Gingerbread House

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Gingerbread templates and patterns

Using cardboard cut out patterns to use as a template.
For the front cut a 7" x 6" square.

For the sides a 4" x 6" pattern. The sides should be angled for the roof to a total height of 8".

For the roof cut a 7 1/2" x 4" square.

Divide your dough in half. While keeping half in the refrigerator, roll out the other half to about a 1/4-inch thickness.
Use the previously made templates as a cutting guide.

Using a knife follow the template to cut the rolled-out dough into the shape of the side of the house. Repeat, you will need two pieces for the sides of the house.
Place both pieces of cut-out dough onto a baking sheet.

Roll out the remaining dough as needed and cut out the front and roof using the other 2 templates.
You will need two pieces of each, the front and the roof.

Place the 4 pieces of cut-out dough on baking sheets.

Now, cut out a door and windows from one of the front dough pieces.
Don't discard the door. Place it on the baking sheet to bake. You will need the door later during the final decorations.

Optionally you can also bake the windows, if you would like to create shutters.

Bake approx. 10 to 12 minutes at 350 degrees, until dark golden brown.
Cool on baking tray for 2 to 3 minutes to firm.
Next: Gingerbread windows

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