2 sticks butter, room temperature
1 cup dark brown sugar, packed
1/2 cup dark corn syrup
2 Tablespoons ground cinnamon
2 Tablespoons ground ginger
1 Tablespoon ground clove
2 teaspoons baking soda
4 cups all-purpose flour
4 Tablespoons water
Parchment paper to cut out template
Ruler, pen, and scissors
In a large mixing bowl cream butter, and sugar, then add the next five ingredients, and mix in well on medium speed, of mixer.
Then carefully add 1 cup of flour, and 1 Tablespoon of water, and mix in slowly. Then do the same with the rest of the flour, and water until all is mixed together.
Wrap dough in two plastic wraps, made into disks, and chill at least 30 minutes.
On parchment measure, draw, and cut two 5 X 7 – inch templates, for sides. Two 5 1/2 X 7 1/2 templates for roof. And two 5 -inch at the base and near top slanted a pick 7 1/2 – inches from bottom. And remember a chimney cut 4 pieces 1 1/2 X 2 with a V cut in the bottom center of each.
When ready preheat oven to 375 degrees. and have ready two rimless baking sheets.
Roll gingerbread dough out to edges on waiting baking sheet. Place paper patterns onto the rolled out dough (use second baking sheet, and extra disk if needed). With a sharp, knife, and ruler, cut around each of the template. Remove extra dough, but leave house pieces in place.
You also have enough dough for a Snowman, Christmas Trees, Santa’s Reindeer, Sleigh, and some Gingerbread kids use cookie cutters.
Now, place in oven and bake for 15 minutes, or until cookie feels firm.
Place template on top of the gingerbread house pieces after you remove from oven, and trim, cutting edges with a sharp knife. Also this is the time to cut a Front door, and a couple of back windows, if you like. Leave to cool on baking sheet.
And now to put it all together:
Lots of hard candy, cookies for the roof, candy canes, marshmallows, gum drops, powdered sugar (fresh snow), M&M’s, what ever you like. Be creative and have Fun!
1 pound powdered sugar
2 large egg whites
1 teaspoon lemon juice
Mix all of the ingredients together using mixer on high speed, until smooth and thin enough to be pressed through a pastry bag with a Wilton # 12 tip, and any other tips you might want to use. Add more lemon juice, if necessary.
Stick sides, front and back of house together at corners using Royal icing. Place any object against the pieces to prop up until icing is firm, it does not take to long to dry.
Place Royal icing between two roof pieces to the pitched roof line of the house (let dry). Now, you should have a house, at the back of the house, place the chimney (stack the four chimney pieces together with Royal icing, lining up V’s on bottom).Place the chimney stack wherever you like, place Royal icing in V to hold on roof pitch.
Continue decorating your house, and just have Fun! You are the Designer, the Architect, the Landscaper, and remember let it snow!