Gingerbread House Instructions

Here's the recipe I use for gingerbread cookies. It's from Disney's Family Cookbook which I highly recommend and received as a wedding present from a kindred spirit. I made 2 recipes '99 for two houses and just barely had enough. I think it's better to do 2 recipes for one house and have thicker walls and leftover for gingerbread men.

4 1/2 cups all purpose flour
1 tablespoon cinnamon
1 1/2 teaspoons ginger
1/2 teaspoon ground cloves (I don't have these so I didn't use them)
1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
3/4 cup molasses
1/2 cup firmly packed brown sugar
1/2 cup butter, softened
2 large eggs at room temperature

In a large bowl, combine the flour, cinnamon, ginger, cloves, nutmeg, baking soda, and salt. In another large bowl, beat the molasses, brown sugar, butter, and eggs. One third at a time, beat in the flour mixture until thoroughly mixed. Divide the dought into three or four equal portions and flatten each into a disk. Cover in plastic wrap and refrigerate for 2 hours, or until firm enough to roll. Preheat the oven to 350. Roll and cut out the dough, then transfer the cookies to greased baking sheets. Bake for 10 minutes, or until brown around the edges. Remove the baking sheet to a wire rack; cool for 5 minutes. Transfer the cookies to racks and cool thoroughly. (If you don't have enough, paper towels work pretty well too.).

And here's the patterns, in PDF format, for the walls and sides of the house. We make the walls one day, build the house the next day, and decorate it the third.

These are Julie's patterns. The roof is a little longer than on my patterns, so they hang over a little more on the ends.

Need step by step instructions for building the house?

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