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Gingerbread House



  • 1 c shortening
  • 1 c sugar
  • 2 eggs lightly beaten
  • 1 1/4 molasses fancy, dark, blackstrap, cooking, etc, whichever is fine
  • 5 1/2 c flour
  • 2 tsp ginger
  • 1 tsp each BSoda salt, cloves and cinnamon


  • 1 bag of mini marshmallow 454 g
  • 750 g icing sugar
  • 2 tbsp water shortening


  • 2 C BSoda
  • 1 C Corn Starch
  • 1 1/2 C Water

Royal Icing

  • 3 oz pasteurized egg whites from carton
  • 1 tsp vanilla/lemon extract
  • 4 c icing sugar



  • Mix dry ingredients
  • Beat shortening, sugar, eggs and molasses until well combined then beat in dry ingredients
  • Knead dough on working board then divide into two portions
  • Flatten each portion into a disk, wrap in plastic wrap and chill in the fridge for at least 2 h


  • Mix marshmallow with water, melt in microwave in 30 seconds interval until totally melted
  • Add in icing sugar, stir
  • Dump on greased working board and knead until elastic and smooth, wrap with plastic cling and let rest overnight at room temperature before using
  • Cinnamon, ginger, and clove spices to color and scent (use more cinnamon than the other spices), 2 tsp each at least


  • Mix all ingredients in a pot and stir over medium heat continuously until clay like consistency (like mashed potatoes). Take off from heat and cover with damp towel until cool enough to knead.
  • Knead and mold/cut as you pleased


  • Beat egg whites and extract until frothy then beat in icing sugar gradually until well combined and shiny, on low speed
  • Turn up speed to high and beat until firm peaks
  • Store in rubbermaid or similar container, do not expose to air or it will be dry


  • Prepare a design, trace/draw on hard paper, cut. This will be your template.
  • Take out a dough from fridge and roll flat between two parchment paper.
  • Place your template on dough, cut and place dough on baking sheet that is lined with parchment paper
  • Bake on 325 F for 12-15 mins until golden and firm to the touch
  • Transfer to rack and let cool completely
  • Repeat step for the other disk, for other pieces needed
  • Start decorating!