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Gingerbread House Recipe

Updated on November 26, 2013
Ginger Bread House Ingredients
Ginger Bread House Ingredients

When my sons were small I attempted gingerbread houses just about every holiday season.

Some homemade cabins were a success and some failed, or should I say crumbled.

I was thrilled to see the kits come out, a d-i-y gingerbread house in a box, perfect. But I didn't have a lot of luck with homemade or the house-in-a-box kits.

Why do I keep trying? I think it's all about making memories. Like the time I tried to make "Dump Cookies" with my then 4 year old granddaughter. She only remembers me accidentally "dumping" all the candies that were supposed to go into the cookie dough, right into the wet (but clean) sink.

I don't give up, when it comes to cooking.

The Sunday before Thanksgiving I poured over recipes for gingerbread, then I returned to my favorite flea market and walked the aisles looking for the used gingerbread dough mold from Longaberger that I saw the day before.

The recipe below is from that kit, called "Longaberger Gingerbread Country Cabin."

Now that I have everything, I'm ready to round up the grandchildren!

Ingredients

  • Gingerbread:
  • 6 cups flour
  • 3 teaspoons cinnamon
  • 2 teaspoons ground ginger
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground allspice
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup butter, softened (do not use margarine)
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 cup molasses
  • 2 egg yolks
  • 1/2 cup cold water
  • House Decor:
  • candy canes
  • candy corn
  • candy pumpkins
  • candy stars
  • novelty candies of any variety
  • jelly beans
  • spice drops
  • "Tools"
  • Canvas pastry bags
  • Plastic coupler to connect to bag with a tip
  • Decorating tips - one #9 writing tip
  • Meringue powder (powdered egg whites)
  • Food colors(oil based ones create deeper colors)
  • baggies to hold pastry bag and keep icing moist
  • your imagination and that of at least one child

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven 325 degrees.
  2. Decide what type of cabin you will make:
  3. Oil the mold and blot out excess oil with paper towel.
  4. In medium bowl combine flour, cinnamon, ginger, allspice and salt and set aside.
  5. In large bowl beat together the butter and sugar at high speed until fluffy.
  6. Add molasses and egg yolks and beat until smooth.
  7. Continue beating as you add dry ingredients from first bowl a little at a time.
  8. Then add water. Dough should be stiff and a little dry.
  9. Shape dough into two balls
  10. Wrap one in plastic.
  11. Press the other into section of the mold. Use a table knife to level off the back of each piece.
  12. Use your fingers to gently remove a tip of each section and carefully peel out the shapes.
  13. If a piece sticks place a tiny ball of the dough on the back and press it into the piece to help grip and remove it.
  14. Lay pieces 1/2" apart on a cookie sheet.
  15. Reuse the mold to make additional pieces that will be needed to complete make your planned cabin.
  16. Bake 20 minutes and let cool on a cookie sheet for 10 minutes. Trim away rough edges. Move all pieces to cooling racks and let cool completely at least 25 minutes.
  17. ICING:
  18. 21/2 cusp powdered sugar
  19. 2 egg whites
  20. 1/4 teaspoon cream of tartar
  21. Beat on high for 5 minutes or until it peaks and is glossy.
  22. Divide into sections and tint with food colors.
  23. MERINGUE ICING:
  24. 2 level tablespoons of meringue powder (powdered egg whites)
  25. 1 pound powdered sugar
  26. 31/2 ounces of warm water (less than a half cup)
  27. beat all ingredients on high for 7 to 10 minutes ... Keep covered with a damp cloth.
  28. To restore texture, re-beat
  29. The Gingerbread Cabin recipe and ingredients are taken from the Longaberger Gingerbread Country Cabin pamphlet that comes with the 1997 Longaberger Gingerbread Mold in the photo above.
Gingerbread House Mold
Gingerbread House Mold

Here's another unique design for gingerbread cabin design.

 
Paula Deen Signature Cast Iron Ginger Bread House Mold
Paula Deen Signature Cast Iron Ginger Bread House Mold

What an awesome gift for the creative baker in your family.

 
1997 Longaberger Pottery Gingerbread Holiday Home Mold
1997 Longaberger Pottery Gingerbread Holiday Home Mold

This is the gingerbread kit that I'm using in this article. Can't wait to post photos of the kids helping and the final product. It may be a cabin, it may be a row of condos, it may be a flop, but we're getting pictures and having a blast.

 

Awesome memories are shared while baking and designing creative goodies with children. Share your traditions and memories here.

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    • poetryman6969 profile image

      poetryman6969 2 years ago

      Sounds like a great treat and activity for the grandchildren.

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      lorimulligan-davis 3 years ago

      Thank you so, so much. I was addicted to and sold Longaberger Baskets for seven years and made this Longaberger Country Cabin many times. I was afraid I'd hunt down my molds but not the instruction booklets that accompany them. (I'm the "just-for-now" best friend is a new mom who is mourning the fact that she doesn't have time/energy to host her annual gingerbread-house-decorating party. She thinks she'd be up to decorating a house if someone else lays it out on the table for her. What are "just-for-now" best friends for?) Did your mold come with the full-color tri-fold pamphlet? If so, I hope you try decorating the cabin for other seasons as well. They come out highly cute!

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      Merry Citarella 3 years ago from Oregon's Southern Coast

      Wow! From scratch even. I'm very impressed. We tried a kit once, but from then on looked from afar. Great lens--thanks.

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      Eugene Samuel Monaco 3 years ago from Lakewood New York

      We have tried a couple of time using the kits with our grandson, last year we failed, but the candy was good.... Thanks