6 Cups of All Purpose Flour
1 tsp of Baking Soda
½ tsp of Baking Powder
2 Sticks of Unsalted Butter
1 Cup of Dark Brown Sugar
4 tsp of Ground Ginger
4 tsp of Ground Cinnamon
1 ½ tsp of Salt
2 Large Eggs
1 ½ Cups of Molasses
For the Icing:
3 Egg whites
5 Cups of Powdered Sugar
How to Prepare:
Mix all the ingredients in a mixer, shape the dough as a ball then place in the fridge for one hour.
Find a template you like to use or make your own. I made my own simple template, here are the dimensions.
For the house: (2 Roof pieces 6 1/2″ by 7″ – 2 side pieces 3″ by 5″ – Front and back 5 1/2 ” bottom, 3″ side, 7 1/2″ height- Door 1 1/2″ width and 2 1/2″ height).
For the chimney: (Front 3″ by 1″- Back 1 1/2″ by 1″ – 2 sides 2 3/4″ by 1 1/2″ by 1″).
Roll out the dough to about a 1/4 inch thick and then cut it over your house template.
Place on a cookie sheet and bake at 350 for 15 minutes.
Take out of the oven and let the pieces cool down.
Prepare the royal icing by mixing 3 egg whites and 5 cups of powdered sugar.
Let the fun begin, shape, and decorate your house.
Tip: I used some can goods and spice containers to hold the pieces at some point until the icing dried and glued the house together.
I also made some gingerbread cookies and Christmas trees to decorate around the house from the left over dough.
My work area..