Happy Holidays from all of us at Columbia Gorge Gluten Free! It’s that time of year again. Time for wreaths, Christmas trees and gingerbread houses. This year, because – let’s face it – it’s hard to find a gluten free gingerbread house kit, I decided to get creative and make my own! With some geometry and a little…bordering on a lot of “gingerbread house glue” it was a success!

Gluten Free Gingerbread House

I made my own gingerbread house pattern and used skittles and spice drops for decoration, but here are a couple of websites with great ideas and free house patterns if you just want to print one out and get started:  www.remodelaholic.comwww.recipelink.com & meinlilapark.blogspot.ch.

Gluten Free Gingerbread House

Gluten Free Gingerbread House

Gluten Free Gingerbread and Icing Recipes!
Prep Time 30 mins
Total Time 2 hrs

Ingredients
  

  • 1 and 1/2 cup and 1 tbs of butter
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tsp ginger
  • 1 tsp ground cloves
  • 3/4 cup molasses
  • 2 tsp vanilla
  • 3 3/4 cups of 1:1 gluten free flour

For Icing

  • 4 cups powdered sugar
  • 1 tablespoon corn syrup
  • 2 tbs water add more if needed
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • A couple of drops of food coloring if desired

For Decorating

  • Assorted candies

Instructions
 

  • Place butter in mixer and mix on low speed and cream until smooth.
  • Add the sugar, salt, spices and molasses and mix on med-low until fluffy, about 2 mins.
  • Scrape down sides, add vanilla and mix on low until mixed well.
  • Add the flour in 4 additions, mixing on low speed for about 15 to 30 seconds. Scrape bowl and mix until all flour is incorporated.
  • Mound the dough and split into two balls.
  • Wrap in plastic wrap and chill for one hour.
  • Postion rack to middle of oven and preheat to 325 degrees.
  • Line 2 to 3 baking sheets (depending on gingerbread house pattern) with parchment and set aside.
  • Unwrap dough and on a well floured surface, roll dough out to 1/8 inch thick.
  • Line up your patterns and "trace" with a butter knife.
  • With a parring knife cut out your house pieces and place on baking sheets.
  • Bake until golden brown for about 10 to 15 minutes.
  • Turn pan halfway through baking.
  • Cool house pieces completely before assembling house.

For Icing

  • Mix the powdered sugar, corn syrup and water in a mixer until smooth. Add water until you get the desired consistency. You want it pliable, but not runny. Add more powdered sugar if you add too much water.