Grain Free Gingerbread house with Royal Icing (Gluten/ Grain/ Egg & Dairy Free)
If you are looking for a healthier option to make a gingerbread house this recipe is for you! Its gluten/grain/egg and dairy free and holds up nicely when it comes time to build! This recipe makes one small house- so if you have a larger creation in mind I suggest doubling or tripling the dough. There are a number of online stencils you can print out or even kits you can guy.
This gingerbread kit comes with stencils and tin cutters! It makes it easy to turn your grain free cookies into a house without having to measure a thing!
I like this kit too! It just has cookie cutters that make cookies into the right size and shape to piece them together into a house!
You'‘ll notice too I used only healthier ingredients to decorate my house- so if buying loads of candy isn’t your thing you can work around that too. Freeze dried fruits, shredded coconut, chocolate chips and natural colored sprinkles all can look cute (I like this brand of sprinkles)!
Yield: One Small House.
· 2 1/4 Packed Cups Blanched Almond Flour
· 1/2 Cup Powdered Palm Sugar
· 1 1/4 tsp Baking Powder
· 2 1/4 tsp Ground Ginger
· 1 1/4 tsp Cinnamon
· 1/2 tsp Nutmeg
· 1/4 tsp Salt
· 1 Tablespoon Vanilla Extract
· 1 1/2 Tablespoon Molasses
· 2 Tablespoon Water
· 5 Tablespoon Starch (Tapioca, Arrowroot or Potato)
1. Preheat Oven to 325 degrees.
2. In a stand mixer combine all ingredients and mix until it forms a thick dough.
3. Roll out dough thin between two sheets of parchment and cut into the pattern of your choice.
4. Place on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper.
5. Put in the oven and cook for 10 minutes.
There are tons of Gingerbread House Printouts available online! I drew my own simple pattern on a sheet of graph paper. I then placed a sheet of parchment paper over my drawing on the graph paper and traced the shapes onto the parchment. I cut the parchment into the shapes. And finally I placed the cut out shapes of parchment paper and used them as my guide to cut the dough. The parchment will stick really nicely to the dough, and then you just use a knife to trace around it to get your cookie shape!
Dairy & Egg Free Royal Icing
· 2 1/4 Cup of Powdered Sugar.
· 1 Tsp. Vanilla Extract (optional. You can also use Peppermint Extract, Almond or Lemon Juice!)
· 1/8-1/4 Tsp. Xanthan or Guar Gum
· 1/2 TBSP of starch (Tapioca, Arrowroot or Potato)
· Pinch of Salt
· 1/4-1/3 cup of water (or more)
1. Mix all the ingredients together using a blender or hand mixer. The frosting will be thick and gluey! If using to make a gingerbread house, frost and put together in sections and then put the house in your fridge or freezer briefly to allow the royal icing to get firm. Once its firm, your house will hold together like a dream!
The xanthan/ guar gum are the glue to this recipe! Start with the 1/8 tsp and work your way up to the 1/4 tsp. depending on how sticky you want the frosting.
The amount of water you use can be flexible. Add more or less depending how thick you want the frosting!
If you aren't a fan of using white powdered sugar, you have other options! If you are looking to make a sugar free frosting use some powdered xyiltol or Erythritol instead. ( The Brand Swerve sells it). OR You can make your own by placing a few cups of the granulated sugar of your choice into a high powdered blender and process until it becomes light and powdery! This will work with literally ANY granulated sugar variety.