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Happy Holidays Gingerbread House

Happy Holidays Gingerbread House

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


Gingerbread and Decorations



  1. Heat oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. Grease two 9-inch square pans and two 15 x 10 x 1-inch rectangular pans.
  3. In large bowl, mix brown sugar, shortening and molasses until well blended.
  4. Stir in cold water.
  5. Stir in flour, baking soda, ginger, salt, allspice, cloves and cinnamon until well blended.
  6. Divide dough into 3 equal pieces. Press 1 piece in each rectangular pan. Divide remaining piece of dough in half; press in square pans.
  7. Bake one rectangular pan at a time, then both squares together, about 15 minutes or until no indentation remains when touched in center.
  8. 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.
  9. Cool completely, about 25 minutes.
  10. 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.
  11. 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.

Gingerbread House template

Yield: 60 servings

Nutrition Information: 1 Serving: Calories 190 (Calories from Fat 50); Total Fat 5g (Saturated Fat 1 1/2g, Trans Fat 1g); Cholesterol 0mg; Sodium 90mg; Total Carbohydrate 35g (Dietary Fiber 0g, Sugars 20g); Protein 2g

Percent Daily Value*: Vitamin A 0%; Vitamin C 0%; Calcium 2%; Iron 6%

Exchanges: 1/2 Starch; 2 Other Carbohydrate; 0 Vegetable; 1 Fat Carbohydrate Choices: 2

*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

Do-Ahead: 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.

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

Recipe and photo credit: Betty Crocker 2007/TM General Mills.


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