Last year I made Beauty and the Beast inspired gingerbread house. Ever since you have been asking for more princess inspired houses. Today I’m going to share with how to make this beautiful Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs gingerbread house.
To make Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs Gingerbread House you need:
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Food Colorings : yellow, orange, red, ivory, brown, sky blue, royal blue, green, black
Petal Dust(FDA) – to add color to the dwarfs’ cheeks
Templates : dwarfs, bird, window, door
To make royal icing roses you need : wax paper squares, flower nail and petal piping tip 101 or 102 for slightly larger roses. Please refer to this tutorial on how to make the roses ribbon roses.
Let’s start with the cookies.
I used my gingerbread cookie dough for houses and centerpieces. Easy Blooms Cutter by Wilton proved to be useful for more than easy blooms. I used it to to make decorative panels. Make sure to use a little bit of water on the connecting sections. This helps with the adhesion.
Let the cookies cool completely.
Before you start decorating always make sure you let the cookies cool completely. As a matter of fact don’t touch the house panels for at least 15 minutes after you take them out of the oven. You can make the cookies few days before you plan on decorating. It’s perfectly fine.
I prepared my flood icing for the panels first. I start with icing the largest sections first to get them out of the way. Once you ice the panels with the base layer of icing, it is important to let the panels dry. Don’t touch or move the cookies for at least 5-6 hours. Refer to my Royal Icing FAQ on how to speed up the drying process.
On most days I use 15 second consistency royal icing. However when I’m icing larger areas I often thin icing a little more(12 -13 second) to make sure that it doesn’t start crusting before I’m done icing the cookie. You also need to take your ambient temperature into account. If you work by the heater icing is most likely to crust faster.
Make royal icing transfers
Royal icing transfers(RIT) are great as you can make them ahead of time. Days, weeks, even months. Store them in an airtight container, away from a direct sunlight. To decorate my Snow White and Seven Dwarfs gingerbread house I made ladybugs, apples, apple basket, butterflies, birds, flowers and dwarfs as RIT.
In a nutshell, you pipe royal icing on a piece of wax paper, parchment or acetate sheet. In this project I used a wax paper. You place iced designs on a flat surface and let them dry. It is best to let them dry overnight. For thicker and larger applications it is best to wait 10-12 hours. After icing dries you can peel off the backing and use the decorations, or store them for later use.
Chimney is decorated with a basket weave design. It represents the Snow White’s basket.
Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs gingerbread house panels.
As soon as the base layer icing is dry you can start adding another layer of decorations. I used edible marker to draw the Snow White silhouette.
To attach royal icing transfers use little bit of medium stiff royal icing for the glue.
Make the royal icing grass.
Simplify the decorating process by using piping tips. Grass piping tip is super handy. Though for the longest I was afraid to use it. I only started to use it recently and I love it. I used to make the grass on the back panel on my Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs gingerbread house.
To make cute little leaves I made a leaf tip by simply cutting the tip of the piping back into a V-shape.
Decorate with red bows.
Notice I made 3 heart cutouts in each roof panel. Try to align the holes on a baking sheet before you bake the panels so can easily thread the ribbon through. I taped the end of the ribbon and thread it through the openings. Then you need to make 3 bows. It turned out so cute!
Snow White flower basket.
I like to add chimney after the house is build so the additional weight of the chimney is not going to cause house panels to slide as they are drying. You can see the process of building the house in my video below.
Daisy flowers were so tiny I had to use tweezers to attach them.
Adorn the house with dwarfs, butterflies, birds and cookies.
House is standing and it’s time to add 7 dwarfs : Doc, Grumpy, Happy, Sleepy, Bashful, Sneezy, Dopey.
Use royal icing to attach butterflies, apple cookies and dwarfs. Let dry.
Enjoy a beautiful Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs gingerbread house.
Without a doubt gingerbread houses are one of my favorite sugar projects. Over the years I’ve made so many of them. You often ask which one is my favorite? I adore them all. Every time I make a new one it usually becomes my new favorite, until I make another one. Though, there is one or 2 that are extra special. My first Haunted Halloween House and 1st Christmas Gingerbread House.
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