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Easy Gingerbread Houses - 3 patterns

Our recipe for homemade gingerbread houses has three different reusable templates for you to choose from to make the type of house that works for you.

About $1.20 per house


– 1 cup vegetable shortening – 1 cup granulated sugar – 1 cup molasses – 2 Tablespoons white vinegar – 1 large egg beaten – 5 cups all-purpose flour – 1 ½ teaspoon baking soda – 2 teaspoons ground ginger – 1 teaspoon cinnamon – ½ teaspoon salt HOUSE GLUE: – 2 cups granulated sugar ROYAL ICING: – 6 teaspoons Wilton Meringue powder – 6 Tablespoons water – 4 cups powdered sugar


First, print off the Gingerbread House template, then cut it out, trace it onto a cereal box, and then cut it out.


Next, mix together the shortening, sugar, molasses, vinegar, and egg.


Mix dry ingredients and add to the molasses mixture, ensuring you mix it well with a paddle attachment. The dough will be crumbly until kneaded together.


Place the template, print side down, and cut out the gingerbread house pieces except for the windows and doors. Lightly score where the door and windows will be.


Pick up the cutout dough on the parchment paper and place it on a cookie sheet. Or you can use one of the roof template pieces to lift the cutout gingerbread pieces and place them on cookie sheets


Bake at 350 degrees for 11-14 minutes for the larger houses or 8-10 minutes for the smaller houses. As soon as the pieces come out of the oven, quickly re-cut edges for straight lines.


Next, cut out the windows and door completely. Place pieces on a cooling rack to cool completely.


Next, make the sugar glue by cooking down 2 cups of sugar in a pan over medium to high heat.  over medium to high heat.


Click the link to see the full detailed steps to assemble each style of house.


To make the royal icing, beat all ingredients on high speed for 7-10 minutes. Use immediately. Cover unused icing with a damp dishtowel or damp paper towel to keep the frosting from drying out


Finally, have fun decorating the homemade gingerbread houses to your liking. We like to invite friends or family over to enjoy the fun!

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