Always add a bit of distilled white vinegar to the royal icing—it aids in hardening. A lot of people skip this step the end result is a naked cookie surrounded by a pile of candy.
Bake gingerbread until it is dark brown and cracker-like – 35 to 40 minutes.
This is the most important tool you'll need, from cutting out dough templates to breaking down candies for decorations. A dull blade will make these tasks much more difficult.
A sturdy base (such as heavy-duty cardboard or plywood, depending on the projected size and weight of your gingerbread house). If you plan on having landscaping surrounding your house, the base should be several inches larger than the footprint of your house. Our rules limit your Base size to 15" x 15"
Give it one sprinkle/spritz and kneed it in. Repeat until it just stops breaking. Don't go overboard and make it gooey. I'd use water over oil or milk because it's the least likely to change the structure of your cookie in the baking process
Constructing a gingerbread house is like building a real house. Plan out what you want your finished gingerbread house to look like and create a step by step process from there. Also decide the materials you plan to use for your house. Always keep in mind weight issues with any of your materials you use.
Maximum thickness for dough should be 3/8-inch. For houses larger than 6 inches square, use 1/4-inch thickness and for smaller houses, use 1/8-inch. Weight-bearing walls should be just slightly thicker, roof slightly thinner, due to weight of the gingerbread.
Use a round decorating tip, hold bag at a 45° angle and touch tip to surface. As you squeeze out icing with a steady, even pressure, move tip in vertical direction, laying out a log of icing.
Give yourself plenty of time to assemble the house before you plan to decorate—the icing needs to set for a few hours or overnight, until it’s completely hardened.
Use royal icing, because it dries hard. It should be thick, like peanut butter. If your icing is too runny, mix in some powdered sugar. Keep it covered when not in use, because it starts to dry out right away
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