Peppermint, sugarplums and cinnamon definitely herald in the holiday season. However it is widely known that gingerbread is the ruler of the Christmas cookie world. Leave those boring gingerbread house kits at the craft store and make some magic in your kitchen. This festive gingerbread log cabin will finish off your country-inspired Christmas with a bang.
Here’s a standard gingerbread recipe that comes out crisp and ready to assemble.
- 3/4 cup butter, softened
- 1 cup packed brown sugar
- 1 egg
- 3/4 cup molasses/treacle
- 4 cups all-purpose flour
- 2 teaspoons ground ginger
- 1-1/2 teaspoons baking soda
- 1-1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
- 3/4 teaspoon ground cloves
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
Mix your ingredients together and chill the dough for an hour. Roll the dough out into a 1/8-inch sheet.
Print a free template on some card stock. Use these simple cut outs to create perfectly sized gingerbread pieces for your gingerbread house.
Place all your gingerbread pieces on baking sheets and bake at 350 degrees for 8-10 minutes.
If you want to get fancy, drop a single colorful hard sugar candy into each of the spaces for the windows before baking. As the candy bakes, it will create an incredible stained glass effect.
Put together the four walls using white royal icing, which is just a frosting recipe that sets firmly. Use some cans or tins to prop up the corners of the house while the icing sets.
Place one side of the roof in its position, and allow the house to set into place before adding the final roof piece. Put together the chimney pieces, letting the chimney harden and set while you finish decorating the house.
To recreate the classic Lincoln log look, use large pretzel sticks on the outside of the house. Cut them into the correct sizes and attach them horizontally to the outside of the gingerbread with royal icing.
Leave the door and windows visible, and don’t put any pretzels on the roof.
After attaching your pretzel-logs, place the second roof piece and cover the entire roof with white royal icing.
Place the chimney on the wet icing and sprinkle the whole roof with sugar for sparkle.
Set your front door ajar in the doorframe to welcome any passer-bys of Gingerbread House Land.
Make It Your Own
Add candies, garlands or extra decorations using royal icing as glue. Let your masterpiece set for 24 hours before moving it.
Gemma from Bigger Bolder Baking made this colorful tutorial so you can recreate this cozy and adorable log cabin in your own country retreat.