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iTwixie Tweens! Make This Gingerbread House!
December 18, 2009
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GRAB YOUR BFF & AN ADULT AND MAKE THIS GINGERBREAD HOUSE!

 

 

DAY ONE: MAKE THE DOUGH & GINGERBREAD HOUSE PATTERN

Heat in a sauce pan until well melted and blended:

  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 1/2 cup syrup(molasses or maple)
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
Put into large bowl and add:
 
  • 1/2 cup cream
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda

Mix in gradually:
3 1/2 cups flour (make a thick dough, may not take all of the flour!)

 
Cover and refrigerate overnight
 
 
 
 
Make a house pattern out of paper:
  • Cut out 2 rectangles for the sides – 3 inches (8 cm) x 6 inches (15 cm)
  • Cut out 2 rectangles for the roof – 7 inches (18 cm) x 3 inches (8 cm)
  • Cut out 2 shapes for the side to the peak – 4 inches (10 cm) at base, 3 inches (8 cm) at the side, and from side to peak (high point) 2 1/2 inches (6 cm)
Remember, the roof pieces are a bit larger so that they overlap the sides of the house.
 
 
 
DAY TWO: CUT OUT YOUR HOUSE, BAKE, BUILD & DECORATE!
 
Roll out the very cold dough, place pattern pieces over the dough and cut out all six pieces.  Transfer to cookie sheet.  The dough should be very thin (about 1/4 inch — .5 cm).  Sometimes it is easiest to put the rolled-out dough on the cookie sheet or parchment paper before you cut out the pieces.
 
 
Bake the dough in a very hot oven (450 F) until the pieces are just turning a little bit brown.  This dough makes a very stiff cookie — excellent walls and roof pieces!  (picture has thicker dough pieces than ideal).
 
 

Remove pieces from cookie sheet while still warm or they may stick!  Allow to cool completely.  Pieces should be stiff.

Make “icing glue”

  • 3 egg whites (use pasteurized eggs)
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons cream of tartar
  • 3 – 3 1/2 cups icing sugar

Whip until the icing is firm.  If it gets too hard as you use it, just add a couple of drops of water.

Build your house using your “icing glue.”  Put sides together first and let harden.  Then add the roof.

Get a bunch of fun, bright and tiny candies together – like Skittles, Twizzlers, Nerds, Snowcaps, Swedish Fish, LifeSavers Gummies, Gum Drops, and M&M candies – you’ll have a blast decorating YOUR gingerbread house!

Enjoy your yummy decoration!  Will it last until December 25?

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