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Construction Gingerbread Cookie Dough

This Construction Gingerbread Cookie Dough is perfect for making long term display gingerbread decorations and gingerbread houses. I’ve been using it for years. Often keeping finished pieces for up to 2 years.

Tree cookies decorated with white icing glued on a round base standing up.

CONSTRUCTION GINGERBREAD COOKIE DOUGH

I use this basic Construction Gingerbread Cookie Dough Recipe for all my display gingerbread houses, 2D centerpieces and Christmas ornaments.

I’ve put together an ultimate guide on how to use this gingerbread cookie dough for variety of cookie projects. Let me show you how to make pretty things out of gingerbread.

Baked gingerbread cookies on a tray.

This fragrant cookie dough doesn’t have any leavening agents and it doesn’t spread during baking. It’s especially important when making gingerbread houses or other complex structures that require precision.

Bake gingerbread cooling on a wire rack.

For years I’ve been making Christmas tree ornaments, festive centerpieces, gingerbread houses, advent candle decorations and decorated cookie wreaths using this recipe.

Variety of royal icing decorated gingerbread centerpieces.

COOKIE DOUGH INGREDIENTS

  • Flour
  • Spices : ground cinnamon, ginger cloves, pepper, ground chili flakes(optional)
  • Sugar
  • Molasses or Dark Corn Syrup
  • Egg
  • Margarine or Vegetable Shortening ( I don’t use butter as it’s expensive and for gingerbread decoration that is not meant to be eaten I prefer to use cheaper alternatives)
Gingerbread cookie dough ingredients on a counter.

FLOUR AND SPICES

I like to use fragrant spices in my construction gingerbread cookie dough. And I use them for couple of reasons.

  • I love the smell and a beautiful aroma lingering around the house. It’s perfect for holiday season. By all means you can omit the spices if you wish.
  • Spices can also help keep pests away. This might a good idea to consider, especially if you plan on displaying or keeping your decorations for an extended period of time. Cinnamon and cloves have been known to repel ants.

Into a large bowl sift or whisk together all purpose flour and spices. Set aside.

Sifting flour and spices into a large bowl.

MIXING COOKIE DOUGH

On medium high speed beat margarine and sugar until creamy, about 5 minutes. Then beat in one whole egg until well combined, 30 seconds to a minute. Scrape down the bowl and continue beating. Then lower the speed to medium low and gradually pour in molasses or dark corn syrup. Beat well until combined, about a minute. Lastly, gradually beat in flour mix in 3 additions.

Creaming butter and sugar in a bowl.

You can use Molasses or Dark Corn Syrup or a combination of both. Spray a measuring cup with a nonstick spray. Pour in the molasses. Nonstick spray coating helps to release sticky molasses out of the cup.

Spraying a measuring cup with nonstick spray and pouring molasses into the cup.

Dump the fresh dough onto a lightly floured work surface or into a large bowl. I always use a bowl I had the flour in. Knead it with your hands for about 30 seconds till it comes to a ball. If it appears too sticky sprinkle up to ¼ cup of flour over it and knead it in.

Shape the dough into a disk. Wrap it in a plastic food wrap and chill for several hours and up to overnight. Dough will keeps in the fridge for several days. Up to 3-4 days. It starts to dry out slowly if kept for longer. Freeze for up to 3 months.

Kneading fresh cookie dough into a bowl with little bit of flour.

HOW TO ROLL OUT COOKIE DOUGH FOR GINGERBREAD HOUSES

Employ rolling guides to evenly roll out cookie dough. Rolling guides come in different sizes. I like to use ¼ inch or 1/8 inch rolling guides.

  • I use thicker guides to make cookies for small centerpieces. It’s easier to glue thicker cookies onto the base
  • And thinner guides to make house panel cookies for gingerbread houses.

Cut the cookie dough disk in half and work with half of the dough at a time.

Roll the cookie dough between 2 sheets of parchment paper. Lightly dust parchment with flour to prevent cookie dough from sticking. On each side of parchment sheet place one rolling guide. In the picture below I used painters sticks (1/8 inch/3mm thick) from a hardware store.

When rolling out cookie dough for gingerbread house panels I like to use a large rolling pin (20 inch long). This way I can roll out wide and long piece of cookie dough at once. It allows me to cut out more house panels from one piece of a cookie dough.

Rolling out cookie dough between parchment sheets.

Remove top layer of parchment, leaving bottom parchment. With a pastry brush dust off flour residue from the cookie dough. Cut out large house panels first. Such as front and back, roof and sides. Calculate about 1/2 inch space between cookies. Remove scraps and slide parchment with house cut outs onto a baking sheet. Don’t handle large cookie cut outs. Don’t try to move them as they will go out of shape.

Cutting out gingerbread house panels form a rolled out cookie dough.
Baked gingerbread house panels layered on a cooling rack.

USING COOKIE CUTTERS AND TEMPLATES

To cut out gingerbread house panels you can utilize cookie cutters and/or templates.

COOKIE CUTTERS

When using cutters be sure to put enough pressure on cookie cutter so it cuts all the way through the cookie dough.

Gingerbread house cookie cutters and template on a table.

If you have small cutters use these mini cutters to cut out window panels, doors and other shapes as desired. To make small window panes use small square cookie cutter. Or get creative, use rounds, hearts, stars, rectangles. It’s a gingerbread house, who says it can’t have star shaped windows.

Cutting out a small window from a cookie dough using a mini square cutter.

For easier cutting dust cutters with a little bit of flour.

Cookie cutter dusted with flour.
Cutting out heart shape from a gingerbread house panel.

GINGERBREAD HOUSE TEMPLATES

If you don’t have gingerbread house cookie cutters you can easily use templates instead. Print the templates. Trace the house panels onto a card stock or a plastic sheet. Cut the templates with scissors or and exacto knife.

You can find tall gingerbread house template in my Harry Potter Gingerbread House Tutorial

CUTTING OUT HOUSE PANELS WITH A BENCH SCRAPPER

Use a bench scrapper or a small ruler to cut out house panels with long straight edges. Dust the bench scrapper edge with a little bit of flour to prevent sticking.

Cutting out large cookies with a bench scrapper.

USING EXACTO KNIFE|PEN BLADE

To cut out unusual shapes such as doors you can also use an exacto knife/pen blade. When using knives I like to slide a plastic sheet (green sheet in the picture below) underneath the parchment to protect my work surface/baking sheet.

When cutting out shapes with an exacto knife or a pen blade it’s best to chill rolled out cookie dough for 10-15 minutes. Chilled dough is easier to cut with a knife/pen blade.

Cutting out a cookie shapes with exacto knife.

BAKING CONSTRUCTION GINGERBREAD

I bake construction gingerbread at 350F. I bake these cookies until no longer shiny in the center and till the edges are golden brown.

  • Bake large panels for about 16 – 20 minutes, till golden brown around the edges and no longer shiny.
  • Smaller cookies take shorter time to bake, 10-12 minutes.
  • Bake molded and shaped pieces just like you would bake flat pieces. Let molded pieces cool completely before handling.
  • Cookies after they are baked and cool should give a knocking noise when you tap on them.
  • If you live in a humid area I recommend drying out cookie panels a bit more. After their 1st bake, continue baking panels at l75F-200F for 30 minutes.
Baked and cooled gingerbread layered on a cooling rack.
Baked and cooled gingerbread house panels layered on a cooling rack.

HOW TO BUILD A GINGERBREAD HOUSE

Now that you’ve got your house panels baked and cooled you can build a gingerbread house.

You can build a house before you decorate or you can first decorate each house panels and then build the house.

  • Assemble after you decorate.
  • If you plan on decorating each house panel with royal icing. Using flooding technique and piping delicate patterns it is best to decorate cookies first and then build the house.
  • Assemble before you decorate
  • If you are using candies, chocolates and other edibles to decorate I’d suggest to build the house first and then use thick royal icing to glue the decorations onto the house.
  • Here is an example – Edible Simple Gingerbread House.
  • This route is especially practical if you are for example having a gingerbread house decorating party. Your gingerbread house is already built and you can just have fun decorating it with candies, sprinkles and such. Ultimately this is totally up to you.
  • Also if your rather make a basic house that you can later nibble on. I’d recommend my Honey-Gingerbread Cookie Dough instead of construction gingerbread cookie dough. Difference is that honey cookie dough bakes very slightly domed.

I usually decorate my house panels before assembling the house.

It looks something like this before I glue the house panels together.

Decorated gingerbread house panels layered flat on a table.

After base is glued and set then I attach the roof.

Christmas gingerbread house decorated with royal icing displayed on a cake stand.

GINGERBREAD HOUSE GLUE

To glue cookies together you can use 2 edible mediums.

  • Royal Icing
  • Melted Sugar/Caramel

My preferred choice of glue to use for Gingerbread houses and decorations is Royal Icing. It creates a strong bond that can last for years.

I’ve tried using melted sugar on several occasions. Melted sugar bond is pretty much instant. It works well with small centerpieces and such. However for a gingerbread houses and long term displayed projects I prefer royal icing. I find melted sugar can be slightly temperamental and I only use it for projects that don’t require long term display (months).

ROYAL ICING GLUE

Royal Icing – can be prepared using my Fresh Lemon Royal Icing Recipe. Be sure to use thick royal icing to glue gingerbread house panels. Royal icing doesn’t harden instantly, it takes time for it to dry. This quality gives you a little more time to adjust house panels and angles of house panels as needed.

Royal icing takes 6-8 hours and up to 12 hours to fully dry. Thicker application of icing will take longer to dry. Allow this time for the icing to dry completely.

Glue Royal Icing consistency is also very important. Icing should be stiff but not too stiff. If you are using icing that is too stiff it won’t stick to the panels and because of it there will be a weak bond. It should be medium stiff, with a peak that bends slightly.

It is best to glue the gingerbread house in steps. First I assemble the base house panels (front, back and sides). If the house has a chimney I assemble the chimney. I let my base dry for 4 – 5 hours. Then I glue on the roof panels and let the house dry overnight.

It is also a good idea to support house panels while icing is drying with small bottles or skewers. This ensures that panels are not leaning one way or another and roof is not sliding down.

Gingerbread house base glued with royal icing.

When making Mermaid Gingerbread House I attached undecorated roof panels onto the house base. Allow icing to fully dry.

Attaching a roof onto a gingerbread house.

MELTED SUGAR/CARAMEL

Melted sugar/caramel creates a strong bond instantly. I find this method very effective and useful for certain projects but it is not without disadvantages. Because the bond is pretty much instant there is literally no room for error when aligning the panels.

In a humid climate, overtime melted sugar glue will start to weep.

Prepare Melted Sugar Glue – pour 3 – 4 cups granulated sugar into a heavy stainless steel pot. Heat on medium heat until sugar is completely melted. Keep an eye on it as it will start to caramelize quickly.

Using Melted Sugar / Caramel – Dip the edge of the house panel into melted sugar. Immediately take connecting house panel and connect it onto the edge of house panel dipped in melted sugar. Keep in mind to keep 90 degree angles between wall panels. Sugar hardens pretty much instantly so you need work fast. And with precision.

Adult supervision required – When working with melted sugar it is important to be careful. Melted sugar is hot. Don’t burn yourself.

I used melted sugar to glue my tree centerpiece onto the base.

Swirly gingerbread tree centerpiece displayed on a table.

HOW TO DECORATE THE ROOF?

When it comes to decorating the roof you can make it as simple as spreading thick royal icing over the roof panels. Dust it with sanding sugar, sprinkles or leave it plain. Or you can use piping tips. Such as leaf, petal, start tip to decorate the roof. Or use candies, cereal, chocolates and so on.

Gingerbread Bird House.

To make roof shingles on my Nightmare Before Christmas House I first made textured royal icing transfer. Then I broke up dry royal icing sheet into pieces and glued shingles onto the roof.

Gluing roof shingles onto the roof panels.

In my Snow White and Seven Dwarfs Gingerbread House I iced both roof panels prior attaching them onto the house base. Then I threaded red ribbon through heart cutouts and made a bow. Isn’t that pretty?!

Threading a ribbon thru roof holes in a gingerbread house.

TEXTURED GINGERBREAD

This construction gingerbread cookie dough works great with textured mats. Dust rolled out cookie dough with little bit of flour. Place textured mat on the top and between rolling guides. Roll over the mat with a rolling pin. Then carefully peel off the silicone texture mat and voila.

Using wood grain textured mat to create texture in cookie dough.
Cutting out cookies with a bench scrapper.

MOLDED GINGERBREAD

You can use construction gingerbread to create molded cookies. Use silicone molds. Small molds often need to be dusted lightly with flour.

1st shape a small piece of gingerbread dough into a small ball. Then press it into a mold. Smooth the top. Carefully remove molded cookie from the mold. Either gently tap the mold while holding it upside down or remove the mold away from the cookie.

Gingerbread cookie dough shaped as seashell with a silicone mold.

If working with fine detailed molds it is best to chill the mold with cookie inside for 10 minutes and then unmold the cookie.

Dusting silicone mold with flour.

You can also shape gingerbread using 3D baking molds. I used this method to create Death Star Cookie for my Star Wars Gingerbread House.

Shape gingerbread over the mold and bake it. Let cool completely. After it cools gingerbread takes on the shape of the mold.

Shaping gingerbread cookie over a sphere silicone mold.

Notice the front door, flower pot and a house sign. All these cookies were made with textured mats. And a rose and braided gingerbread were hand molded. Imagine working with fondant. Some of the same techniques can be applied to gingerbread, too. How fun is that?!

Rose made out of gingerbread.

MAKING CHRISTMAS ORNAMENTS

I often hang handmade gingerbread cookie ornaments around the house. Before I bake the cookies I use a drinking straw to make a small hole at the top of the cookie. Then after cookies are decorated you can easily thread a pretty ribbon thru and hang the cookies on a Christmas tree.

Making a small hole in a cookie with a drinking straw.
Christmas ornament cookies displayed on a green pine branch.

GINGERBREAD HOUSE WINDOWS | STAINED GLASS COOKIES

To make glass like windows you can use crushed hard candies, isomalt, melted sugar or gelatin sheets.

  • Crushed Hard Candies
  • Isomalt
  • Gelatin Sheets – simple cut to size of the window and glue on the inside before you assemble the house.
  • Melted Sugar/Caramel – melt sugar, let caramelize to your liking. Pour onto a parchment. Let harden. Peel off and glue on the inside of the house with royal icing. Or place baked cookies onto a parchment and pour it inside of the windows. Let harden.
Cookies with cut outs filled with crushed hard candies.

In some cases I like to pre-bake my gingerbread panels before I fill the open areas with candies. Let the cookies cool completely before adding the crushed candy and then bake the cookie at 350F for about 7 minutes, until the candies are melted. Allow cookies to cool completely before removing them from the baking sheet lined with parchment.

When using melted sugar, bake the cookies first and then fill with melted sugar. Have a piece of parchment underneath and let the sugar harden before peeling it off from the parchment.

If you can get your hands on Isomalt you can use it instead of crushed candies or melted sugar. Isomalt  metls at a lower temperature than regular sugar and it will not caramelize/darken in color like regular granulated sugar. Isomalt will stay clear. You can also get colored Isomalt if you’d like to make stained glass using different colors. If the Isomalt becomes a bit cloudy you can very carefully use a blow torch and it should help and turn it into a clear glass.

Cookies decorated with melted candies.

CONSTRUCTION GINGERBREAD FAQ

WHY IS MY COOKIE DOUGH CRUMBLY?

If your cookie dough is crumbly knead in 1tsp water at a time until it comes together.

HOW LONG DOES COOKIE DOUGH LAST IN THE FRIDGE?

It behaves best when used within 3-4 days. Otherwise it tends to lose its elasticity and it dries out.

Gingerbread advent centerpiece on a table.

HOW TO ROLL OUT GINGERBREAD COOKIE DOUGH?

Roll out cookie dough between 2 pieces parchment paper. For even thickness throughout use rolling guides. These can be plastic, silicone or wood rods ( long thick bamboo skewers or even unused paint sticks work, too). Place one rolling guide on each side of the dough. Run a rolling pin on top of the guides with cookie dough between to ensure even cookie thickness. Try to roll out gingerbread dough to the size of your baking sheet. Peel off the parchment, slide the cookie dough onto the baking sheet. Cut out shapes, remove scraps and repeat. Don’t handle unbaked house panels.

CAN I FREEZE IT?

Yes, wrap the dough well in the food wrap and store in a freezer safe bag. Freeze for up to 3 months. Let defrost on the counter or in the fridge before using.

Gingerbread centerpiece with a candle.

HOW SHOULD I STORE BAKED CONSTRUCTION GINGERBREAD?

Store baked and cooled cookies flat in an airtight container. Layered between sheets of parchment.

Gingerbread snowflake cookie wreath hanging on the front door.

CAN I EAT THIS GINGERBREAD HOUSE?

Even though this dough is edible I wouldn’t recommend munching on these. Cookies are rather hard and spicy. For tastier gingerbread for simple houses that doesn’t bake so hard use my Edible Gingerbread Cookie Dough.

Assembled gingerbread house displayed on a black plate.

HOW TO FIGHT HUMIDITY?

 If you live in a humid climate I’m sure you know sugar and humidity don’t agree. What often happens is that baked gingerbread can become soft when exposed to high humidity. It absorbs moisture from the air and because of it baked cookies can become softer.

You can try this trick. Once the cookies are baked lower the oven setting to the lowest temperature. Place the cookies on a baking sheet into the oven and let the cookies dry out well, for 30 minutes and up to an hour.

Before you assemble the house you can also brush inner walls of the gingerbread house with some royal icing to create a humidity barrier.

Lastly you can place a small container with rice inside of the house.

MORE 3D COOKIE DECORATING IDEAS :

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Gingerbread Construction Dough
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
15 mins
 

This is a construction cookie dough for houses and centerpieces. This dough is edible but I don't recommend it for making cookies for eating. Cooled cookies are hard and spicy.

Make 3 medium size gingerbread houses.

Course: Cookies
Cuisine: American, Czech, German, Slovak
Keyword: construction gingerbread, gingerbread house dough, sturdy gingerbread dough
Servings: 3 houses
Hanielas.com: Hani B.
Ingredients
  • 1 cup granulated sugar (200grams)
  • 1 cup margarine (226 grams)
  • 2 room temperature eggs
  • 1 cup molasses (340 grams) Substitutes: corn syrup, honey.
  • 7 cups all purpose flour (980grams)
  • 2 tbsp ground ginger
  • 2 tbsp cinnamon
  • 2 tsp cloves
  • 1 tbsp dark cocoa powder (optional), Use cocoa powder if you are using honey or corn syrup and you'd like the dough to be a bit darker.
Instructions
CONSTRUCTION GINGERBREAD DOUGH
Gingerbread Dough
  1. In a medium bowl whisk together all-purpose flour ( 7 cups, 980grams), ground ginger ( 2 tablespoons), ground cinnamon ( 2 tablespoons), ground cloves (1 teaspoon).

    TIP: If you plan on displaying your gingerbread house for an extended time (a year or so) I suggest using some white pepper (1/2 teaspoon) in addition to all the spices. Spices deter small insects for taking a bite from your beautiful gingerbread house.

  2. Cream margarine (1 cup, 226grams) with granulated sugar (1 cup, 200grams) until mixture is light and fluffy, about 2-3 minutes.

  3. Add eggs (2 whole, large eggs, at room temperature), one egg at a time and beat well. Then gradually beat in molasses (1 cup, 340grams) and beat until smooth, about a minute.

    TIP: You can substitute molasses for corn syrup, either light or dark, or honey. Or use a combination of molasses, and corn syrup or honey.

  4. At low speed, gradually, in 3 additions add flour mixture to the wet mixture.

  5. Turn the dough onto a work surface and knead it for 30 seconds to a minute, until it comes together into a large ball. If the dough appears too crumbly, add 1tsp water.

How To Roll Out Gingerbread Dough
  1. I like to roll my cookie dough between 2 silicone mats or parchment sheets to 1/8 to 1/4 inch thick. I often lightly dust my work surface with flour.

    Once I have all the cookie dough rolled out, I like to chill it for 40 minutes or so.

    TIP: If you are not making house panels right away I recommend you tightly wrap freshly made gingerbread dough into a food wrap and place it into a fridge for up to 3 days. Let it soften a little before rolling it out.

  2. It's best to cut the house pieces on the material you are using to bake them on, so you don't have to pick them up after they are cut.

    When hand-cutting with a knife, I prefer to cut and bake gingerbread pieces on parchment to avoid cutting thru the silicone mat. I slide the parchment with rolled-out cookie dough onto a cutting board and I hand-cut cookies.

Molded Gingerbread
  1. You can use this recipe to make molded gingerbread pieces. Dust texture mats with a little bit of flour before using. For deeper molds, such as skulls, I like to use a non-stick spray and freeze the mold with cookie dough and then unmold.

How to Bake Construction Gingerbread
  1. Bake construction gingerbread at 350F (180C) for 12-15 minutes or longer depends on the size of the cookies. I like to bake house panels until they are golden brown around the edges.

    Larger pieces I often bake for 16-20 minutes.

    While baking, sometimes little bubbles can form on top of the cookies. Using a toothpick, make a pinhole in the cookie, where the bubble appears to be forming, while still hot to deflate the bubble. You can also flatten the cookie with a wide spatula while the cookie is still hot.

  2. When baking small pieces for your gingerbread centerpieces, you need to watch them carefully as they bake, they will be done in less time.

  3. Thicker the cookie more time needed to bake them. I usually bake small pieces on the same baking sheet and large pieces on the another sheet.
  4. Cool the cookies completely before decorating.

Recipe Notes

How many Gingerbread Houses does this recipe make?

  • This is a large batch of gingerbread dough and it makes 3 gingerbread houses.

Can I use Honey in place of Molasses?

  • Yes, you can omit molasses and use just honey.

 I want to half this recipe, will it work?

  • Yes, this recipe can be halved.

Do I have to use ground ginger?

  • You can skip ground ginger and use cinnamon instead if you prefer.

This post was originally published on November 23rd, 2012. I updated this post on November 12th, 2019 with new photos and written text.

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38 Comments

  1. Thank you so much for this recipe. I used it to make a large 2ft tall gingerbread house that had to travel 90km once constructed. It worked wonderfully and held together perfectly. You can see it here.

    1. Hi Haidyn,
      I put them up on a display in my kitchen. Usually I keep them for a year and some for longer. Often they are exposed to a lot of sunlight where I display them by the window, so color tends to fade overtime. I still have Snow White House from Jan,2019 and Star Wars from Dec, 2018. It’s hard to part with them.

    1. Hello Iwona,
      Golden syrup and molasses have similar properties. Yes you can use golden syrup. Flavor and color of gingerbread will be slightly different that the one with molasses.

  2. Hi Hani!
    I have spent many hours making my own templates for a couple of different size gingerbread houses. Now I am ready to make my dough, but I am unsure of how much dough I will need. /can you tell me about how large a house one can make with your recipe? Will it make more than one?

  3. Hi, I am trying to find the name of, and recipe for something made out of gingerbread that they make liquid so you can pipe it. it dries then hardens just like gingerbread but you can use it to make details out of the ginger bread. I have seen it one a few shows but can not remember where.

  4. Hi Hani thank you for your quick response to my essential oil, but I did mean food oil, sorry to confuse. Thank you for this post as I’ve tried other recipes for houses and I found the dough got soft after 2-5 days . Now I will try yours here. I want to cut all my pieces out and then build the houses as I go. My big challenge is how to store the house pieces so they stay structural? I thank you in advance Hani.
    PS sometimes I want to bake, cut and prep up to a week to ten days ahead of construction. Am I off base in my assembly thinking?

    1. Hi Karen,

      to make sure they don’t get soft I’d suggest 1st baking them off as usual. And then continue to dry them out at low temperature in the oven for 30 minutes to an hour. Keep an eye on them. How long do you plan on having it on display. I keep my pieces out for a year, some longer if I can’t part with them LOL. Not sure how large your pieces are but anything over 10 inches I’d definitely keep baking for a bit longer. Store them flat between wax paper/parchment. And into the bin add a little bowl with rice, it helps to absorb moisture from the air. You can also brush a thin layer or royal icing on the inside to make them more structurally sound.

  5. My question is why use spices if one is making the house to look at, not eat? Is it for the yummy smell while baking or will the house smell good while on display?
    Thanks.

    1. I add spices because it smell wonderful when on display. You really don’t need to add the spices. I know they can be costly. I just love the smell so much.

      1. Good morning Hani. I have two questions. If not using the spices will I need to make an adjustment to the others in the recipe? What are your thoughts on adding a few drops of GB scented essential oil, seeing that it will not be eaten? Thank you for your thoughts and input.
        Thank you.

      2. Hi Karen,
        I haven’t tried using essential oils, I’m always concerned what if somebody nibbles on it by accident. Not sure how they react to heat. However concentrated oil flavoring could be an alternative. If not using any spices I’d add extra flour in their place.

  6. Can the dough be frozen? I have several houses to make and was hoping to make the dough beforehand and freeze it then bake them off the night before we decorate.

    1. I personally haven’t tried freezing this dough, but I’d say it should fine. I have frozen other cookie dough with no issues. Since this dough is not really suitable for eating, though edible, it bakes pretty hard I usually make my panels before, even a week before I decorate and it’s fine. You don’t need to wait till last minute to bake it. Hope it helps. Have fun decorating.

  7. Dear Haniela,

    What gingerbread recipe would you recommend for cookies that are to be decorated and then eaten?

    Thank so very much for all the information you put on this blog, youtube and Instagram!

  8. I did the recipie and it came out so crumbly. I used all 7 cups of flour, could that be the reason? How can I save it!

    1. HI Sydney,
      definitely a full house of average size, and you’ll most likely have some left. I generally roll my dough about 1/8 inch thick so I can make more houses and decorations.
      Even with 1/4 inch thickness you should get a full house of regular gingerbread house size. Hope that makes sense.

    1. Hi Michelle,
      you can replace it with molasses and use molasses only. If you omit the 1/2 cup, dough will be super crumbly.
      I’m going to edit the recipe. I should have noted you can use molasses and corn syrup interchangeable. I like molasses but often add corn syrup as it is cheaper.

      1. Thank you so much! This recipe is the closest I’ve been able to come to getting smooth gingerbread! Thank you!

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