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Gingerbread House Dough with Royal Icing recipe

You will need a pattern for the house.You can design your own or purchase one in a kitchen specialtyshop.

Recipe: Gingerbread HouseDough with Royal Icing

5 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
1 tablespoon ground ginger
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon ground cloves
1 cup vegetable shortening
1 cup granulated sugar
1 large egg
1 cup dark molasses
2 tablespoons cider vinegar
Royal Icing:3 large egg whites, at room temperature(see Food Safety)
1/2 teaspoon cream of tartar
1 (16-ounce) package powdered sugar (4 cups)
Assorted food coloring
Assorted candies for decoration

  • In medium bowl combine first 6 ingredients,mixing well. Set aside.
  • In large bowl cream shortening and sugarwith electric mixer until light
    and fluffy. Add egg, molasses and vinegar; beating until smooth.Stir in flour mixture until just mixed.
  • Roll dough out on a lightly floured parchmentpaper to 1/8-inch thickness.
  • Lay pattern pieces for house on doughand cut around them. Remove scraps and gently slide parchmentpaper with pieces of house onto baking sheet.
  • Bake in a 375°F (190°C) oven forabout 12 to 15 minutes. Let cool on baking sheet 3 or 4 minutesbefore removing to wire rack to cool completely.
  • For Royal Icing: Beat egg whites and creamof tartar in a large mixing bowl at medium speed of an electricmixer until foamy; gradually add sugar, mixing well. Beat 5 to7 minutes.
  • Tint with desired food colors.

    Note: Icing dries very quickly; keep coveredat all times with plastic wrap.

    How to Make Gingerbread House Dough

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