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Run Run As Fast As You Can

One of our favorite Christmas traditions is to build our own gingerbread house and men.  This year with our move to the mountains we wanted to make a cabin in the trees.




Run Run As Fast As You Can

This week I am featuring my gingerbread stitch patterns 25% off and sharing our gingerbread recipe, so you and your little ones can have something fun to do on these cold evenings!  It looks for complicated than it is.  It is easy enough that our young children can help and I will give you a few tips we have learned over the years.  

Gingerbread Recipe

1/2 Cup Softened Butter
1/2 Cup Brown Sugar
1/2 Cup Molasses
1 egg
3 Cups All-Purpose Flour
1 1/2 Teaspoon Cinnamon
1 Teaspoon Ground Ginger
1/2 Teaspoon Baking Soda
1/2 Teaspoon Salt
1/4 Teaspoon Baking Powder

Beat butter and brown sugar until fluffy in a large bowl.  Beat in molasses and egg.  Combine remaining ingredients in another large bowl.  Stir dry ingredients into butter mixture.  Wrap dough in plastic wrap, chill one hour.


Roll out on a lightly floured surface to 1/8 inch thickness.  Cut out pieces of house or gingerbread men and transfer to an ungreased baking sheet and bake at 350 degrees for 10 to 12 minutes.  Lift off pan to cool.  Makes 2 dozen men.  To build a house you will need to double the recipe.


We draw out two rectangles on paper and two ends using a strait edge we use a paring knife to cut the dough to create the house pieces.  The roof we make out of cardboard.  We have built large two story homes and learned through a few cave ins that if you use cardboard for the roof your house will set up very quickly.  You'll see later how we cover it.




To assemble pieces we take a large cardboard piece and use royal icing (it takes four batches) to frost the "ground" and put the house together.  


Royal Icing

2 Cups Powdered Sugar
3 Tablespoons Warm Water
1 1/2 Teaspoons Meringue Powder 

Beat powdered sugar, water, and meringue powder in  medium bowl at high speed in a mixer using a whisk on high speed for 7 to 10 minutes or until stiff.  Keep icing tightly covered when not using, to prevent it from setting up/


Put the sides together using a pastry bag to pipe the corners with icing.  Hold in place for a few minutes until they set.  You can also use a glass to hold it in place.  Pipe the roof edges and  put the roof pieces on.  I cover the roof with frosted mini wheats because it give the roof a thatched snow covered look.  You can glue them on with the royal icing. 

Pipe the edges to cover the exposed cardboard.  Create ice sickles by pulling down some icing from the edges and twisting into points.  Let this all dry for a few hours.  While you are waiting you can frost the ground.  We create a ice skating pond with a piece of mirror or tin foil covered with blue transparent film.



Adam creates pine trees by taking sugar ice cream cones and frosting them with green royal icing and rolling or sprinkling them with snowflakes and cinnamon hots.  Press them into the frosted snow and  whala...you have a landscaped home.

 Our Cabin in the Woods

 Our Boys



Gingerbread Boy and His Girlfriend


Run Run As Fast As You Can

So go to http://www.tweetledeedesignco.etsy.com to order your gingerbread patterns at 25% off.  They are super easy and fun.  I had my 12 year old daughter stitch a set of these for her teacher along with a gift basket of gingerbread men.  It's amazing what cold weather and time will inspire young kids to do.  I hope this helps get you into the kitchen with your family to create something yummy and fun for the holidays.

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