I shared with you the recipe of the gingerbread cookies using speculoos spice to give it a twist to the traditional recipe, few weeks ago. I hope that you have had the chance to practice it and now you are ready to design and build your gingerbread house.
I did not grow up with this tradition at home, but I remember reading the story of the "gingerbread boy" and Hansel and Gretel and always dream about Candy houses...they are just to pretty!!
I am sharing how fun it is to build this sweet treat with your kids. My daughter and I always want it to make one from scratch.
This activity can take a few days to finish , so it is great to make it during a school break, snow days, or during Christmas Holidays.
For this project you will need:
* Gingerbread cookies with a twist recipe, click here
* Gingerbread house cookie cutter
* Firm royal icing, click here
* Pastry bag, coupler and decorating tip # 2 and 3
* Assorted sprinkles
* Gummies and mini chewy sweetarts
* Coffee filters
* Baking trays
* Cooling raks
Before making the trip to the super market to purchase all what you will need, you can ask your kids to design the house and make a sketch (My girl, loved this part). So you can plan what kind of candies and sprinkles you are going to need. Besides this step get the kids very excited!!
|This is one of the sketches that my daughter made.|
|We didn't put the pine tree and the candy canes, at the end we liked the way it look without them.|
1.- Make your cookie dough and put it in the freezer for 30 minutes or so.
2.- Roll out the cookie dough using a cookie dough circle of 1/4 in, you need to make your cookies thinner than normal because these cookies are a little heavy and this can cause you trouble when building the house.
3.- Line up your baking tray with parchment paper and Bake the cookie at 350 F for 10-13 minutes and relax a little bit an enjoy the smell in your kitchen.....
4.- Let the cookies cool.
5.- Prepare firm royal icing and prepare a pastry bag with tip #3 and set it aside in an air tight container.
6.- Now that you have your design ready is time to have some fun. You have to decorate all the pieces and let them dry before you put together all the pieces.
7.- To make the snow on the roof you can use mini white nonpareils or silver sanding sugar, and pour it over the royal icing right away.
8.- Using the royal icing as glue start putting all the sprinkles and candies and let them dry for 4-6 hours.
You have to be sure that the icing is dry, before picking up the cookies if not all the sprinkles and candies, will fell down.
Most Supermarkets have a candy section, look for the small packages and less expensive ones, this are perfect for this kind of projects.
9.- When everything is dry, you can start putting the pieces together, starting with the back part of the house and one side.
Next the front of the house, the other side and let them dry.
You can use anything to support the walls and keep in place meanwhile the icing dry, be PATIENT!!! This is the hardest part....You can ask your husband for help in this part.
When those pieces are glue together you can put the roof, put some icing in one side of the front part and in one side of the back part of the house, as it shows in the picture, and place the roof over it and let it dry.
Repeat the same thing for the other side and let it dry. I use some ramekins to support the roof pieces, they slip very easy, so you have to hold them in place for some minutes.
As you see in the top picture there is an opening in the middle of the roof... no worries...royal icing and sprinkles can FIX EVERYTHING!!!
I really love how this little gingerbread house looks, it really looks like he picture don't you think??
We had so much fun building the little house, although I had to make another batch of the recipe, we couldn't resist the temptation to eat some cookie, they are really, really, really DELICIOUS!!!
You can place an electric candle inside and use it as a lamp or nightlight in your kitchen.
Now I can erase "Build a Gingerbread house with my daughter" on my bucket list.