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Gingerbread House 2017

This years gingerbread house is a new design.  I used a basic gingerbread house pattern that you can find anywhere and made the gingerbread from scratch using my Best Gingerbread Cookie Recipe

Gingerbread House Cookies 2017

A few years ago my Postage Stamp Gingerbread House cookies were a hit.

The idea came from this US Postage Stamp.

Using the same templates that I made from the postage stamp above, I created this years Gingerbread House Cookies in the video.  And of course I used my Best Gingerbread Cookie Recipe

One Dimensional Gingerbread Houses

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Who says time and patience are needed to make large fancy gingerbread houses. These one dimensional gingerbread houses are approximately 5.5 inches in height and 5 inches wide at its largest point.  Decorated entirely with royal icing and Skittles.  They are now available at my Etsy store.

 

Toy Soldier Gingerbread Cookies and Elf Gingerbread Cottage

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The holidays are coming up and I wanted to get an early start.  These gingerbread cookies are now available at Toy Soldier Gingerbread Cookie Ornaments.

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Also available are my Elf Gingerbread Cottages

Just a reminder, any orders placed before November 23rd will be shipped by December 1st.

 

 

Elf Gingerbread House

 

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Elf Gingerbread Cottage

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If you would like to purchase one of these Elf Gingerbread Cottages check out my Etsy page  These gingerbread houses are made to order using the highest quality ingredients.  Completely edible, this adorable home decoration would be the perfect addition to your house or as a gift.

Order by December 15 for Christmas delivery.  No nuts or soy products used.

Gingerbread Houses, 1 Dimension and 3 Dimension

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(Scroll down to bottom for vegan gingerbread recipe)

This year I had to get an early start on holiday baking and decorating due to other commitments in life.  Gingerbread is a tough cookie and providing it’s not in a hot and humid area, which in the Mid-Atlantic it’s not, it could last weeks or longer before the royal icing chips off providing it’s handled with care.

The cookies above were inspired by none other than a United States Postage stamp.  As unusual as that may sound, anything can be used for inspiration.  The hardest part was the piping and practice in addition to proper piping technique is the key to getting it right.

The roofs were made by cutting spiced gum drops in half vertically and the doors and shutters were made with fondant.  Everything else is royal icing.

After I “glued” on the gumdrops with royal icing, I used Americolor’s edible black marker (it’s made with FDA approved food color). and drew the details onto the cookies first then went over it with royal icing.

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These cookies were made with the leftover dough from this house.

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To make my vegan, clean eating gingerbread recipe you will need:

1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1 cup Earth Balance vegan buttery sticks
215 grams raw sugar mixed
1 tablespoon blackstrap molasses (will be added to raw sugar to make dark brown sugar)
4 teaspoons ground ginger
4 teaspoons ground cinnamon
1 1/2 teaspoons ground cloves
1 teaspoon finely ground black pepper
1/2 teaspoon sea salt
3 tsp Ener G egg replacer
4 tablespoons warm water
3/4 cup blackstrap molasses
1/2 cup honey
780 grams whole wheat pastry flour

Preparation:
Add 1 tablespoon blackstrap molasses to the raw sugar and mix until well combined.  Set aside

Whisk together 4 tablespoons warm water and Ener G egg replacer.  Set aside.

Directions:

In a large bowl, sift together flour, baking soda, and baking powder; set aside.

In an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, cream buttery spread and brown sugar until fluffy. Mix in spices and salt. Beat in egg replacer and black strap molasses and honey.

Add flour mixture; mix on low speed until thoroughly combined. Divide dough into thirds and wrap in plastic. Chill for at least 1 hour.

Heat oven to 350 degrees. On a well-floured surface, roll out dough to 1/8 inch thick. Cut into desired shapes. Place dough shapes on ungreased baking sheets; chill until firm, about 15 minutes. Bake 15 minutes, or until gingerbread is firm in the center, but not dark around the edges.

Cool completely on rack.

 

Gingerbread Glitter Houses

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While browsing through Pinterest looking for this years gingerbread ideas, I found a board with pictures of miniature cardboard houses decorated with glitter.  Commonly known as Glitter Houses, these easy to make houses originated in Germany where they are known as Putz houses.  Do yourself a favor and take a look at these Glitter Houses 

I thought how easy it would be to make these houses with gingerbread, sanding sugar, and edible Disco Dust.  And that’s how I came about making these very bright town homes.

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