San Francisco Gingerbread Houses
  • For the gingerbread:
  • 1 stick butter, at room temperature
  • ½ cup brown sugar
  • ¼ cup molasses
  • 1 tbsp cinnamon
  • 1 tbsp ground ginger
  • 1 tbsp ground cloves
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 2 cups flour
  • 2 tbsp water
  • For Royal Icing:
  • One 2lb pack of confectioner sugar
  • ⅓ cup meringue powder
  • ¾ cup water
  1. Preheat your oven to 375 degrees F.
  2. In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the flat beater, mix together butter, brown sugar and molasses. Add spices, flour and baking soda and start mixing again on low. With the mixer on, add 2 tbsp of water and continue mixing until the dough comes together.
  3. Bake for 12 minutes or until set.
  4. To make royal icing, in the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the whisk attachment, mix sugar and meringue powder on low and gradually add water. Once all ingredients are combined, crank up to high speed and mix for 8 minutes.
Recipe by Sweet Explorations at