’t oil be used instead? Make sure you use the same amount by weight, not by volume (cups). I’m not sure if it because of how dark the molasses I used is or if they’re actually burnt! Thank you so much for the gingerbread recipe! Step 3 – In the bowl of your stand mixer, combine the shortening, sugar, and molasses. I have been planning on making a gingerbread house for some time now. I have a question though – my gingerbread turned out SUPER dark compared to your pics. With our tested recipes, easy-to-follow template, and decorating suggestions, it's not so difficult — just gather your supplies, get creative, and have some fun! If you want more gingerbread house ideas check out my 25 best gingerbread house ideas post. It dries hard and will look like snow. This is perfect for beginners! more about Sally, Copyright 2020 Sallys Baking Addiction • WordPress Development by Southern Web • Website Accessibility Statement • Privacy Policy, THIS POST MAY CONTAIN AFFILIATE SALES LINKS. Unlike gingerbread men, a gingerbread house requires a sturdier dough to hold its shape. Print out the template and cut out the shapes. Molasses actually gives the gingerbread that nice dark gingerbread color. Step 2 – Take your chilled dough from the freezer and lay your gingerbread house pattern on top. Hi Liz, first of all thank you for sharing. Every house needs sturdy walls, right? Also, did you use cooking molasses or fancy molasses in the recipe? Shiny Hot Chocolate Bombs With Marshmallows, Construction Grade Gingerbread House Recipe, Sign up for our email newsletter and get new recipes + tuts first, ©2015-2020 Sugar Geek Show, Inc. All Rights Reserved, Sugar Geek Show, P.O. Sally’s Baking Addiction Gingerbread House Template, a free gingerbread house template with the exact shapes you’ll need, all my decorating tips and recommendations, links to the products I use if you want to replicate this, small amount of baking soda for less puff, less butter so the house shapes are harder, less molasses so the dough isn’t as sticky. https://sugargeekshow.com/recipe/royal-icing/, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uKNPkeoGxx0. Chill in the refrigerator for 2 hours or up to 3 days. I also have found that it can be rolled thinner than 1/4 inch and still holds up fine. In my country, baking gingerbread houses isn’t rly common, but I want to give it a try. Thanks! I bought them at Michaels craft store, which had a ton of gingerbread house decorating candies in the seasonal section including the pictured holly and snowflake icing decorations. Thanks so much for your time and this awesome recipe. I tasted one defective piece and it’s really crunchy but nothing a good dunk in coffee can’t fix XD I have a good quantity of dough left that I don’t think I’ll be needing, what do you think I could add to it to make it less crunchy and turn it into cookies? This is the recipe you have been looking for! Just finish it by kneading it by hand :O) It’s very forgiving! The point of the house is to be a decoration mainly. I try to keep my pieces pretty close together without being TOO close or they might touch during baking. Can’t wait to construct and decorate our gingerbread houses, soon! Set aside. This was a great recipe and easy to make, though I did not add quite as much flour as it was crumbly. Your THICK royal icing is now ready to be thinned down to the consistency you desire. Because it can be so hard to describe the assembly using words, I knew a short how-to video of my assembling a house was the way to go. There are no rules when it comes to decorating gingerbread houses. you could also cut windows out of the house’s walls before baking and add crushed hard candies, just as we do with, assorted candies (see post for suggestions). This just makes cutting out the templates a little easier and helps them to hold their shape. I am thinking to tint the dough and maybe dust or paint highlights if needed. Preheat oven to 350°F (177°C). Assembling and decorating a gingerbread house is one of the sweetest traditions of the season. I’m having issues with this measurement. The piped crusting buttercream on my pictured gingerbread house hid about 100 mistakes. Do you weigh all your ingredients when baking cakes as well? It wasn’t the baking, because it was dark prior to baking – not this nice light brown color. Let this baby dry overnight before you start adding candy so that it’s rock solid. I live in a country where veg. I haven’t tested this recipe with butter instead of shortening but if you do and it works out, please let me know . Use buttercream, leftover royal icing, and candies for decorating. Use a pizza cutter or small knife. I’m thinking I’ll let them cool and then wrap in plastic until ready build the houses. I let my dough rest in plastic wrap to come together lile pie dough and then it was easy to work with. Check out this video on using a scale if you’re interested. My granddaughter gluten intolerant. Hi I know you have already said that we can make the dough early and keep. Use my gingerbread house template. So I know this is basic stuff but if you could clarify the molasses and shortening measuring so I can make sure I’m doing it correctly with the correct tools. We tried the recipe 2 different ways but the smooth ball won’t seem to form and we don’t have paddle bits. Step 4 – Add your dry ingredients to the egg mixture and mix until a smooth dough forms. Add a little water? When I peeled back the paper, it took a layer of my dough with it. Bake at 350 degrees 8-10 minutes. And so easy! Perfect recipe for building a gingerbread structure!! That’s ok! Thank you for sharing:) Just in time to make these for my granchildren. So I just weigh everything. Could be the molasses if it was a darker kind or just maybe a bit more baking than what I did but it really doesn’t matter, I love the dark color . I get the measuring by weight – I have a scale and have realized how off my flour can be especially on a doubled+ recipe. In fact, the first known recipe for gingerbread dates back to 2400 BC! Hi. You definitely don’t HAVE to put windows in your gingerbread house but if you’re extra like me (which I feel like you might be) then you’re going to want to make some awesome windows for your gingerbread house! Can I make the dough a few days ahead of rolling and cutting? Cookie dough will be very thick. This house is approximately 7 inches tall with the chimney and 6 inches wide. Seems pretty impossible considering most kits fall apart the second you put the frosting on. It’s very dry. It’s also the glue adhering any candies to the walls and roof. This recipe CAN be eaten? Pro-tip: If you are piping lots of decorations onto your gingerbread house, you can add all your decorations first, let them dry and then assemble your house. (Alternatively, grease the pan with butter and lightly coat with … Ditch the “pinterest perfection” goal and get messy. It was just grandmas unsulphered molassas. There were zero broken pieces, and the house assembly was incredibly easy. Here’s my completely homemade gingerbread house recipe including how to bake, construct, and decorate with royal icing and buttercream. Re-roll the scraps so you have enough dough for the entire house. I don’t have a scale so I’m using google to convert to cups- not as accurate, I know but it’s what I’ve got. You probably already have all the ingredients you need in your pantry but check for molasses since that isn’t used very much anymore and you’ll need quite a bit. No molasses in the house, but you still want to bake gingerbread? That is so annoying! No need to wrap them. I don’t know the measurements off the top of my head but you can print the house template if you like . Thank you for sharing your recipe! For one of my houses I used a brick impression tool. I would say you could probably get 1 1/2 houses maybe 2 houses per batch. My goal is to give you the confidence and knowledge to cook and bake from scratch while providing quality recipes and plenty of pictures. I absolutely love the Wilton brand icing decorations you can find online or at craft stores. Also, instructions to thin the royal icing would be handy in one spot as well. Better to weigh your ingredients then to waste them with inaccurate cups measuring. lucky for you it’s SUPER easy! Combine your egg whites, sifted powdered sugar, and cream of tartar in the bowl of your stand mixer with the whisk attached. I’ll let you in on a little secret, not all gingerbread is created equal. It resulted in a super sturdy hard gingerbread, although like other commenters it was darker than the pictures which was fine with me. If you use honey or glucose the color will be very light. This recipe for gingerbread cookies uses no molasses but still produces a beautifully crisp, gingerbread cookie that's perfect decorating or eating as is. Learn how your comment data is processed. I can’t wait to see your gingerbread house creations! Grease an 8 x 8-inch cake pan. I followed the directions to a t, used the attached house template, and measured the 1/4″ heighth of the rolled out dough at many points and was not able to get three houses out of one batch.