Make holiday memories creating a delightful gingerbread village to decorate, display and enjoy! This deluxe 34-piece set has all the tools needed to bake your own gingerbread cookies in shapes that create a complete holiday village of sweets!

 

INGREDIENTS

6 cups all-purpose flour (plus additional, for dusting work surface)

1/2 teaspoon baking powder

3 teaspoons ground ginger

4 teaspoons ground cinnamon

1/2 teaspoon ground allspice

1/2 teaspoon salt

3/4 cup unsalted butter, softened

1 1/2 cups light brown sugar, firmly packed

2 large eggs

1 cup dark molasses

1 tablespoon water

 

Royal Icing (see recipe, included) 

Assorted candies, gumdrops, colored sugars, for decorating

 

TOOLS

Handstand Kitchen® Winter Wonderland Make Your Own Gingerbread Village

  • Cookie cutters

Baking sheet

Parchment paper

Measuring cups and spoons

Large mixing bowls

Whisk

Mixing spoon

Electric stand or hand mixer

Rolling pin

Parchment paper

Plastic wrap

Oven mitt

Cooling rack

 

INSTRUCTIONS

  • In a large mixing bowl, whisk together 6 cups flour, baking powder, ginger, cinnamon, allspice and salt. Set aside.
  • In second large bowl with electric stand or hand mixer on medium, combine butter and brown sugar, beating until fluffy.
  • Beat in the eggs, one at a time; add molasses, and water, mixing until combined.
  • With mixer on low, slowly add dry ingredients into the wet ingredients until thoroughly combined.
  • Knead the dough a few times.
  • Wrap dough in plastic wrap and refrigerate until well chilled. 
  • Position oven rack in middle of oven. Preheat oven to 350°F. Line baking sheet with parchment paper; set aside.
  • Remove 1/2 of dough from refrigerator; allow to sit at room temperature for 10 minutes before using.
  • Dust workspace and rolling pin with flour.
  • Roll out first half of chilled dough to 1/4 inch thick.
  • Dip cookie cutters in flour and cut out shapes. Place 2 inches apart on parchment lined baking sheet. 
  • Bake 8 to 12 minutes, until edges begin to brown.
  • Using oven mitt, remove from oven and allow to cool on baking sheet for 5 minutes before transferring cookies to cooling rack.
  • Repeat with second half of dough.
  • Once cookies are cooled completely, you’re ready to stencil, assemble and decorate your village pieces! 

 

Stencil and then assemble the village components using Royal Icing (see recipe, included). Find helpful tips under Assembling the Gingerbread Village (see instructions, included.) Decorate the village pieces with assorted candies, gumdrops, colored sprinkles and sugars. Get creative and arrange the village in a festive way!

 

 

 

Royal Icing

 

Make immediately before stenciling and building gingerbread village houses. Work quickly, as icing begins to set in just a few minutes. While working on the village, place frosting bag into a resealable bag when not in active use.

 

 

INGREDIENTS

3 tablespoons meringue powder

1 lb. box confectioners’ sugar

6 tablespoons water 

1 tablespoon clear vanilla extract 

 

TOOLS 

Handstand Kitchen® Winter Wonderland Make Your Own Gingerbread Village

  • Frosting bags, couplers and tips
  • Frosting scraper

Large mixing bowl

Electric stand or hand mixer   

Measuring cups

Measuring spoons

Spatula

                                        

INSTRUCTIONS

  • Using electric mixer, beat all ingredients in mixing bowl for 8 to 11 minutes on medium speed until icing is firm. To adjust consistency, add more water, 1/2 teaspoon at a time.
  • To stencil: place some of the icing into a flat shallow bowl to use for stenciling gingerbread sides and roof cookie pieces (see STENCIL SIDE AND ROOF PIECES, instructions, included).
  • When ready to assemble stenciled house pieces, fill frosting bag:
  • Place coupler onto the tip of the frosting bag. Cut the tip of frosting bag with scissors to fit coupler, allowing room to push a small part of the coupler through the frosting bag.
  • Place frosting tip over the coupler extending from the bag.
  • Place ring over the decorating tip and twist into place.
  • Spoon Royal Icing into bag. Do not overfill the bag. 
  • Gently squeeze icing towards the tip of the bag.
  • Twist the top of the bag toward the icing.
  • Close hand around the bag and squeeze onto cookies. 
  • The Royal Icing will act as “glue” to attach the walls and roof pieces of the gingerbread village pieces together.

 

Follow ASSEMBLING THE GINGERBREAD VILLAGE (see instructions, included).

 

 

HOLIDAY HINT: For additional decorating using colored icing, make another batch of Royal Icing, and divide into small bowls, depending on how many colors are being used. Add one drop of food coloring at a time to each bowl. mixing until desired colors are achieved. Use to decorate the village by putting icing into a frosting bag or using a spatula. Allow decorated cookies to set before handling.

 

 

 

ASSEMBLING THE GINGERBREAD VILLAGE

 

GATHER BAKED COOKIES AND PREPARE VILLAGE BASE

Gather the fully cooled Festive Gingerbread (see recipe, included) cookie shapes needed for the houses being built. Inspect the cookie panels for evenness. If needed, use a plastic ruler and sharp knife to trim bottom and inside edges so they will align when fitted together. 

 

Plan a base for the village. Using a white base, such as a white tray, or a flat sturdy piece of cardboard covered with white wrapping paper, will give the illusion of snow. Also try using a cutting board or baking sheet turned upside down.

 

PREPARE ROYAL ICING

When ready to begin, prepare Royal Icing (see recipe, included).

 

Find a work surface that can hold the gingerbread structures as they are assembled, and where they can completely set.

 

STENCIL SIDE AND ROOF PIECES

Gather baked cooled cookie pieces, stencils, scraper and a wide shallow bowl filled with some Royal Icing. Working quickly, lay a side or roof cookie piece on a flat surface and place the desired stencil onto the cookie, centering it and holding it firmly in place with one hand. With the other hand, use scraper to scrape up some Royal icing from the bowl and “paint” it in strokes over the stencil, sweeping the icing across until all cut out parts of stencil are evenly white over the top of the cookie piece. Carefully lift off the stencil to reveal the design! Allow stenciled cookie pieces to remain undisturbed for about an hour before assembling the houses.

 

START BUILDING!

Work on one village structure at a time.  There are cottage, townhouse and chalet houses. 

 

(JANELLE: can the graphic team label these houses with those names and add the letters?)

 

 

 

 

Townhouse: use two of “A” for front/back of house; use two of “B”, turned so that short side points towards roof, for sides; use two of “C”, turned so that long sides pointing front to back of house, for roof panels.

 

Cottage: use two of “D” for front/back of house; use two of “E”, turned so that short sides point toward roof, for sides; use two of “C”, turned so that long sides point front to back of house, for roof panels.

 

Chalet: use two of “F” for front/back of house; use two of “G”, turned so that long sides point toward roof, for sides; use two of “C”, turned so that long sides point front to back of house, for roof panels.

 

START WITH THE WALLS: Hold one gingerbread cookie side wall piece upright and pipe a thick line of Royal Icing on one side. Place a second side wall piece against the iced edge, holding the two together for about two minutes, until the icing sets. Repeat with the two remaining side wall pieces, until all four walls come together. Allow structure to set for 30 to 60 minutes before adding the roof. Repeat process to assemble side walls for the remaining the village structures.

 

ADD THE ROOF: Gather gingerbread cookie shape roof pieces needed for the structure you are working on. Pipe a thick line of Royal Icing along the four top edges of the house sides. Take one of the roof pieces and press it against the iced edges, holding for about two minutes until it sets. Repeat to add the other roof side. Fill in some icing to the connecting area where the roof pieces meet. Allow each completed structure with roof to set for 30 to 60 moving and arranging village buildings. Repeat process to add roofs to remaining village structures.

 

DECORATE AND ARRANGE THE VILLAGE

Arrange the village: Once village structures are finished and set… get creative and arrange the village in a festive way! 

 

Brighten with color: Use additional Royal Icing as “glue” to place a variety of assorted colored candies, gumdrops, colored sprinkles and sugars onto and around the houses to bring a burst of color to the village!

 

Add “landscaping” …turn mini sugar ice cream cones upside down and “glue” them in place with a little Royal Icing. Or add some mini Christmas trees for greenery. 

 

Let it “snow” …spread some additional Royal Icing to act as “glue” and then sprinkle village with large white decorating sugar crystals for an icy effect! Or tap powdered sugar through a strainer or sprinkle shredded coconut over the village for a snowy look. Try using tiny white shimmer candy balls or white gumballs as snowballs or sugar cubes as ice blocks.

 

Light the way for Santa …use twinkling holiday lights with white wire to make your village sparkle! 

 

Find other holiday baking items that can add décor to the village in the Handstand Kitchen® Winter Wonderland collection by visiting www.handstandkitchen.com

 

 

October 17, 2022 — Handstand Kitchen