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How To Make an Easy Gingerbread House

Watch more Christmas Recipes videos: Subscribe to Howcast's YouTube Channel - Make a Gingerbread house that's too pretty to eat with our easy-to-follow baking and decorating instructions. Howcast uploads the highest quality how-to videos daily! Be sure to check out our playlists for guides that interest you: Subscribe to Howcast's other YouTube Channels: Howcast Health Channel - Howcast Video Games Channel - Howcast Tech Channel - Howcast Food Channel - Howcast Arts & Recreation Channel - Howcast Sports & Fitness Channel - Howcast Personal Care & Style Channel - Howcast empowers people with engaging, useful how-to information wherever, whenever they need to know how. Emphasizing high-quality instructional videos, Howcast brings you experts who provide accurate information in easy-to-follow tutorials on everything from makeup, hairstyling, nail art design, and soccer to parkour, skateboarding, dancing, kissing, and much, much more. Step 1: Prepare the dough Make a double batch of gingerbread dough, seal it in plastic wrap, and refrigerate overnight. Step 2: Make a model house Design a house by cutting out pieces of poster board or cardboard for the walls, roof, and chimney. Don't forget to cut windows and a door in some pieces. Step 3: Preheat oven Preheat your oven to 350 degrees. Take the dough out of the fridge and let it sit for 10 minutes. Step 4: Shape the dough On a large piece of wax paper, roll out the dough to a quarter-inch thickness. Lightly dust the dough with flour to keep it from sticking to your rolling pin. Step 5: Cut the dough Use your cardboard cutouts as guides to cut the dough into parts. Tip Bake extra pieces in case a few break during assembly. Step 6: Bake the shapes Grease cookie sheets and carefully transfer the shapes to them, spaced one inch apart. Bake them for 6 to 15 minutes, depending on the size. The cookies are done when the edges begin to darken. Step 7: Trim the pieces Trim the pieces as necessary while the cookies are still warm, and then let them cool overnight. Step 8: Make royal icing Spread royal icing on a foamcore base, which you can find at craft stores. Cover the remaining icing with a damp cloth to keep it from hardening. Step 9: Assemble the walls Fill a pastry bag with icing and begin assembling the walls by piping icing liberally along the sides of two pieces and then holding them together until the icing is completely dry. Let the walls stand for at least an hour before you put on the roof. Tip To help hold the gingerbread pieces in place, use clean canned goods to prop them up. Step 10: Put on the roof Angle the cookies that make the roof so that about an inch hangs over the walls, then put on your chimney. When the house is fully assembled, let it sit at least eight hours before decorating it. Step 11: Decorate your house Time for the fun part -- decorating! Use a variety of your favorite candies -- and your imagination -- to turn your basic house into a sweet dream home. Did You Know? The world's largest gingerbread house, built in Minnesota's Mall of America in 2006, was made of nearly 15,000 pounds of gingerbread.
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