This Vegan Gingerbread House Box is easy to make and is a great holiday baking project for you and your family. You can cut it into any shape you want, allowing you to let your imagination come wild.
For a while, my parents and I did not eat at a dining table, rather on our kitchen floor. My mom would lay newspaper down as our “table cloth” and put any dishes she made that night on it. It wasn’t until years later when I was in 5th or 6th grade that we started to eat at a table. Even so, it was not a big table, rather it was about the size of a coffee table.
After every holiday especially Christmas, my mom and I would wait for all the sales to happen, especially CVS, which was just right around the corner from where we lived. Besides toys and candy, we would get a couple gingerbread house kits so that my siblings and I can play with the as a late holiday project.
At first, I did not like making gingerbread houses, finding them very messy and sticky with the icing and also the cookies were just too crunchy for me but I love the time my siblings and I stay huddle over our small table each competing with one another to see who will make the prettiest gingerbread house. We never really declare a winner, just enjoying the time with each other and also the process of putting the house together.
When we were done, there would be 2-3 houses laying around our house because none of us could finish eating them. We just like it there as a part of the holiday season. Now that I can bake, there are no more overly baked gingerbread cookies, rather soft and fluffy ones. The icing is smooth and not difficult to squeeze out using a piping bag.
With the start of December, I am ready for all the holiday decorations and of course, making gingerbread houses. This year, I decided to do something a little different and made a shadow box instead. There are 3 layers total and I baked them off separately based on whatever design I had in mind. I made some christmas trees in the background with a house and on top, I had gingerbread men and a snowman. I used white computer paper to cut out the shape and design then use that as a template for the dough when I am ready.
If you don’t want to go through the whole process, you can also use a cookie cutter to cut out the pieces and have them as regular gingerbread cookies instead. This is really a fun and creative recipe for you. So let your imagination run wild and enjoy the holiday festivities!
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This Vegan Gingerbread House is easy to make and is a great holiday baking project for you and your family. You can cut it into any shape you want, allowing you to let your imagination come wild.
-5 cups (620g) all-purpose flour
-½ cup (130g) maple syrup
-2 ½ tbsp molasses
-½ cup (100g) organic cane sugar
-½ cup unsweetened, plant-based milk of choice
-½ cup + 2 tbsp (145g or 1 stick + 2tbsp) unsalted, vegan butter, room temperature
-1 tbsp ground ginger
-1 tbsp ground cinnamon
-1 tsp ground nutmeg
-1 tsp baking powder
-½ tsp baking soda
-Pinch of salt
-⅓ cup aquafaba (water from canned chickpeas)
-2 ½ cup organic powdered sugar
-1-2 tbsp unsweetened, plant-based milk of choice
- Make the gingerbread cookies. Add the flour, sugar, ground ginger, ground cinnamon, ground nutmeg, baking powder, baking soda and salt to a bowl. Combine well.
- In a separate bowl, add the maple syrup, molasses, and milk together. Mix well.
- Beat the butter until fluffy, then add in the wet ingredients. Mix again. Slowly add in the flour mixture and mix until a dough forms. If you find that the dough is too sticky, add ½ tbsp of flour and mix (or knead) until the dough is smooth. Divide the dough into thirds and wrap in plastic wrap. Let it chill in the fridge for at least 1 hour.
- Preheat the oven to 350F. Line a couple cookie sheets with parchment paper.
- When the dough is ready, dust a clean surface with flour. Roll out one of the dough until it is thin and smooth, (about 2-3mm). Use whatever template or cookie cutter you want and cut out the shape. I had three layers for this cookie box. The first layer was just blank so I cut out a square shape. The 2nd layer was the one with the trees and house. The third layer was the snowman and gingerbread men. If you are making the layers, roll out the other dough one at a time. Place the pieces onto the baking sheet.
- Bake for 8-10 or until the cookies are lightly golden. Remove from the oven and allow it to cool completely before icing.
- To make the icing, beat the aquafaba in a bowl until it forms peaks and does not fall if you flip the bowl over. Then, add in the sugar ½ cup at a time and beat it in again. If you find the icing too thick, add 1 tbsp of milk in to thin it out. Scoop the icing into a piping bag. If you are making the layers, pipe the outer edges of the blank piece and layer the second piece with the trees and the house on top followed by the snowman and gingerbread man layer. Ice the tree, house gingerbread men and snowman to your liking. If you are just making cookies, decorate however you want. Enjoy!
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