Updated: Dec 26, 2019
My inspiration to decorate this gingerbread house in colorful candy, buttercream, candy canes, colorful sugar cookies, gum-balls, and sprinkles is 100% based on the classic board game Candy Land (my personal childhood back in the 90s favorite) because nothing says #iwantcandy around the holidays more than that board game does! Also, I don't know about you, but I've always wanted to just jump in and eat my way around the game... and now I feel like I can do that with this gingerbread house- and you can make this too! This gingerbread house will allow your creative imagination to come to life!
I decided to decorate the front and back of the house in two different ways (refer to pic above and below)... Which variation do you like better? The sprinkled pink front side of the house (above) or the festive Whoville inspired back side of the house (below)? Either way, they're both getting eaten!
When making this recipe, you will need a variety of different items to make it as magical and colorful as seen in the pictures.
To decorate as seen in the pictures, you will need:
-mini star shaped cookie cutters
-colorful candy canes
- rainbow gum
-buttercream frosting (recipe below)
and royal icing (recipe below)
-pastry piping bags
-desired piping tips for decorating
-any colorful candy you'd like to use
Most importantly, you will need to have a cake board along with a gingerbread cookie cutter set which is what I used to create my house.
When buying gingerbread cookie cutter sets, the set itself should include rectangular cookie cutters to create the sides and roof of the house (the rectangular gingerbread cookies are pictured below) as well as a variety of other shapes needed to put the house together which might include a chimney and other fun shapes, such as stars for instance. The main parts of the house are the 4 rectangular shapes (two sides and two roofs) and the pentagon shapes (needed for the front and back of the house). These are all cookie cutters that should be included in your set you choose to buy. As far as how you want to decorate your house, that is completely up to you, of course! Just imagine your perfect cookie dream house... and make it come to life!!
By using the proper cookie cutters, you will know step by step just how to assemble the house (that's how I learned as this was my first time making a gingerbread house!) Basically, you assemble the house using buttercream to attach the pieces together. The house itself will sit on a cake board. After piping the buttercream onto the cookies, you'll want to refrigerate the house to make sure the house stays together. The buttercream will become firm when it is refrigerated therefore allowing the house to stay together.
When piping the roof to create a snowy appearance, you will want to pipe buttercream using Wilton piping tip 21 or 32 or otherwise your favorite star piping tip.
Don't forget to add colorfully decorated gingerbread men to your masterpiece! It is their home after all :)
Enjoy and HAVE FUN!
1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened
1 3/4 cup dark brown sugar
2 tsp. vanilla extract
1/2 cup unsulphured molasses
2 1/2 cups gluten free all-purpose flour*
1/4 cup cornstarch (used in place of baking soda as you do not want the cookies to rise, you need them to be flat for decorating)
2 tbsp. ginger
2 tsp. cinnamon
2 cups unsalted butter, softened
2 tsp. vanilla extract
4 cups powdered sugar
2 tbsp. meringue powder
1/4 cup water
2 cups powdered sugar
Food coloring- ROYGBIV and Pink
1. In a standard mixer or mixing bowl, cream the butter, sugar, vanilla extract, and molasses together.
2. Add the eggs and combine until smooth.
3. In a separate bowl, sift together the flour, cornstarch, ginger, and cinnamon. Add to the mixer and combine. *If the dough is too sticky, add 1/4 cup more flour at a time until the dough is at a workable texture and has formed a ball. You can always add more flour later when it comes time to roll the dough.
4. Wrap the dough into plastic wrap and refrigerate for 30 minutes-1 hour or until firm.
5. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line a standard cookie sheet tray with parchment paper.
6. Roll the dough onto a floured surface and knead with hands until you have a workable texture. Roll to 1/8" thick and cut into shapes using gingerbread cutter set.
7. Bake in oven for 8-10 minutes or to desired firmness, up to 12 minutes.
8. Remove from oven and allow to cool completely before frosting.
1. In a standard mixer or mixing bowl, whisk together the meringue powder and water until stiff peaks begin to form.
2. Add the powdered sugar and combine until you have royal icing.
3. Divide the royal icing into as many colors as you'd like to pipe with and place each color into separate pastry piping bags.
4. Cut a small tip off of each piping bag and decorate the outer edges of the sides as well as front and back of the house following the shape of the cookie to create a pattern as seen in the pictures above, adding sprinkles if desired! (I piped triangles and diagonal rectangular shapes going across the cookies, taking turns with colors to create a more colorful effect on the sides of the house).
5. Allow the royal icing to dry completely on the cookies before assembling. Decorate as many cookies as you'd like using as many colors and shapes you wish (such as stars, as seen in picture).
1. In a standard mixer or mixing bowl, cream the butter and vanilla until smooth. Add the powdered sugar and combine.
2. Place into pastry piping bag with star piping tip (Wilton 21 or 32 or another desired pastry piping tip to decorate the top, the sides, and the outer edges of the house with).
How to Assemble the Gingerbread House:
1. To assemble the gingerbread house, first pipe two lines of buttercream onto the longer outer edges of the sides of the house and place onto cake board.
2. Pipe buttercream onto the bottom as well as the outer edges of the front and back of the house (the pentagon shapes) and place onto cake board attaching the sides of the house to the front and back of the house with the piped buttercream.
3. To attach the roof, pipe buttercream onto the top of the roof going across where both cookies meet. This will seal the longer edges of the roof together. Place gingerbread house in fridge until the buttercream is firm to the touch, about 30 minutes. Once the buttercream is firm, you can start decorating your house!
4. Pipe a decorative row of buttercream onto the top of the roof of the house where both cookies meet and decorate with sprinkles as seen in pictures. Pipe patterns of buttercream using a star piping tip all across the flat outer edges of both sides of the roof. Add rainbow star cookies and colorful sprinkles as well as anything else you wish to decorate the roof with! Make it colorful!
5. Use a smaller star piping tip (Wilton 18 or 20) to create a wreath on the front and back side of the house. Use the same piping tip to frost around the windows on the sides and front of the house as well as the doors on the front and back side of the house. Add sprinkles and more buttercream if you'd like- the more sprinkles and color, the better!
7. Decorate with candy canes, gum-balls, gumdrops, and anything else you'd like!
8. Dust with powdered sugar to create a snowy look around the house.
9. Serve and enjoy! Or simply admire looking at it- this will take a lot longer than it sounds and it will be hard to eat it after you see your masterpiece 😩😊🎄
HAPPY HOLIDAYS AND HAPPY NEW YEAR!!
*Disclaimer: May cause tastbud happiness! Additionally, my opinions are my own of course! I am not affiliated with any of the brand names mentioned in this post.