How to make your own gingerbread house

7 to 8 cups unsifted flour

2 Tbsp + 2 tsp ground ginger

1 Tbsp + 1 tsp ground cinnamon

2 tsp each of ground cloves and nutmeg

1 1/2 tsp each of baking soda and salt

2 1/2 cups sugar

1 1/2 cups unsalted butter, softened

1 1/2 cups molasses

1/2 cup water

Gather the ingredients listed and on day one begin by beating sugar and butter in a large bowl with an electric mixer until light. Then beat in the molasses and water to a lumpy consistency. Then add spices, baking soda and salt. Add flour, working into mixture one cup at a time. Break the mixture up into three to four balls and wrap them each in plastic wrap and chill overnight.

At this point create your special icing, or the glue, by beating together 3 large eggs, 1 lb. Confectioner’s sugar, 1 tsp. cream of tartar and 1 tsp. vanilla extract with an electric mixer on medium speed. Once mixed beat on high speed for three minutes. Cover the bowl tightly with a damp cloth or plastic wrap directly on the surface to prevent icing from drying or forming a crust.

On day two preheat your oven to 350 degrees. Roll out the dough 1/4 inch thick. Using patterns and a crafting knife cut out shape sizes you’d like to use. Bake sections 15 minutes or until firm to the touch. Wait one more day if you can, or at least until the gingerbread is cooled, and begin to build your house using your frosting as glue and whatever else you can come up with to make your house your own and enjoy!