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Build your own house!

One of my favourite parts of the Holiday season is the abundance of yummy food and fun projects. Building a gingerbread house can be an excellent project to share with the whole family, whether you choose to bake from scratch or buy a premade kit to decorate together. I came across an excellent recipe at Canadian Parents if you’re looking to bake your own. Simply alter the dimensions if you’re looking to be more creative and want to build a gingerbread mansion or condo!

• 3 1/4 cups sifted all-purpose flour
• 3/4 teaspoon baking soda
• 3/4 cup (1 1/2 sticks) unsalted butter (room temperature, softened)
• 1/2 cup light-brown sugar, packed
• 1 Tbsp ground ginger
• 1 Tbsp ground cinnamon
• 1/2 teaspoons ground cloves
• 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
• 1/2 teaspoon salt
• 1 large egg
• 1/2 cup unsulfured molasses
• Royal Icing (if making a house)
• Candies to decorate (if making a house)

In a large bowl, sift together flour, baking soda, and spices. Set aside.
Cream the butter. Add sugar and beat until fluffy. Mix in eggs and molasses. Gradually add the flour mixture. (You may need to work it with your hands to incorporate the last bit of flour.)
Heat oven to 350°. Place dough on a large piece of lightly floured surface. Using a rolling pin, roll dough 1/8 inch thick. At this point you can make a batch of gingerbread cookies or you can use the template to make house pieces that can be used for a small elf house.
Transfer to parchment paper lined cookie sheets. Bake until crisp but not darkened, 8 to 10 minutes. Remove from oven. Let sit a few minutes and then use a spatula to transfer cookies to a wire rack to cool completely. Decorate as desired.

Watch the Instructional video: