The most successful way to roll out this gingerbread cookie dough is between two sheets of parchment paper. It will stick to your counter no matter how much you flour it.
Re-roll the scraps so you have enough dough for the entire house.
Unless you are going for a minimalist approach, clean out your cupboards and use up pretzels, marshmallows, cinnamon sticks, cereal and any other food item you think could fit the bill.
If you try to make the house when it is humid, the results will be more crumbly. The humidity in the air will also keep the frosting soft and you really want nice stiff frosting for best results.
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.
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