Last year my family all got together for Christmas in a rented cabin in Upstate New York. We had 11 adults and 5 little kids squeezed together. It was so much fun - probably my favourite Christmas to date. Some of the highlights of our week was the amazing food that we all cooked, and the fact that we were all actually together. At the end of the week, when everyone was asked what they liked best about our Christmas, I think the unanimous answer was Gingerbread Houses.
Click through for the recipes for the dough, icing, and melted sugar glue (which holds the houses together better than icing ever could).
5½ Cups Flour, sifted
1 tsp. Baking Soda
1 tsp. Salt
3 tsp. Cinnamon
2 tsp. Ginger
2 tsp. Cloves
1 tsp. Nutmeg
1 Cup Margarine
1 Cup Sugar
1 Cup Molasses
- Cream sugar and margarine together
- Add egg and mix
- Add molasses, spices, and flour
- Chill overnight
- Roll out to 1/8 inch thickness and cut shapes
- Bake on a cookie sheet covered in tinfoil
- Crush suckers for windows
- Bake at 300° for 20 minutes
- Cool for 5 minutes and then remove from foil
- Use melted sugar to join the pieces of the house
- Use Royal Icing for decorating the house
Melted Sugar Glue
1 c. sugar
- Place sugar in heavy skillet. Cover over medium heat, stirring occasionally until sugar melts - about 5 to 10 minutes.
- Reduce heat to super low and keep hot until ready to use. Heat again if necessary.
3 Egg Whites at room temperature
1/2 tsp. Cream of Tartar or Meringue Powder
4 Cups Icing Sugar
- Mix the egg whites and the cream of tartar together.