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Gingerbread House Recipe?

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I always make a gingerbread house for easter, halloween and christmas. Im stumped this halloween not knowing what to do and what to decorate with. I figure I probably cant bake it since it would be too crumbly without the gluten in it.

I figure I will use boxes and hot glue gluten free graham crackers on it but I'm stumped with what to do on the roof? I have always used either black licorice or halloween oreo cookies. Maybe I could do m'n'm's but Im not sure how it would look, I have always used them as just the seam coverings.

I read necco wafers are gluten free which is great for easter but there are only a few black ones in the package with too much waste for a halloween one.

I'm stumped on the graveyard too, I always used vanilla wafer type cookies with the frosting in the inside for the tombstones. I dont think those come gluten free though. At least the fence will be the same with gluten free pretzels.

Any ideas you have are appreciated, Im hoping to buy my materials by tomorrow for this weekend for our pumpkin carving party and use it as a decoration.

Thanks :)

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I always make a gingerbread house for easter, halloween and christmas. Im stumped this halloween not knowing what to do and what to decorate with. I figure I probably cant bake it since it would be too crumbly without the gluten in it.

I figure I will use boxes and hot glue gluten free graham crackers on it but I'm stumped with what to do on the roof? I have always used either black licorice or halloween oreo cookies. Maybe I could do m'n'm's but Im not sure how it would look, I have always used them as just the seam coverings.

I read necco wafers are gluten free which is great for easter but there are only a few black ones in the package with too much waste for a halloween one.

I'm stumped on the graveyard too, I always used vanilla wafer type cookies with the frosting in the inside for the tombstones. I dont think those come gluten free though. At least the fence will be the same with gluten free pretzels.

Any ideas you have are appreciated, Im hoping to buy my materials by tomorrow for this weekend for our pumpkin carving party and use it as a decoration.

Thanks :)

We buy K-inni-Toos made by Kinnikinnick Foods. They are Gluten Free "Oreos"! AND, the come in Chocolate Sandwhich Creme and Vanilla Sandwhich Creme. They should work for what you used to use! We buy them by the case, as they are gluten free/diary free/egg free/trans fat free! Our 18 year old LOVES them. I have to hide the cases! Hope this helps! I buy mine at Wild Oats in Colorado Springs, but you can order them on line from Kinnikinnick directly or several other gluten free food sites. There are probably other natural food stores that carry them. You probably could contact Kinnikinnick directly and ask who caries them in your area. Either call or e-mail They are in Alberta Canada, but I have been known to call all over the world to find what I need! Hope this helps!

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I always make a gingerbread house for easter, halloween and christmas. Im stumped this halloween not knowing what to do and what to decorate with. I figure I probably cant bake it since it would be too crumbly without the gluten in it.

Don't be so sure that you can't bake one. I've been doing it for years and it works, with a little help from icing and cereal boxes. Here's my recipe/directions:

Gingerbread people/house (adapted from Betty Crocker)

1 C packed brown sugar

1/3 C shortening, butter or margarine

1-1/2 C dark molasses

2/3 C cold water

7 C gluten-free flour (make sure your mix has xanthan gum in it)

2 tsp. baking soda

2 tsp. ground ginger

2 tsp. cinnamon

1 tsp. ground cloves

1 tsp. salt

Mix brown sugar, shortening, molasses and water. Stir in remaining ingredients. Cover and refrigerate at least one hour.

Roll dough 1/4 inch thick on well-floured board or cloth. Cut out pieces of house using patterns you either get online or make up yourself. You'll need 2 roof pieces, 2 sides and a front and back. (Start with a small house first.) Cut remaining dough into gingerbread people or shapes with a floured cookie cutter. Place pieces about 2 inches apart on a lightly greased cookie sheet. Bake until no indentation remains when touched, 10-12 minutes. Cool completely.

Here's the trick to keeping it all together. Cut out the roof, sides and front/back shapes from cereal boxes. Make sure the cardboard is a little smaller than the gingerbread. Use icing to "glue" the underside of each gingerbread piece to the brown side of the cereal box piece. Let the icing set before assembling the house. Then assemble your house using lots of icing.

I've never had one fall apart, but I think one year we had to use some toothpicks.

We decorate the roof by squeezing icing out of a decorating tube and making scallop designs, then using gluten-free sprinkles on top. Then we decorate with candy canes, M and M's and whatever other candy we can get that is gluten-free. It always looks different, but is always cute. My daughters are now 13 and 15 and they still look forward to gingerbread house day. And all of us (2 boys and hubby too) look forward to eating it after Christmas.

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i love my gingerbread cookie recipe (you can cut them larger for a house). it's on my site, below, as i don't have time to write it out now (under baking). last year, we decorated them with raisins and the christmas coloured skittles.

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I think gumdrops would look nice, and they are almost always gluten-free from what I've read. Same with jelly beans, marshmallows, and I suppose gummy bears (shape shouldn't matter I hope). I don't eat sugar so I can't recommend anything specific though.

Everybody says M&Ms are gluten-free too, so if you like those why not. Probably would look good among sprinkles too.

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Guest AutumnE

thnaks everyone for the ideas and recipes. Im not going to do one this week, my daughter is sick so we cancelled the pumpkin carving party but when she feels well I plan to do one for ourselves. I never thought I could bake one gluten free now Im excited to try it out with boxes and gluten free graham crackers on stand by :D

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