This is the first time I made a gingerbread house for the holidays. I really enjoyed making this little house. I thought it would be easy to construct but I did have a little trouble getting the sides of the house not to slide or fold in. I found a simple recipe for a hard gingerbread it would be considered construction grade.
Debbie's Gingerbread House Dough
6 3/4 cups flour
1 tablespoons cinnamon (I used 2 tablespoons)
11/2 tsp ginger (I used 2 tsp)
1/2 tsp salt
1 1/2 cups Karo syrup
1 1/4 cups brown sugar (use dark if possible)
1 cup margarine
Paper pattern for cutting out house pieces.
Mix together the first 4 ingredients. Stir together over medium heat the last 3 ingredients until the margarine is melted. Mix the ingredients together. The dough will be warm and easy to handle. As the dough cools it will get hard to work with. While still warm roll out dough to a 1/4 inch in thickness. Place pattern pieces and cut with a knife. Place on a lined cookie sheet and cut out doors and windows. Bake for 12 to 15 min. at 350degrees. When pieces cool they will be very hard. I used a butter cream icing to put my house together. You can find that recipe here.
I found the pattern and dough recipe for my gingerbread house here.