1 Recipe basic Gingerbread
-Dough, chilled in 1 round
1 Recipe Royal Icing
1 Roll candy wafers; such as
Square shaped jelly candies;
-in assorted colors
M&Ms plain chocolate candy
Golden grahams cereal
Fruit loops cereal
Sugar wafer cookies
Tint the royal icing red, yellow, blue and green and leave some white also.
Heat oven to 350 degrees. Roll dough into a 15 x 10 rectangle between 2
sheets of waxed paper. Place on baking sheet or tray and chill in freezer,
about 10 minutes to firm slightly. Remove top sheet of paper; trim bottom
sheet or waxed paper to form 1/2″ border. Slide dough, waxed paper side
down, onto a jelly roll pan.
Bake 12 to 15 minutes, or until firm when pressed with fingertip. Cool 5
minutes and invert onto large wire rack. Peel off waxed paper and cool
completely. Transfer to large cutting board and cut gingerbread into
quarters. Cut gingerbread to make the different building shapes.
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To decorate: Transfer tinted icings to pastry bags fitted with writing tips
(#3) or quart sized plastic food storage bags (snip off one tiny corner off
each bag after filling with icing.) Decorate gingerbread with icing,
candies, sprinkles, cereal, cookies and nuts, using the photograph as a
guide or create your own designs.
Stand the gingerbread buildings upright by propping them from behind with a
stack of 3 wafer cookies glued to the back. Royal icing serves as both a
decoration and as a “glue.”