- Yield: 1 cookie sheet full
- Prep Time: 10 minutes
- Cook Time: 13-20 minutes
Gingerbread House (Egg Free)
I absolutely love soft gingerbread! However, that didn't work very well when my kids tried to use my soft gingerbread cookie recipe to build their once a year gingerbread houses last year. So...this year I found another recipe that was soft enough to make me happy and firm enough for the kids to be able to build structurally sound gingerbread houses at last! This gluten-free gingerbread house recipe is the very best because it has bold flavors, a tender texture, and yet a structurally sound foundation so that everyone in the family is happy this year!
- All Purpose Gluten Free flour blend (I used Great Value All-Purpose Flour Blend) - 3 1/4 c.
- vegetable shortening (or you could try coconut oil) - 1/3 c. + 2 tbs.
- molasses - 1/4 c. + 2 tbs.
- milk (can also sub dairy free milk) - 1/2 c.
- sugar - 1 cup
- baking powder - 1 tsp
- ground cinnamon - 1 tsp
- ground cloves - 1 tsp
- ground ginger - 2 1/4 tsp
- Royal Icing
- powdered sugar - 1-2 lb. bag
- milk (can sub dairy free milk) - 1/2 c.
- Combine shortening, molasses, sugar, milk, and spices in bowl. Mix by hand or with a mixer until ingredients are well combined and sugar is dissolved.
- Add baking powder and gradually add all of the flour while constantly mixing. The dough will turn from sticky to stiff by the time all flour is added. Continue to stir/mix until all the flour is incorporated.
- The dough should be firm, but malleable still. Roll out to ⅛ inch thickness parchment paper. Cut into shapes and peel away excess dough- do not move the dough or the shape will be distorted. (It may seem too thin but the dough will puff up while being baked)
- Bake at 350 degrees for 13-20 minutes. Look for the edges to turn golden brown and the center to look dry. Make sure to let the cookies cool completely before attempting to assemble. (You can make it in advance to allow the cookies to dry out)
- Pour powdered sugar into a blender or large food processor. Mix until smooth, 1-2 minutes. Scrape down sides and mix an additional 1-2 minutes. Icing will be very thick.
- For simple decorating pour a portion of the icing in a heavy duty ziplock bag. Seal and cut a small hole on one of the corners to pipe frosting/glue for house assembly. Or you can use a piping back and small round tip for more precise decorating.
- Use the same icing for decorating icicles and designs; add a little water to make it thin enough to create designs but not too thin or else it will just run down the sides of the house. Enjoy and have fun!