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Classic Christmas Gingerbread House
By: Jessica Farris
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This Classic Christmas Gingerbread House project is so easy to personalize with the shapes and candy of your choice. Create a miniature winter wonderland with this easy homemade gingerbread house.
2 cups dark corn syrup
3 egg whites
1. Create a template. I pretty much made up my own. If you want a symmetrical house, you’ll need one cardboard stencil for each: front and back walls, side walls, and roof pieces. Draw your shapes onto the card stock with a ruler and cut them out. The best way to make sure your template works is to cut out all of the pieces, label them (e.g. write "Wall 1" on the carboard) and actually tape them together before you begin.
2. Get baking! Here's the recipe I used to make the structural dough (tweaked from a few different recipes):
3. Roll out a large piece of parchment paper and lightly flour the surface. Keep the parchment paper and flour on hand.
4. Pull off about 1/4 of the dough and reseal the bag. With a lightly floured rolling pin, roll the dough to 1/4-inch thickness, smoothing to ensure that there are no air bubbles in the dough. Lightly flour your stencils and lay them on the dough. Use the pizza cutter to slice the shapes according to your template.
5. Remove the excess dough and transfer the entire sheet of parchment paper to a cookie sheet. Repeat steps 1-2 until your entire template has been cut out. You may wish to make extra pieces in case of breakage, or you may reserve the remaining dough for such emergencies. (I used my extra dough to make dinosaur cut out cookies, because who doesn't like dinosaurs?)
6. Bake the pieces at 350 degrees F for 12-14 minutes or until the dough has hardened and the edges are lightly browned. Allow the pieces to cool completely before using.
7. In the meantime, prepare your surface and supplies.
8. Make the royal icing:
9. To construct the walls, lay one wall on the table and draw a line of icing along each side edge. Hold the adjacent pieces onto the icing until it has hardened enough for the walls to stand on their own. Carefully lift the house into an upright position and add the remaining wall, holding it in place until the icing has hardened. Repeat with roof pieces. Allow the icing to set before decorating.
10. Now comes the fun part! Go to town with your decorations. Use your own ideas, or try the ones below! I learned from trial and error that it's easier to add the icing to the candy and then place it on the house; otherwise, mistakes are slightly messier.
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