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Easy Gingerbread Houses

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Easy Gingerbread Houses
  • Prep 1 hr 20 min
  • Total 2 hr 0 min
  • Ingredients 4
  • Servings 16
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Make gingerbread houses without rolling out dough or using cookie cutters. Simply the best!
Updated Aug 22, 2017

Ingredients

  • 1 roll (30 oz) refrigerated Pillsbury™ Gingerbread Cookie Dough
  • Decorating icing (from 6.4-oz aerosol can)
  • Multi-Bran Chex™ cereal
  • Assorted small candies

Steps

  • 1
    Heat oven to 350°F. Cut cookie dough into 16 equal pieces. Work with 1 piece of dough at a time; refrigerate remaining dough pieces until needed.
  • 2
    For each cookie, cut 1 piece of dough into 3 equal slices. Place 2 slices side by side on ungreased cookie sheet; press into 3x3 1/2-inch rectangle (see photo). Place third slice on center of long side of rectangle; press slice into triangle for roof (house should be about 5 inches tall). Repeat with remaining dough making total of 16 house shapes, 1 1/2 inches apart on cookie sheets.
  • 3
    Bake 8 to 11 minutes or until light golden brown. Cool 2 minutes; remove from cookie sheets. Cool completely, about 15 minutes.
  • 4
    Decorate with icing; use cereal for shingles and candy for house features. Let stand until frosting is set, about 30 minutes. Store between sheets of waxed paper in tightly covered container.

Tips from the Pillsbury Kitchens

  • tip 1
    There's no need for a cookie cutter because you form these adorable houses with your hands. Follow shaping directions in step 2.

Nutrition Information

230 Calories, 10g Total Fat, 3g Protein, 30g Total Carbohydrate, 15g Sugars

Nutrition Facts

Serving Size: 1 Cookie (undecorated)
Calories
230
Calories from Fat
90
Total Fat
10g
16%
Saturated Fat
2 1/2g
13%
Trans Fat
3 1/2g
Cholesterol
10mg
3%
Sodium
180mg
7%
Potassium
0mg
0%
Total Carbohydrate
30g
10%
Dietary Fiber
0g
0%
Sugars
15g
Protein
3g
% Daily Value*:
Vitamin A
0%
0%
Vitamin C
0%
0%
Calcium
0%
0%
Iron
4%
4%
Exchanges:
1 Starch; 0 Fruit; 1 Other Carbohydrate; 0 Skim Milk; 0 Low-Fat Milk; 0 Milk; 0 Vegetable; 0 Very Lean Meat; 0 Lean Meat; 0 High-Fat Meat; 2 Fat;
Carbohydrate Choice
2
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

More About This Recipe

  • Let’s face it—we all identify gingerbread houses with the Christmas holiday and enjoy admiring creative designs of cookie architecture. However, at first glance, these house-shaped confections can seem like more trouble than they are worth. But making gingerbread houses can actually be really simple, as is the case with our Easy Gingerbread Houses that don’t require rolling out or cutting out cookie dough, which is half the battle! Since making the cookies is so simple, you’re free to use your creativity and energy on decorating which is obviously the most fun part! If you really want to simplify the process, consider baking up a batch of house-shaped gingerbread cookies and storing them in the freezer! Then you’ll already be halfway to gingerbread success. Place undecorated cookies in containers with tight-fitting lids and freeze. When you’re ready to decorate, remove from the container and allow cookies to thaw. Need more expert tips to prep for cookie season? We’ve got more expert tips to prep for cookie season!
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