Every year growing up we had the tradition of decorating Gingerbread Houses with my family! When I married my husband, I was excited that his family had the same tradition! It’s one of those things that I have so many memories of as a child, that I knew having it a big part of our Christmas traditions was important to me.
There was a difference in the Gingerbread houses though. My mother always made a harder Gingerbread and ended up hot gluing her houses together for durability. My mother in law (who is an amazing baker) she makes a super soft Gingerbread and uses an amazing Royal Icing Recipe! She even uses the Royal Icing recipe to put the houses together! So, I decided to share her recipes with you!
Gingerbread (for House or Cookie)
2 1/4 c. flour
1/2 tsp. salt
1 tsp. ginger
1/8 tsp. cloves
1 tsp. cinnamon
3 tsp. baking powder
1/3 c. brown sugar
1/2 c. oil
Mix the brown sugar and oil together. Once combined then add egg.
In a separate bowl combine flour, salt, ginger, cloves, cinnamon and baking powder. Add to the sugar, oil, egg mixture.
Once mixed thoroughly refrigerate for several hours.
Roll out on an oiled piece of foil the size of a cookie sheet. Place it on the cookie sheet and bake at 300 degrees for 20 to 30 minutes. Place pattern on hot gingerbread and cut immediately. Lift it out with a spatula and cool on a rack. Gingerbread should be very hard when cooled, if not the pieces can be laid back on the cookie sheet and bake for 5 to 10 mins longer.
1 lb of powdered sugar
3 egg whites
1/2 tsp of cream of tarter
Beat thoroughly in mixing bowl until the icing stands on peaks. Sometimes you have to add more powdered sugar to get it to do this. Usually you have to beat it for 3 to 5 minutes. Keep the bowl covered at all times while you are decorating or the frosting will go hard.
I put it in a tupperware and keep the lid on it. I use a # 3 or 4 writing tip and a # 28, 29 or 30 to cover the cut off
edges. Decorate with candy canes and all kinds of candy.
GOOD LUCK! Honestly, if you haven’t started this tradition already – DO! It’s one that maybe is a little chaotic, but will create so many memories that will be remembered through a lifetime!
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