A fun DIY activity the whole family can enjoy!
The 2020 holiday season is looking a little different for everyone. With more time being spent at home than usual there’s never been a better reason to get creative with at-home activities. Bring the household together for an afternoon of baking and making gingerbread houses!
(Laughter and kodak moments included).
We are sharing two family recipes below. One for your DIY gingerbread house and one for your icing! Use this old fashioned gingerbread recipe for gingerbread houses, gingerbread men, or delicious cookies!
This basic but delicious recipe will not only taste amazing, but fill your home with a warm and wonderful aroma.
1 cup Shortening/Butter (un-salted)
1 1/4 cup Brown Sugar
1 1/4 cup Granulated Sugar
1 1/2 tbsp Dark Molasses
1/2 cup Eggs
1/2 cup Milk
2 tsp Baking Soda
1 tbsp Ginger
1 1/2 tbsp Cinnamon
2 tsp All Spice
6 cups All purpose Flour (un-sifted)
- Cream the butter, sugar and molasses together.
- Add eggs slowly and cream together.
- Slowly add the milk while sifting in the remaining dry ingredients. Mix only until dough is formed. Let dough cool before rolling out for Houses, Gingerbread Men, or Christmas Cookies.
- Bake at 350 F for 10-15 minutes.
For Gingerbread Houses:
When pieces are cold they should be crisp. If pieces bend they are not baked enough. Simply put them back in the oven and bake them more!
- Mix meringue powder, cream of tartar, and warm water until dissolved.
- Beat with electric mixer until foamy. Add icing sugar.
- Beat at medium speed for five minutes, and then add glucose or corn syrup.
- Beat for another three minutes and put in an air-tight container.
*Just add a little water to thin icing down.