It’s super important you bake the gingerbread properly. Underbaked gingerbread will have unwanted moisture, which can lead to flimsy walls that won’t stand up and/or cave in with time. It’s best to err on the side of overbaking your gingerbread—look for noticeably brown edges and for the surface of the dough to look and feel dry, even inside the oven!
Use a sugar duster to sprinkle the house with non-melting sugar (or confectioners’ sugar) for that freshly fallen snow look.
Perhaps one of the most challenging steps in making a gingerbread house is creating the template—making sure you have all of the measurements correct and the pieces are proportional. The beauty of the internet is that you can find a variety of house patterns to pick from! Just print and cut out the designs, transfer to lightweight cardboard, place the templates over rolled-out dough, and cut.
You have several options for painting your gingerbread house. You can cover the house pieces either in rolled fondant (available in white and pre-colored) or with royal icing. Fondant is the quickest route because it doesn’t need to dry.
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.
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