Thursday, December 23, 2010

It's Not Too Late!

One of my favorite Christmas traditions as a kid was making our gingerbread house each year with my mom and brother.  This is the third year I have made one with my kids, and although Christmas is just days away, it's not too late to make one!  
1.  Assemble your supplies:

Easy gingerbread:
2 3/4 C flour
1/2 tsp. salt
1 tsp. ground ginger
2/3 C molasses
1/3 C brown sugar
3 tsp. baking powder
1 tsp. cinnamon
1/8 tsp. ground cloves
1/2 C oil
1 egg
Mix, roll out with a rolling pin, use some paper templates to make a front, back, two sides, and two roof pieces... here's where you can get as creative as your little heart desires :)

Bake pieces at 350 degrees for about 10-12 minutes

Easy Royal Icing:
3 egg whites at room temperature
1/2 tsp. cream of tartar
1 lb. powdered sugar
use a mixer to really fluff it up, use icing bags with a simple decorator's tip to apply it to gingerbread (if you don't have these, a thick Ziploc with a tiny hole cut in the corner will work)... and although this icing is technically edible, it dries rock hard... perfect for gingerbread house glue!

2.  Assemble some adorable helpers

3.  Use the glue to stick on whatever candy you have... a great way to use up Halloween or Christmas party candy!

4.  Glue the pieces of the house together with the icing, and enjoy the finished house as part of your decor for a few days... and if your kids are anything like my brother and I were as kids, they'll enjoy prying off the stale candy after Christmas.  Man, kids will eat almost anything.
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1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Oh, these turned out SO STINKIN CUTE! Love them!

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