When we decided to host a gingerbread house making party for D's 7th birthday, I had no inkling how much fun it would be...or how much prep would be involved. Maybe if I weren't "baking wounded" as my friend Christina put it. Rolling out batch after batch after batch of gingerbread house pieces with a broken rib was more than a little painful, especially considering that most of the kids completely covered the house in frosting and candies. So we could have made the structure out of cardboard! But the scent of baking gingerbread says Christmas to me, so it was all worth it.
The basic dough...
- 1 cup butter
- 1 cup organic dark brown sugar
- 2 eggs
- 2/3 cup organic unsulphured molasses
- 6 cup white whole wheat flour
- 1 cup chestnut flour
- 2 Tablespoons baking powder
- 1 Tablespoon ground ginger
Get creative with your decorations. Here are some of ours from the party...