The smell of gingerbread is in the air! Who doesn’t love a gingerbread house? I knew I had to try out the new Gingerbread House Mold Pan and was excited to use it!
I started by mixing up the Everything Gingerbread recipe from the pan’s label. I can’t recall the last time I made homemade gingerbread cookies, but knew I had the right recipe once the aroma started filling my home.
I sprayed the pan with Bake Easy™ and wiped out the extra with a paper towel. I then pushed the gingerbread cookie dough into the cavities. I baked it in the oven as instructed, removed it, and patiently let it cool for 20 minutes. I was amazed at how easily the baked cookies removed from the pan. I had no broken pieces and the details were visible in the cookies!
I continued to bake the rest of the dough until I had all the pieces needed. The recipe even allowed extra dough, so I pressed that in and continued to bake until there was no dough left. I easily could have made extra gingerbread boys, trees, or candy canes to use!
I let all the pieces cool completely on cooling racks. While they were cooling, I prepared the Frosty White Icing Mix. That could not have been any easier! I used the mix and added the recommended water and beat it with the mixer. It was perfect! If you don’t have the Frosty White Icing Mix or Royal Icing Mix, mix up a batch of royal icing. Make sure to cover the icing with a damp paper towel and do the same for the tip of the icing bag when not in use. The icing will harden if not kept damp.
I assembled my gingerbread house on a cake board. I started by using a disposable decorating bag, coupler, and decorating tip #8. I iced the front piece edges, iced one side piece edges and had a helper hold that piece in place while I iced the other side edges and pressed those together. Then I iced the back piece and we pressed all the pieces together. I cleaned up the icing edges with a spatula before the icing hardened. I patiently waited until the sides hardened. Use cans if needed to hold the pieces together.
Once the walls were hardened, I piped the Frosty White Icing Mix on the roof panels and the center top and pressed those onto the hardened walls. I used some small plastic containers to prop up the bottom of the roof panels until they hardened. Again, I had to be patient and let those panels harden. I learned many years ago that if you do not let each step harden, you will be very disappointed when your house starts to crumble – decorations and all!
While the house walls and roof were hardening, I worked on piping the icing on the gingerbread boys using decorating tip #1. I used tip #2 to pipe the lettering on the North Pole sign. I used white and red cookie icing to cover the candy canes.
I covered the tree on the back of the house using green cookie icing and then pressed a yellow star from the Gingerbread House Holiday Candies Assortment for the top. The tree is decorated with confetti from the Christmas Sprinkle Assortment.
The fun really began when I got to pull out all the decorations! I absolutely loved the Gingerbread House Icing Decorations! They are the cutest decorations and I was able to easily incorporate them in my design!
I put decorating tip # 8 back on the bag and started to add icicles to the house. I used heavier to lighter pressure working from the top to the bottom and easing pressure and drawing to a point. As I did this, I also pressed White Cake Sparkles™ and White Sparkling Sugar into the snow and icicles. I also outlined the windows and door, and added white cookie icing to the bottoms of the window panes.
Continuing with tip # 8, I put the two chimney pieces together by icing between them and then attached it to the top of the house and added more icing around it. I attached pieces from the Christmas Icing Decoration set to the house by piping a little icing onto the back of each item and pressing them in place. I piped a line of icing around the bottom of the house and pressed Gum Drops from the Gingerbread House Holiday Candies Assortment into the icing. The top of the house was dusted with sifted confectioner’s sugar.
I put some icing on the cake board to attach the North Pole sign. Then I added icicles to the sign using icing, White Cake Sparkles and White Sparkling Sugar. I added the gingerbread boy cookies and then added the reindeer icing decoration to the top of the sign. The front walk of the house was made using the icing sprinkled with White Cake Sparkles, White Sparkling Sugar, and sifted confectioner’s sugar on the board.
Clean-up was very easy; hand wash the pan, tips, and coupler. The decorating bag I used was disposable. Be sure to check our website for other gingerbread house decorating ideas (stained glass windows, icicles and more). If creating a gingerbread house from scratch isn’t for you, check out our selection of pre-baked gingerbread house kits.
I’m glad I had a chance to use the Gingerbread House Mold Pan early in the season! I know what my family and I will be doing this holiday season! I envision using this pan for other holidays too. Add some seasonal icing decorations, sprinkles, and sugars and this pan will easily take you into other holiday seasons!