Thelma Alberts is passionate about baking and cooking, and she likes to get creative. She worked for many years in cafeterias in Germany.
It´s Christmas time again! Time for baking cookies and making gingerbread houses for this wonderful family occasion. I used to make gingerbread houses from a ready packed ingredients in which I did not have to bake the dough. Everything was inside the package. The Lebkuchen ( German traditional gingerbread) for the walls and the roofs of the gingerbread house, the candies for decorating the house and some miniature Christmas trees and miniature kids. I only have to buy extra icing sugar and eggs for making the royal icing for the glue in building the gingerbread house.
I celebrate this Christmas in my home country, so I have to bake the gingerbread dough. While making the dough for this recipe hub, the electricity went off when it was still on the process of baking. My dough was destroyed. There was a brown out (as we call it in the Philippines) or black out. It took the whole day that I got mad and decided to use Graham Crackers instead of the original gingerbread dough. This is the easiest and the shortest way for building the house.This is the best way in case you have not much time. You can make this gingerbread house and let your small kids explore their creativity in helping you. It would be a great fun for both of you. Anyway, gingerbread dough recipe is still included in this hub.
I´ll be sharing some German tradition, like baking cookies and gingerbread houses to my Filipino family. I hope we all enjoy the festivity of Jesus birth this Christmas.
|Prep time||Cook time||Ready in||Yields|
2 hours 12 min
Ingredients of Gingerbread House Dough
- 200 gram pancake cinnamon syrup or molasses, light or dark
- 400 gram all purpose flour, sieved
- 100 gram sugar, brown
- 1 cup margarine, melted
- 1 pince salt
- 1 teaspoon ginger, powder
- a few drops Vanilla, flavouring
Other things you need
- paper plate
- baking paper
- rolling pin
- electric mixer
- chopping board
- weighing scale
- icing bag
Electric Stand Mixer
Electric Stand Mixer
Electric Stand Mixer is one of the best of all my kitchen utensils. I don´t have to hold it all the time when mixing the batter and dough. I assure you, life in the kitchen is much more fun with this utensil.
- Put the brown sugar and margarine in an electric bowl mixer. Mix them well until creamy and fluffy.
- Add the pancake cinnamon syrup or molasses. Lightly mix them to the margarine sugar mixture.
- Add the rest of the dry ingredients like flour, ginger powder, a few drops of vanilla and salt. Scrape the sides of the bowl every now and then. Mix well until the dough is smooth.
- Refrigerate the dough for an hour. Let the dough rest for 10 minutes at room temperature before cutting the dough for walls and roofs of the gingerbread house. Flatten the dough with a rolling pin to 1/2 cm thick.
- Cut the patterns of your desired sizes of the walls, ceiling and roof. Make more patterns in case some of them get broken when used. Below are the sizes of my patterns.
- Preheat the oven to 180°C. Bake the patterns for 12 minutes or until they are golden brown. Let them cool and let them stay overnight inside the refrigerator for the next day to build the house.
One Way of Making the Gingerbread House Template
Graham Crackers Gingerbread House
- 1 pack (225 g) Graham Crackers
- 1 pound icing sugar
- 2 egg whites
- 1 lemon or 2 pieces of calamansi
- 3 or more small packs of marshmallows
- 3 or more packs of coated peanut candies
- 3 pieces of finger chips
Gingerbread House Kit
When I was in a hurry and wanted to make a gingerbread house, I just bought a gingerbread house kit as all the building ingredients were (are still) inside the package. I had to paste or build the gingerbread house by using the royal icing. Easy to make and kids love to build the house as well.
Step by Step
How To Assemble
This is the measurement of my Mini Gingerbread baked cuttings or Graham Crackers House:
- 4 pieces of 9x5 cm cuttings for the walls
- 2 pieces of 9x5 cm for the ceiling
- 2 pieces of 9x5 cm for the roof
- 2 pieces of 5x5x5cm for the roof
- Prepare the paper plate by covering it with aluminum foil or just use color plastic plate the way I did it.
- Position your house in the middle of the plate. Draw a line of royal icing on the plate where you intend to build the 4 walls of your house. Put icing sugar to the 4 wall cuttings and press them together. Put a glass in the middle of the walls to support them from falling down. Wait for a while (if it´s Graham Crackers) or let it stay for an hour ( if you have baked the dough) to let it harden.
- Glue together 2 rectangular cuttings for the ceiling. Paste them on top of the 4 walls.
- Then glue the 2 rectangular cuttings for the roof slantly on top of the ceiling. Add more glue to make it stable enough to stand.
- Lastly, glue the 2 triangles on both sides of the roof.
- Let the house harden for a few hours for the decorations.
I love buying Royal Icing mix as it is very handy when making this for decorating my cakes. I just need to follow the instruction on how to make it. It is easy to make and save time.
For the Glue: Royal Icing
- Sieve the icing sugar.
- Beat the egg whites lightly with the electric mixer.
- Add the icing sugar spoon by spoon and then add the juice of lemon or calamansi while mixing.
- Stir the icing every now and then.
- Continue mixing until the icing is good enough to glue the gingerbread cuttings.
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Decorating the House
- Decorate the roof by pasting the marshmallows on top of the roof one after the other. Paste the marshmallows, roof after roof to avoid the hardening of the royal icing.
- Then paste the coated peanut candies in the middle of the roof.
- Paste the marshmallows on the sides of the house. One side after the other.
- Draw a royal icing door in front of the house and paste the finger chips on top of it. Paste a coated peanut candy as a doorknob.
- Paste a in front of the door as a way.
- Draw a window with the use of the icing if you wish.
- Spread a few icing on top of the house as a sign of snow.
- Scatter some marshmallows beside the house or build a fence.
Be creative. You can use different kinds of candies, gums, dried fruits, colored royal icing and many more. Visit your baking department store for more decoration ingredients. Decorate your gingerbread house the way you like it to be. Use your imagination. You will know how your house look like when it´s finish. Enjoy and have fun!
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© 2012 Thelma Alberts
Thelma Alberts (author) from Germany on December 27, 2018:
This gingerbread house is very easy to make and not expensive as well. Thanks for dropping by Natalie Frank. Merry Christmas and a prosperous new year 2019.
Natalie Frank from Chicago, IL on December 15, 2018:
I've always wanted to make a ginger bread house but the recipes or kits for them always are for big ones which seemed like too much both in terms of effort and amount. This recipe is just what I was looking for.Thanks!
Thelma Alberts (author) from Germany on November 28, 2017:
Thank you Rajan for your nice comment. You are very welcome. Have a nice week!
Rajan Singh Jolly from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA. on November 28, 2017:
Too cute and very imaginative use of graham crackers . It just makes me want to have it right away. Thanks for sharing.
Thelma Alberts (author) from Germany on November 20, 2017:
Hi, The Savvy Age. Just keep on trying like I did. One day it will be perfect. It´s nice to see you in my hub. Thanks for your visit. Have a great week.
The Savvy Age on November 19, 2017:
So cute! I've only tried making one - 1X - it wasn't a great success - must try again!
Thelma Alberts (author) from Germany on May 13, 2015:
Hi ChitrangadaSharan! Yes, of course you can manage making this mini gingerbread house. It´s fun especially if you have kids with you decorating it. Thanks for the vote and pin. Happy hump day to you.