Happy Holidays Gingerbread House

A perfect memory-making activity to share with loved ones during the holidays.

  • Prep Time 2 hr 30 min
  • Total Time 3 hr 0 min
  • Servings 60

Gingerbread and Decorations

1
cup packed brown sugar
1/2
cup shortening
1 1/2
cups full-flavor molasses
2/3
cup cold water
7
cups Gold Medal™ all-purpose flour
2
teaspoons baking soda
2
teaspoons ground ginger
1
teaspoon salt
1
teaspoon ground allspice
1
teaspoon ground cloves
1
teaspoon ground cinnamon
3
bags (13 oz each) jelly beans
Pretzel rods
Assorted candies

Frosting

6
cups powdered sugar
1
cup shortening
1/3
cup light corn syrup
1/4
cup milk
Red, green and yellow food color, as desired

  • 1 Heat oven to 350°F. Grease two 9-inch square pans and two 15x10x1-inch rectangular pans. In large bowl, mix brown sugar, shortening and molasses until well blended. Stir in cold water. Stir in flour, baking soda, ginger, salt, allspice, cloves and cinnamon until well blended. Divide dough into 3 equal pieces. Press 1 piece in each rectangular pan. Divide remaining piece of dough in half; press in square pans.
  • 2 Bake one rectangular pan at a time, then both squares together, about 15 minutes or until no indentation remains when touched in center. Cool 5 minutes; turn each pan upside down onto large cutting surface. Cut off any rough edges. Immediately cut 1 rectangle into back and front pieces (including holes for windows and door), and cut other rectangle in half for side pieces (as shown). Cut 1 square into trim and shutters (as shown); cut extra square into gingerbread people, or save for another use. Cool completely, about 25 minutes.
  • 3 In medium bowl, beat all frosting ingredients except food colors until smooth enough to spread, beating in additional milk if necessary. Leave most of frosting white; remove and tint small amounts of frosting with food colors for decorating front of house
  • 4 Cover cardboard or serving platter with foil. Use frosting to stand front piece of house on cardboard. Attach 1 side to front, then 1 back to side, using frosting. Attach back pieces together at center with frosting. Attach remaining side to house. Attach trim along roof of house; attach door and shutters to door and window openings, using frosting. Fill any gaps with frosting and small gingerbread pieces if desired. Decorate house using remaining frosting, jelly beans, pretzel rods and assorted candies, as desired.

Expert Tips

You can make the gingerbread the day before the fun begins! Remember to cut into pieces (as shown in diagram) after gingerbread has cooled 5 minutes. Store gingerbread covered with plastic wrap or foil.

Try a variety of assorted gourmet jelly beans with fun designs and colors.

Nutrition Information

NUTRITION INFORMATION PER SERVING

Serving Size: 1 Serving
Calories
190
(
Calories from Fat
50),
% Daily Value
Total Fat
5g
5%
(Saturated Fat
1 1/2g,
1 1/2%
Trans Fat
1g
1%
),
Cholesterol
0mg
0%;
Sodium
90mg
90%;
Total Carbohydrate
35g
35%
(Dietary Fiber
0g
0%
  Sugars
20g
20%
),
Protein
2g
2%
;
% Daily Value*:
Vitamin A
0%;
Vitamin C
0%;
Calcium
2%;
Iron
6%;
Exchanges:
1/2 Starch; 0 Fruit; 2 Other Carbohydrate; 0 Skim Milk; 0 Low-Fat Milk; 0 Milk; 0 Vegetable; 0 Very Lean Meat; 0 Lean Meat; 0 High-Fat Meat; 1 Fat;
Carbohydrate Choices:
2
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.