Beautiful Gingerbread House Stained Glass Windows

Beautiful Gingerbread House Stained Glass Windows

If you are looking to up your gingerbread house game, you will love this easy hack for beautiful gingerbread house stained glass windows. By using your favorite hard candies, you can replicate the look of stained glass. It is completely edible and looks stunning.

Though making a gingerbread house can be tricky, creating stained glass windows is actually quite easy. In only a few simple steps, you can transform your baked gingerbread house into a masterpiece. This is a great activity with your family, as everyone can enjoy creating the gingerbread house.

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What You Will Need

Ingredients

  • 5 1/2 – 6 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 2 teaspoons ground ginger
  • 1 cup solid vegetable shortening
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 1/4 cups molasses
  • Hard candies (such as jolly ranchers)

Equipment

  • Large mixing bowl
  • Medium saucepan
  • Whisk
  • Rolling pin
  • Cookie Sheets
  • Parchment paper
  • Pizza cutter or cookie cutters

(Set of 10) Gingerbread House Cookie Cutter Set

Step by Step Instructions

Step One: Preheat the Oven and Prepare Your Cookie Trays

Preheat your oven to 375 degrees Farenheit. Line your cookie trays with parchment paper, or if you prefer, use silicone baking mats.

Step Two: Mix Together Flour, Baking Soda, Salt, and Spices

In a large mixing bowl, whisk together the flour, baking soda, salt, ginger, cinnamon, nutmeg, and cloves.

Step Three: Melt Shortening

In a medium saucepan, heat the shortening until fully melted. Allow the shortening to cool slightly once melted.

Step Four: Add Sugar, Eggs, and Molasses

Add the eggs, sugar, and molasses to the saucepan with the melted shortening. Mix the ingredients together while they are still in the saucepan.

Add Sugar, Eggs, and Molasses

Step Five: Combine Wet and Dry Ingredients

Add four cups of your dry ingredients into the wet ingredients.

Step Six: Turn Ingredients Out On Work Surface

On a lightly floured work surface, turn out your gingerbread dough. Knead in the remaining dry ingredients, adding more flour if needed to create a firm dough

Step Seven: Roll Out the Gingerbread Dough

Using a rolling pin, roll out the dough till it is 1/4-1/8 inch in thickness. Use a pizza cutter or cookie cutters to cut out the shape of your gingerbread house.

Step Eight: Crush Hard Candies

Use your rolling pins to crush the jolly ranchers or your hard candy of choice. To make it easier, you can place each color in a separate bag and crush them from there.

Step Nine: Bake Cookies

Add your gingerbread to the baking sheets lined with parchment paper. Bake small cookies for 6-10 minutes and large cookies for 10-15 minutes. Bake the cookies you are going to add stained glass windows to for five minutes less.

Step Ten: Add Hard Candies

When the cookies with window cutouts have five minutes left, pull them out of the oven. Add a few different colors of the crushed candy to the gingerbread windows of your house.

Step Eleven: Return Cookies to Oven

After adding the crushed hard candies, return the gingerbread dough to the oven. Bake the cookies for another five minutes, allowing the hard candies to melt. Allow the cookies to cool on the pans for at least 10 minutes before transferring to the wire rack.

Step Twelve: Assemble Your Gingerbread House

Once your gingerbread cookies have cooled completely, you can assemble your gingerbread house using icing. After assembly, you can proceed to decorate it however you’d like.

Servings and Preparation Time

Servings and Preparation Time - Gingerbread House

Tips and Tricks

Your homemade gingerbread house can be kept on display for about two to four weeks. For best results, cover your gingerbread house at night with plastic wrap to help keep it fresh. It is best to keep it in a cool, dry area away from direct sunlight or a heat source.

In addition to jolly ranchers, you can also use hard light savers or even butterscotch candies to make your stained glass windows. For the most vibrant color, jolly ranchers are the way to go.

Instead of using hard candies, you can also use melted sugar as well for the gingerbread house windows. Simply add one cup of sugar to a small saucepan over medium heat until melted. You can also add 1/2 cup of light corn syrup to the sugar and melt in the microwave instead of the stovetop.

Tips and Tricks - Gingerbread House

Once fully melted, add your choice of food coloring and pour into the windows of the baked gingerbread house. You can separate the melted candy into different bowls to add different colors. Let the melted sugar fully dry in the windows before assembling the house.

To help ensure your house will come together, print off some templates online. This will allow you to easily cut out your house by laying down the templates on the dough and using a pizza cutter to cut them out.

For easy cleanup, it is recommended to use parchment paper when making a gingerbread house with stained glass windows. This will prevent any candy from sticking to your baking tray.

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Beautiful Gingerbread House Stained Glass Windows

If you are looking to up your gingerbread house game, you will love this easy hack for beautiful gingerbread house stained glass windows. By using your favorite hard candies, you can replicate the look of stained glass. It is completely edible and looks stunning.
Prep Time30 mins
Cook Time15 mins
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Beautiful Gingerbread House Stained Glass Windows
Author: cakedecorist.com

Equipment

  • Large mixing bowl
  • Medium saucepan
  • Rolling Pin
  • Cookie sheets
  • Parchment paper
  • Pizza cutter or cookie cutters

Ingredients
  

  • 5 1/2 - 6 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 2 teaspoons ground ginger
  • 1 cup solid vegetable shortening
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 1/4 cups molasses
  • Hard candies such as jolly ranchers

Instructions

  • Preheat the Oven and Prepare Your Cookie Trays - Preheat your oven to 375 degrees Farenheit. Line your cookie trays with parchment paper, or if you prefer, use silicone baking mats.
  • Mix Together Flour, Baking Soda, Salt, and Spices - In a large mixing bowl, whisk together the flour, baking soda, salt, ginger, cinnamon, nutmeg, and cloves.
  • Melt Shortening - In a medium saucepan, heat the shortening until fully melted. Allow the shortening to cool slightly once melted.
  • Add Sugar, Eggs, and Molasses - Add the eggs, sugar, and molasses to the saucepan with the melted shortening. Mix the ingredients together while they are still in the saucepan.
  • Combine Wet and Dry Ingredients - Add four cups of your dry ingredients into the wet ingredients.
  • Turn Ingredients Out On Work Surface - On a lightly floured work surface, turn out your gingerbread dough. Knead in the remaining dry ingredients, adding more flour if needed to create a firm dough
  • Roll Out the Gingerbread Dough - Using a rolling pin, roll out the dough till it is 1/4-1/8 inch in thickness. Use a pizza cutter or cookie cutters to cut out the shape of your gingerbread house.
  • Crush Hard Candies - Use your rolling pins to crush the jolly ranchers or your hard candy of choice. To make it easier, you can place each color in a separate bag and crush them from there.
  • Bake Cookies - Add your gingerbread to the baking sheets lined with parchment paper. Bake small cookies for 6-10 minutes and large cookies for 10-15 minutes. Bake the cookies you are going to add stained glass windows to for five minutes less.
  • Add Hard Candies - When the cookies with window cutouts have five minutes left, pull them out of the oven. Add a few different colors of the crushed candy to the gingerbread windows of your house.
  • Return Cookies to Oven - After adding the crushed hard candies, return the gingerbread dough to the oven. Bake the cookies for another five minutes, allowing the hard candies to melt. Allow the cookies to cool on the pans for at least 10 minutes before transferring to the wire rack.
  • Assemble Your Gingerbread House - Once your gingerbread cookies have cooled completely, you can assemble your gingerbread house using icing. After assembly, you can proceed to decorate it however you'd like.

Notes

Your homemade gingerbread house can be kept on display for about two to four weeks. For best results, cover your gingerbread house at night with plastic wrap to help keep it fresh. It is best to keep it in a cool, dry area away from direct sunlight or a heat source.
In addition to jolly ranchers, you can also use hard light savers or even butterscotch candies to make your stained glass windows. For the most vibrant color, jolly ranchers are the way to go.
Instead of using hard candies, you can also use melted sugar as well for the gingerbread house windows. Simply add one cup of sugar to a small saucepan over medium heat until melted. You can also add 1/2 cup of light corn syrup to the sugar and melt in the microwave instead of the stovetop.
Once fully melted, add your choice of food coloring and pour into the windows of the baked gingerbread house. You can separate the melted candy into different bowls to add different colors. Let the melted sugar fully dry in the windows before assembling the house.
To help ensure your house will come together, print off some templates online. This will allow you to easily cut out your house by laying down the templates on the dough and using a pizza cutter to cut them out.
For easy cleanup, it is recommended to use parchment paper when making a gingerbread house with stained glass windows. This will prevent any candy from sticking to your baking tray.
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Stunning Stained Glass Gingerbread House

If you are a fan of making gingerbread houses, you will love making stained glass windows. The windows are simple to make and give the house a beautiful look. It is also completely edible, so you are free to enjoy eating your house after making it if you desire.

To make the windows stand out, even more, you can place a light inside the gingerbread house. This will give the windows a lovely glowing appearance, perfect for any holiday celebration. It is also a wonderful activity to do with your whole family, as they will enjoy designing and decorating the gingerbread house.

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