Decorating gingerbread houses is a sweet holiday tradition for many families. But if you’ve ever tried to make them from scratch, or stood over a pile of cookie pieces, trying to coax them into standing up with a sticky bag of royal icing, you’ll know what we mean when we say gingerbread housing can be a real pain.
Well, it’s time to toss those graham crackers! And forget grandma’s finicky homemade gingerbread recipe. You know the one we’re talking about–that so-thick-it’s-impossible-to stir, requires-hours-of-chilling-time, spreads-out-when-it’s-cooking-so-you-can’t-even-cut-out-a-decent-gingerbread-house-anyway dough–and whip up a quick batch of our easy Ginger Shortbread, instead.
Made with dark brown sugar and easy-to-find spices, you’ll enjoy all of that soft, butter gingerbread cookie flavor, without any of the muss or fuss.
Press it all into our Sweet Creations Giant Gingerbread Mold to create a ready-to-decorate gingerbread house in no time at all.
You’ll have a gorgeous looking treat that kids and grown-ups alike will love to personalize.
Perhaps the best part of these giant ginger shortbread houses is you don’t have to rely on royal icing for the decor. Tint several batches of Our Favorite Vanilla Buttercream and decorate with our Sweet Creations 12-Piece Decorating Kit, which comes with 8 disposable icing bags, so you can make all sorts of gorgeous colors for piping.
Grab the recipe below, and when you’re finished decorating these delicious Ginger Shortbread Houses, shoot a picture and upload it to Instagram with the hashtag #sweetcreations. We’d love to see how these cute cookie houses worked for you!
Quick and simple shortbread made with brown sugar and aromatic spices. A delicious holiday cookie!
- Prep Time: 10
- Cook Time: 20
- Total Time: 30 minutes
- Yield: 8
- 1 egg
- 3/4 cup butter, softened
- 3/4 cup dark brown sugar
- 2 1/3 cups flour
- 1 Tbsp ginger
- 1 Tbsp cinnamon
- 1Tbsp vanilla
- nonstick baking spray
In a large bowl or stand mixer, combine eggs, butter, dark brown sugar, flour, ginger, cinnamon and vanilla together until smooth. Press into a well-greased Sweet Creations Giant Gingerbread Mold. Bake at 375°F for 21-27 minutes, or until the center of the cookie is set and the edges turn golden brown. Remove and cool slightly before inverting on a cooling sheet. Cool completely before frosting.
- Serving Size: 2