Gingerbread Recipe wouldn't hold up the decorations, and I don't usually eat the houses, anyway.
What You Need:
For the house pieces:
1/2 cup shortening
1/2 cup unsalted butter (softened)
1 cup brown sugar
1 cup molasses
5 - 5 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 tsp. salt
1 1/2 tsp. baking soda
1/2 tsp. ground cloves
1 1/2 tsp. ground ginger
1 1/2 tsp. cinnamon
For the Icing:
1 lb. powdered sugar (about 3 1/2 - 4 cups)
1-2 tsp. vanilla
3 Tbsp. meringue powder
1/3 cup water
(See my Egg White Royal Icing Recipe if you don't have meringue powder.)
For the Decorations:
Cereal: Fruit Loops, Trix, Golden Grahams, Frosted Mini Wheats
Candy: Gum Drops, Mini Candy Canes, Mints, Gumballs, Cotton Candy
Teddy Grahams or Gingerbread Men Cookies
Make the Dough
Add eggs. Mix to combine.
Add molasses. Mix to combine.
If you do not have a cutter, you can find a simple template to cut with a knife and a ruler here.
Place the parchment paper on a cookie sheet.
Place the cookie sheet in the freezer for 15 minutes. (Preheat the oven to 350-degrees (F) while the cookies are in the freezer.
Royal Icing as glue to assemble the house. If you made stained glass, you may want to spread some white icing on the back of the windows so that you can see them when the house is assembled.
Another idea I had for the stained glass was to place a battery-operated votive candle inside, but I didn't get a chance to make that happen this year.
Then, you can decorate with you favorite candy, cereal, or whatever you wish!
Click here to see my Gingerbread House Decorating Tips and Tricks.
Click the Links Below to See:
Meringue Powder Royal Icing Recipe
Egg White Royal Icing Recipe
Gingerbread Men Cookie Recipe
Other Cookie Decorating Ideas