Celebrate the magic of the season by creating these classic flat gingerbread houses.
Are you looking for a fun project to do with your kiddos before Christmas? These classic flat gingerbread houses are the perfect thing to do with your kids over their holiday break!
(Take a peek at this cute gingerbread house decorating party idea as well!)
I can remember creating gingerbread houses at my grandparent’s home as a little girl. The best part was always the decorating! I loved adding embellishments to make each home unique.
Flash forward to modern life: my boys go on their holiday break in a couple of days and I’m excited for some extra time at home together and the chance to do activities as a family.
One activity I want to do together is gingerbread. The boys love taking turns mixing the dough with me and cutting out the shapes.
This classic gingerbread recipe is just like I remember baking as a little girl. But there is one big difference from what we did when I was little: we’re leaving these flat instead of creating 3D homes.
The dough recipe is filled with all things sweet and delicious, like brown sugar.
One thing that I love about these creations is that it’s all the decorating and I don’t have to wait for the houses to set up. My kiddos and I are definitely not patient. 😉
I’m confident you’ll enjoy creating this classic gingerbread recipe as much as us!
- 1/4 cup butter room temperature
- 1/2 cup Imperial Sugar Light Brown Sugar
- 1/2 cup molasses
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- 3 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 3 teaspoons ground ginger
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1/2 teaspoon ground cloves
- 1/4 teaspoon cardamom
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 cup water
- Royal Icing
- candies for decorating
- Cream butter and brown sugar in the bowl of an electric mixer. Add molasses and vanilla and mix until completely combined.
- Whisk flour, baking soda, spices, and salt in a medium bowl. Add dry ingredients to the butter mixture about 1/2 cup at a time, adding water in between. Mix until combined.
- Wrap dough in plastic wrap and chill in the refrigerator for one hour, or overnight.
- Preheat oven to 350°F. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper. Set aside.
- Roll dough out on a floured board to 1/8 to 1/4 inch thick. Use cutters to cut out shapes.
- Bake for 8 to 10 minutes. Let cool on baking sheets for 5 minutes, then let cool completely on wire rack.
- Decorate with royal icing and candies.