Gingerbread cookie cottage

Gingerbread cookie cottage

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Cooking time

Prep: 30 mins Cook: 15 mins Plus chilling, drying and decorating time

Skill level

Moderately easy

Servings

Here's a gingerbread recipe sure to delight youngsters and enchant adults alike; a genuine house of gingerbread

Nutrition and extra info

Nutrition info

Nutrition

kcalories
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protein
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carbs
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fat
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saturates
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fibre
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sugar
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salt
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Ingredients

For the walls and roof

  • 650g self-raising flour, plus extra to dust
  • 3 tsp ground ginger
  • 3 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 175g butter, cut into cubes
  • 225g brown sugar
  • 175g black treacle
  • 2 eggs, beaten

To decorate

  • 2x 120g tubes white ready-to-use icing
  • 2x chocolate flake bars
  • 2x 200g packs white mini marshmallows
  • 200g icing sugar, sifted, plus extra for dusting
  • coloured lollies, chocolate buttons, sweets
  • 30cm square silver cake board

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Method

  1. Place the flour, ginger, cinnamon and butter in a food processor and pulse until they resemble breadcrumbs (do this in two batches if the bowl is small). Combine the sugar, treacle and egg in a large mixing bowl. Tip in the flour mix and stir, then bring the dough together with your hands. Turn onto a lightly floured surface and knead until smooth. Cover and chill for at least 1 hr.
  2. Heat oven to 180C/fan 160C/gas 4. Line three baking sheets with non-stick paper. Divide the dough into three and roll out on a floured surface to the thickness of two £1 coins. Using the templates, cut out two each for the roof, sides and two pointed end walls. Lift them onto the baking sheets. Re-roll scraps of dough, then cut out the small trees. Bake for 12 mins or until just firm. Leave to firm up for 5 mins, then transfer to a wire rack to cool.
  3. To assemble the house, pipe a door on an end wall and a window on a side wall, using the squeezy icing. Pipe icing generously along one long edge of one side wall and stick it to the board. Repeat with an end wall, join the corners with a line of icing, then fix a flake bar to the base as a 'foundation'. Stick the remaining walls together. Use another flake bar to support the other end wall. Fix on the roof pieces, then leave overnight to set.
  4. Stick the marshmallows all over the roof, using the decorating icing as glue. Fix chocolate buttons around the door and to cover the corner joins. Pipe icicles along the front edge of the roof using the squeezy icing – start each one with a small pea-sized blob of icing. Pull the icing nozzle downwards and away from the blob – the icing will break off in a jagged 'icicle'. Alternatively, decorate with a line of white chocolate buttons.
  5. Mix the icing sugar with drops of water until you have a thick but spreadable icing. Spread this over the board and decorate with the lollipops (fastened to soft sweets), sweets, chocolate buttons and gingerbread trees. Dust lightly with icing sugar for a snowy effect.
  6. NOTE: To make the templates draw each shape on card or paper, using the following measurements. Side walls: 16cm x 10cm. Roof walls: 19cm x 12cm. End walls: Total height 18cm to the apex. 10cm tall to the top of the box. Angled line 11cm long.

Recipe from Good Food magazine, December 2005

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cerijones11's picture

Probably a really stupid question!! But can anyone suggest a different flavour to ginger? I'm not a big fan of ginger but want to make this for my family! I was considering simply using vanilla, but any suggestions would be great!!

nicole_kirsty's picture

My family and I aren't real ginger fans either but we LOVE cinnamon so I use that instead.....it's delicious!

dannidurrant's picture

It took a while for me to find the templates.. but if you see method 6 thats where they are!

mrskonrad's picture
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Mmmm lovely!!!

kathrynyoung's picture
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I MADE THIS WITH MY 8 YEAR OLD SON AS A CHRISTMAS PRESENT FOR HIS CLASS, HE USUALLY GETS BORED AFTER WEIGHING OUT THE FLOUR (UNTIL ITS READY TO EAT!) HOWEVER HE REALLY ENJOYED MAKING AND DECORATING THIS, WE MADE A EXTRA HALF QUANTITY TO MAKE EXTRA CHRISTMAS TREES (MAKE 30 WITH TRIMMING FROM HOUSE) WHICH WE DECORATED WITH ICING FOR TINSLE AND TINY CHOCOLATE STARS (DR OETKER-TESCO),ON THE HOUSE WE USED CHOCOLATE FINGERS FOR THE ROOF AND I FOUND IT EASIER TO PIPE MY ICICLES FROM THE BOTTOM TO TOP- IT LOOKED FANTASTIC, GINGERBREAD NICE AND SOFT NOT HARD LIKE SHOPS SELL, WILL MAKE AGAIN AND AGAIN!!!

leigh558's picture
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Loved this and used the gingerbread recipe just to make gingerbread men as favours for my wedding, they went down a treat. Even had people saying it was the best gingerbread man they had tasted!

dgriffiths's picture
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I made this last christmas and will be doing so again this year! My 9 year old and I had so much fun putting it together. It was fiddly with the icing but worked and my daughters sense of achievement after was sky high. She spent the whole of christmas showing it to people. I cut windows in the sides and baked with boiled sweets crushed in them to make stained glass. I also put a bit extra ginger and cinnamon in but that's how we like it.

ahornsby's picture

This is an amazing recipe which as used as part of a christening gift last wekend...it was loved by all and nobody wanted to eat it as it looked sooooo nice!!!!!

For the templates, I just cut pieces of card before hand and made my own measurements!!!

bakingmad190297's picture
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when i made this gingerbread house i didn't use black treacle i used golden syrup and it still tasted nice and looked nice

bakingmad190297's picture
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don't understand the flake part can someone please explain it

joannasimpson's picture
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This is a really tasty ginger bread recipe although i subsituted a bit of the flour for much more of the spices.

fayebarbary's picture

I made this for Christmas and it was wonderful. The recipe for the gingerbread was easy, although sticking all the pieces together was tricky at times. Decorating it was great fun and I really enjoyed myself making the house.

I would recommend buying far too many sweeties so you can munch on them as you go along. It was torture sitting and smelling them, but not being able to tuck in!

I couldn't get any marshmallows so I used white chocolate buttons on the roof instead, which looked great. I also made a snowman out of two toffee bon bons - it was very cute!

I wanted to post a picture on here, but I can't work out how to do it. Let me know if there is a way.

hayleytucker's picture

You'll find a tin of black treacle near the golden syrup and jams. Its a thick dark liquid. You can use the remainder to flavour casseroles.

hayleytucker's picture

This was a recipe i had seen before, but never got round to making. I am so glad I did. I found it suprisingly easy. i printed the templates from this web site, and away i went. The gingerbread was simple to make, and fixing the walls together went really well, I left it over night to set, and loved decorating the next day. The gingerbread lasted for a week, but by then it had all been eaten. Will definatley make again next christmas

fran1984's picture

I am a bit lost. Ttrying to get all the things i need together to make the ginger bread house, but cant understand what black treacle is? Can anyone help.

debbfrench's picture

What a great shame, I have used this for the last 2 years and have lost the templates. My son loves making this on a Sunday afternoon before xmas...mind you i have to buy more sweets than it needs as he eats, them all part of the fun. Then xmas morning we are allowed to start eating bits of it, great fun.
Come BBC Good Food put the templates on the web site.

janeabella's picture

Thought I would give this a go but can not find templates.

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