Gingerbread houses are some of the first signs that Christmas is approaching, and a DIY building kit makes a tasty and creative gift for any child (or child at heart).
light corn syrup
dark brown sugar
- In a large bowl, combine the first 5 ingredients. In a medium pot over medium heat, combine corn syrup, brown sugar, and vegetable shortening. Stir until sugar dissolves and shortening melts. Pour the sugar-shortening mixture into the dry-ingredients mixture and, using a wooden spoon, stir until dough forms. Let rest until cool enough to handle, about 20 minutes.
- Divide dough into 4 equal pieces. Place each piece of dough between 2 sheets of parchment and roll until 1/4 inch thick. Transfer to a baking sheet, cover tightly with plastic wrap, and refrigerate for about 3 hours.
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Meanwhile, line 3 baking sheets with parchment and set aside. Remove dough from refrigerator and unwrap. Using our templates (at countryliving.com/gingerbread) and a pizza cutter, cut out 2 side, 2 front/back, and 2 roof pieces from the dough. Transfer pieces to prepared baking sheets and refrigerate for 15 minutes. Remove from refrigerator and bake until firm, 30 minutes, rotating sheets halfway through. Transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.
- For icing mix: In a medium bowl, stir confectioners’ sugar and meringue powder to combine.