Gingerbread House Icing

Gingerbread House Royal Icing

Ikea Hack Gingerbread House, Royal Icing

Ikea Hack Gingerbread House, Royal Icing

 

 

Gingerbread Houses with Royal Icing Recipe for the Cement

A little over a week ago, my family headed over to a friend’s house to decorate gingerbread houses.  Believe it or not, it was my first time decorating a gingerbread house.  I used a kit that we bought at IKEA when we there purchasing Billy Bookcases for our entertainment center IKEA hack.   I wonder…because the gingerbread house was from IKEA, does that make it a Gingerbread house IKEA hack???

When making gingerbread houses, its important to use a really stiff frosting.  I used a basic royal icing recipe and it turned out great!  Royal icing is also what I use to write phrases on cakes or when I want a really stiff decoration.  Although, in my opinon, it doesn’t taste very good.  You wouldn’t want to use it on entire cake.  Buttercream frostings are my favorite tasting frostings for a cake, and I use royal icing for minor details—mostly because of flavor, but also because royal icing dries very hard—making it the perfect cement for your gingerbread houses.

This royal icing was more than plenty to decorate two small houses!   After decorating the houses, one thing I realized was that I should always use a pre-boxed kit.  I don’t think I have the skill level to build one out of regular graham crackers.  The kit made things fairly easy.

IKEA Gingerbread House Kit

IKEA Gingerbread House Kit

As for candy, I found Christmas Candy Corns.  They worked great for the shingles.  My husband draped his roof with frosting in a really neat patter—I didn’t have the skills for that.  His turned out great as well.  Here is a sample of all the candies we used.

Gingerbread House Candy toppings

Gingerbread House Candy toppings

Gingerbread House

Gingerbread House

This  is recipe we used for icing.  It was great, and we had leftovers after completing two houses!  I hope you can make time this holiday season to build a gingerbread house!

Royal Icing

Royal Icing

 

 

 

Gingerbread House Royal Icing

1 ½ Tablespoons Meringue Powder *(you can find this in the cake decorating section at Walmart)

2 cups powdered sugar

2 ½ Tablespoons warm water

Beat for 10 minutes on high speed with whisk attachment.  Frosting should have a glossy appearance similar to meringue.  Use immediately or fill into piping bag, as frosting dries out and hardens quickly.

Gingerbread House

Gingerbread House

 

Dark Chocolate Peppermint Mud Hen Bars

Dark Chocolate Peppermint Mud Hen Bars Recipe

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Dove Dark Chocolate Peppermint Mud Hen Bars Recipe

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dark Chocolate Peppermint Mud Hen Bars Recipe for the Christmas Holidays

So what does a Mud Hen Bar taste like?  It’s like taking a gooey-yummy roasted marshmallow and puting it between two soft and chewy, chocolate chip cookies.  Now imagine for a moment, taking dark chocolate Dove peppermint candies and using them instead of chocolate chips…HEAVEN!

These bars are a great dessert to add to your holiday cookie platter.  They are easier to make than your traditional chocolate chip cookie because you cook them in a casserole dish and cut them in to bars–you get to avoid all that scooping and baking in individual batches.

I took these over to a friends house last night, and they requested the recipe, so I decided I would do it as a post.  Hope you enjoy my version of Mud Hen Bars this Holiday Season!

Dark Chocolate Peppermint Mud Hen Bars Recipe

1/2 Cup Butter, softened
1 cup sugar
1 Whole Egg
2 Egg Yolks
1/4 teaspoon Vanilla
1/4 teaspoon almond extract
1-1/2 cup all purpose flour
1 teaspoon Baking Powder
10 Large Marshmallows, cut into bite size pieces
10 Dark Chocolate Peppermint Dove Candies, chopped into pieces
2 Egg Whites
3/4 cup brown sugar

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creamed sugar, butter, eggs

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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vanilla extract and almond extract

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1. Add first 6 ingredients to mixing bowl, cream for 3-4 minutes until the mixture is light and fluffy.

2. Add flour and baking powder to creamed butter mixture. Mix until blended.

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Dough

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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dough spread in greased pan

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

3. Remove dough from mixer, and spread evenly in a greased 9×13 casserole dish.

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Dove Chocolates

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Dove chocolates and marshmallows

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Chopped Dove Peppermint Chocolates

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

4. Top dough with chopped chocolate candies and chopped marshmallows.

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Eggs whites forming stiff peaks

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meringue mixed with brown sugar

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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meringue spread on top

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

5. In a mixer, beat egg whites until stiff peaks form. (Like a meringue). Gently fold in brown sugar until evenly incorporated. Spread meringue mixture evenly across top of candies and marshmallows.

6. Bake at 325 degrees for 35-42 minutes until center of dough is baked through, and no longer runny.

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Dove Dark Chocolate Peppermint Mud Hen Bars Recipe

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dark Chocolate Peppermint Mud Hen Bars Recipe

1/2 Cup Butter, softened
1 cup sugar
1 Whole Egg
2 Egg Yolks
1/4 teaspoon Vanilla
1/4 teaspoon almond extract
1-1/2 cup all purpose flour
1 teaspoon Baking Powder
10 Large Marshmallows, cut into bite size pieces
10 Dark Chocolate Peppermint Dove Candies, chopped into pieces
2 Egg Whites
3/4 cup brown sugar

1. Add first 6 ingredients to mixing bowl, cream for 3-4 minutes until the mixture is light and fluffy.

2. Add flour and baking powder to creamed butter mixture. Mix until blended.

3. Remove dough from mixer, and spread evenly in a greased 9×13 casserole dish.

4. Top dough with chopped chocolate candies and marshmallows.

5. In a mixer, beat egg whites until stiff peaks form. (Like a meringue). Gently fold in brown sugar until evenly incorporated. Spread meringue mixture evenly across top of candies and marshmallows.

6. Bake at 325 degrees for 35-42 minutes until center of dough is baked through, and no longer runny.