For this week’s #DisneyWeekend assignment, we’re asking your family to imagine your best Disney-inspired gingerbread house. In the spirit of the season, we built our own winter wonderland inspired by Alice! Be sure to share your masterpiece by tagging @DisneyFamily on Instagram and using the hashtag, #DisneyWeekend.
Keep reading to find the recipe for your own gingerbread house:
What You’ll Need:
2 sticks of butter at room temperature
1 cup brown sugar
2 tablespoon cinnamon
1 table spoon ground ginger, ground cloves, and nutmeg
2 teaspoon baking soda
4 cups of flour
4 tablespoon water
Red chocolate candies
Mini candy canes
Pink jelly beans
How to Make It:
1. Start by blending butter, brown sugar and molasses together until smooth.
2. Add spices and baking soda.
3. Add one cup of flour at a time, mixing completely in between. Add a tablespoon of water after the first two cups of flour, then another after the last two cups. The dough should be stiff, but not crumbling. Chill dough in fridge for about 30 minutes.
4. Pre-heat oven to 375. Remove the dough from the fridge and divide into two. Roll out the first half of dough to about 1/4 thick. Kneed dough with hands as needed to soften it up. Begin cutting out the pieces to your gingerbread house.
To create this Alice in Wonderland design, you’ll need 21 pieces total including:
- The base of the house (front, sides, back, and top, 5 total)
- Top of the house (front, sides, back, and roof, 6 total)
- Shutters (2)
- Roof window (2)
- Chimney (1)
- Alice (face, legs, arms, (5 total)
- As many trees or flowers as you’d like!
Make sure all pieces are perfectly flat when baking. Bake larger pieces (house walls) for 11 minutes, and smaller pieces (Alice, shutter, chimney, trees) for 8 minutes.
After all the pieces are baked, allow them to cool perfectly flat for at least 10 minutes. During this time you can prep your icing!
3 and 1/2 cups powdered sugar
2 egg whites
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
Instructions: Add one egg white to 1 cup of powdered sugar and mix completely. Next add a second cup of powdered sugar, a second egg white, then another cup of sugar. Mix as you add each ingredient. Add more sugar as needed. Consistency should be pretty thick, but smooth. Place icing into two sandwich sized zip locked bags and chill.
To Assemble the Gingerbread House:
1. Start by icing together the base of the house. You can use mugs or glasses to keep the pieces in place while the icing dries.
2. Using the icing (and specialty black icing) create Alice’s face onto the square piece of gingerbread. Set aside for icing to set.
3. Add the front, sides and back of the top of the house, secure with icing, and use glasses to keep the pieces from sliding off while it dries.
4. Add the shutters. These pieces are small enough that they shouldn’t fall down while drying. Hold in place if necessary. Make sure to add Alice’s face inside the window before adding the roof.
5. Once these pieces have set completely, add the roof. This can be tricky, so use glasses to keep it in place. Using two small triangles, create the roof window. Before attaching the chimney, create a brick design with icing.
6. Line Alice’s arms with icing, then attach. These can also be tricky, so be patient! You may need to hold them in place. You can use two large wooden spoons crossed together to keep them on the roof without sliding. Once the icing is set, it is pretty strong, but it does take time to set.
7. Next, add Alice’s bloomers and tights using the icing. Let it dry, then slide them into each of the openings on the front and side of the house. Using a butter knife, spread icing across the roof and sprinkle generously with shredded coconut.
8. Attach candy canes, and colored candies as you’d like. Get creative with the icing too! Happy holidays!