Gingerbread house makes up a great attraction during Christmas and is especially a favorite amongst children. Though making a gingerbread house can be a messy task, the result is so enchanting that you will surely forget the difficulties encountered. The building of a gingerbread house ignites creativity in a person, since he/she gets absolute freedom for variation and innovation. Besides, it enables the family members to come together for a single task and spend some precious moments together. In the following lines, we bring you a simple procedure on how to make an edible gingerbread house, which can very well form a centerpiece item for your dining table as well.
Making Your Own Gingerbread House
- Gingerbread Cookie Dough
- Wax Paper
- Chocolate Licorice
- Round Edge Crackers
- Oreo Cookies
- Cans Of White Icing
- Rolling Pin
- Cookie Trays
- Plastic Sandwich Bags
- Chocolate Icing
- Candy Cane (Optional)
- Use the cardboard to make your gingerbread house. You can be creative and think of any design for your house. However, if you are a beginner and want to know the basic structure of the house, make two walls with peaks, two roof pieces and two flat side walls. You will need one small piece for your chimney.
- Now take a wax paper and put some flour on the paper, in such a manner that it forms even layer.
- Take the gingerbread cookie dough and roll it on the wax paper, in such a way that the flour sticks to the dough.
- Roll the dough to a thickness of ¼ inch. Now take a sharp knife and cut the required pieces for the house, from the dough roll.
- Also, cut out the shape of door and windows from the roll. You will need one piece of door and two pieces for window for your house.
- Now, take the cut-out pieces and place them on a cookie sheet. Bake the pieces at the temperature of 350 degrees. Remember that the small pieces will bake faster than the bigger ones. Keeping this point in consideration, remove the small pieces in about 10 minutes and the bigger ones in about 15 minutes.
- Hang the pieces on a wire rack and allow them to cool down and become hard.
- Take a tray and cover it with a foil. Spread icing all over the foil, such that it becomes easy for the gingerbread pieces to stick to the icing.
- Insert the first wall into the icing and make sure that it keeps intact.
- Take a plastic sandwich bag and fill it with icing. Cut off one corner of the bag and squeeze out the icing on one side of the wall.
- Repeat the same process with the second wall, placed on other side of the first wall. Icing serves to hold the pieces together.
- Squeeze some amount of icing on the top of the walls and paste the roof on top.
- Put some icing on one half of the roof and attach the chimney on the roof.
- Make sure that all the joints are properly held. In places that require further icing, you can squeeze more.
- Cut the round-edge crackers into two equal halves and put some icing on the back. Now, hang these from the edge of the roof, overlooking the door of the house. Arrange them in a straight line, to serve for the decoration of your house.
- If possible, hang some icing from the corner of the roof, to give an impression of snow fall.
- Crush Oreo cookies into small pieces and mix with the chocolate icing. Now use the small pieces to decorate your house further.
- If you want your door to be prominent, you can stick a candy cane over the border of your door. Use icing to stick the same.
- Allow your ginger bread house to dry properly, before displaying it in your main room.