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Many people share the time of making a gingerbread house together.  Whether it be a family spending time together or a friendly competition within a workplace or home.  Either way, building a gingerbread house from scratch can be difficult yet fulfilling.  Follow these steps on how to make a gingerbread house from scratch,
 
 
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Step 1: Materials

·     Gingerbread mix

·     Bowl

·     Spoon

·     Measuring Cup

·     Butter

·     Knife

·     Pan

·     Scissors

·     Oven

·     Spatula

·     Oven Mitt

·     Rolling Pin (or in my case a wine bottle)

·     Large Telephone Book

·     Flour

·     3 White Pieces of  Paper

·     Optional: Cookie Cutters

Step 2:

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1.  In order to build a gingerbread house you must have a pattern to follow. Using 3 blank white pieces of paper draw out these dimensions:

· Front/back of house(x2): roof side=4.5’’, side=5’’, bottom=7’’

· Roof of house(x2): 5.5’’x8.5’’

· Side of house(x2): 5’’x7’’

· Optional: Door: 3.5’’x1.75’’

2. Now that your pattern is neatly cut out you’ll need a gingerbread mix- here are two options that are found in most grocery stores. Costing roughly $2.50

3. Going with the option on the left, “Betty Crocker Gingerbread”, set your oven to 350 degrees

 

Step 3:

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4.     In a large bowl mix together the, “Betty Crocker Gingerbread” mix with, 1 egg, 1 tablespoon of water, and 1 stick (1/2 cup) of butter. Mix together well for at least 2 minutes

Step 4:

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5. Now that the mix is thoroughly mixed together, sprinkle flour on a large cookie sheet, with your floury hands, spoon a large portion of dough on the cookie sheet.

Using a rolling pin (or a wine bottle if a rolling pin is not availableJ), roll the dough flat and even on the cookie sheet.

Step 5:

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6. Place your first pattern on top of the dough, carefully, with a small knife trace the outline of the pattern with your knife into the dough.
Thanks for the detailed instructions. Luckily I have plenty of wine bottles laying about.