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Gingerbread House Facade

  • Preparation 1 H 30 MIN
    Cooking 13 MIN
    Chilling 3 H
  • Servings 1
  • Makes 3 facades or 1 facade and 7 dozen holiday cookies
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Ingredients

Cookie

Windows

Icing

Preparation

Cookie

  1. In a bowl, combine the flour, ginger, cinnamon, baking soda, nutmeg and salt. Set aside.
  2. In another bowl, cream the butter, brown sugar and molasses with an electric mixer for 2 minutes. Add the egg and mix well. With the machine running on low speed, or with a wooden spoon, add the dry ingredients and mix until the dough is smooth, about 1 minute (see note).
  3. Form the dough into 3 discs. Cover each one in plastic wrap and refrigerate for 1 hour.
  4. With the rack in the middle position, preheat the oven to 350°F (180°C).
  5. On a sheet of parchment paper, roll one disc of dough out to form a 13 x 10-inch (33 x 25 cm) rectangle, about 1/8 inch (3 mm) thick.
  6. 6 Place the gingerbread house facade stencil over the rectangle of dough. With a small knife, cut out the house, as well as the doors and windows. Delicately remove any scraps of dough, including those found inside the door and window incisions. Reroll the scraps of dough until 1/8 inch (3 mm) thick. Using the stencils on the rerolled dough, cut out the triangular support piece, shutters, awnings and doorframe. Remove any excess dough. Place the cut outs on the parchment paper around the house facade. Slide the parchment paper onto a baking sheet. Roll out the remaining dough (including the 2 discs) and cut out more gingerbread house facades or cookies.
  7. Bake for 8 minutes. Remove the baking sheet from the oven (see note).

Windows

  1. Place 2 crushed candies of the same colour inside the door opening. Place 1 crushed candy into each of the window openings. Return the baking sheet to the oven and bake for 5 more minutes or until the edges of the cookies are lightly golden and the candies are melted. Let cool completely, about 1 hour.

Icing

  1. In a bowl, whisk the egg white and icing sugar with an electric mixer until smooth. Transfer the royal icing to a pastry bag fitted with a plain tip. Use the royal icing to glue the shutters, awnings and doorframe to the facade. Decorate the facade with royal icing and candy decorations, if desired. Let dry completely.
  2. Using the royal icing, glue the triangular support to the back of the facade near the middle to help the house stand upright.

Note

Click here to download and print your template.

We used individually wrapped candies, which kept our workspace neater when we crushed them using a rolling pin. As well, one candy is just the right amount to fill each window opening.

Don’t hesitate to mix the dough directly on a floured work surface; the flour will be completely absorbed by the dough and once chilled, the dough rolls out very easily.

Bake the cookies for 8 minutes for a tender texture and 10 minutes for crispier cookies.

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