When constructing gingerbread houses, it’s very important that the gingerbread you use be nice and sturdy. I’ve been using the same recipe for years. It’s the White House Gingerbread Recipe and it’s amazing!
White House Gingerbread Recipe:
2 cups granulated sugar
1 cup & 2 tablespoons brown sugar
1 cup shortening
3 tablespoons molasses
1 1/2 teaspoons salt
2 teaspoons baking soda
1 tablespoon ginger
1 tablespoon cinnamon
6 cups flour
Combine the shortening and sugars with your stand mixer. Add eggs, one at a time, and beat until fluffy. Add the molasses, salt, baking soda, ginger, and cinnamon. Mix completely. Add the flour one cup at a time. The dough should be stiff, but not crumbling. If it starts to crumble, you can stop adding flour.
Roll out the gingerbread and cut your pieces out on parchment paper. Then just place a cookie sheet under it and bake for 10-14 minutes at 375 degrees. Bigger pieces take a little longer to bake than smaller ones. So I like to group them together by size to avoid burning.
Once the edges turn a slightly darker brown, remove them from the oven and allow them to cool!
Then trim, cool, build, and decorate!