Make a vegan Rainbow Gingerbread House this holiday season! Not only is it eye-catching, but it’s super delicious and so easy to make.
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💡 The recipe in a nutshell
- Vegan (no eggs and dairy free)
- Made from scratch
- Simple to make, yet so colorful
- Plant-based Christmas
- Children friendly
- Great activity
👩🍳 What you need
- Gingerbread house cookie cutters - I like to use this kit, but you can use any you like
- Gingerbread cookies - Below in the recipe section you will find the recipe to make them from scratch. Alternatively you can use pre-made pieces.
- Royal Icing - Our vegan Royal icing recipe is perfect for making a gingerbread house. It dries completely firm, so your house will not fall apartment and it’s perfect for decorative elements.
- Candy - Gather your favorite colorful candies and sprinkles! We are using Katjes Rainbow Gummies and Love & Stars for the most delicious and fun vegan decoration.
🦄 Katjes gummies as decoration
Using your favorite plant-based candy is a great way to add a splash of color to your vegan rainbow gingerbread house and other baked. I prefer the gummy candy from Katjes, as they are entirely plant-based (no animal gelatin) and they are palm oil free. Additionally, they use real sugar instead of high fructose corn syrup.
For this gingerbread house, we used their Rainbow kind, but they have other fun varieties that work just as great for this recipe.
If you are looking for more recipes using gummy candy as an easy decoration check out this Unicorn Surprise Cake, which is a layer cake filled with sprinkles and candy. Or check out these Thumbprint cookies, this easy Sheet Cake with Strawberry and Cream decorated with Graham crackers and candy.
🥣 How long does it keep good?
Once baked, put together and decorated, the gingerbread house has about a month before it becomes uneatable. Please remember, if you leave the gingerbread house out as decor, it can collect dust and attract ants. Its recommended to store gingerbread houses in a plastic container, or if wished as an decoration with caution.
Rainbow Gingerbread House
Vegan Gingerbread (from scratch)
- Start by adding butter, maple syrup, agave, and brown sugar to a pan. Stir on low heat until the sugar has dissolved and the butter is melted. In a Mixing bowl add flour, baking soda, spices, and salt and stir together. Make a well in the center and pour in the melted sugar and butter mixture. Stir together to form a dough, shape it into a ball, and chill for at least 30 minutes to firm up.
While chilling prepare vegan royal icing:
- In a clean bowl with an electric hand or stand mixer, whisk aquafaba until foamy in consistency (that can take a few minutes, don’t get impatient). Sift powdered sugar into the bowl with the foamy aquafaba and whisk on high speed for 3-5 minutes scraping down the sides of the bowl if needed. It’ll be very thick. Add a couple of drops of almond extract and rose water each, and mix for 1 more minute. Adjust the thickness of the icing by adding a few drops of the extract of your choice. Fill into a piping bag and place in the fridge until ready to use.
- Preheat oven to 190°C/370°F. Roll the dough out (coin thickness). Cut out with gingerbread house cookie cutters, and additional cookie shapes of your choice (such as Christmas trees, or snow people). Transfer to the prepared baking sheet.
- Use the leftover gingerbread to make additional houses or other festive shapes like Gingerbread people. Chill for 20 mins, then bake for 8 to 10 minutes. Remove from the oven and allow to cool completely on trays.
Assemble Gingerbread House:
- Put the house together with royal icing (how the parts fit together, depends on the cutouts you used). Then decorate with vegan icing and Katjes gummies. The rainbows make great shingles and doors. The Love gummies make great windows, wall sides, and roads. Katjes Love & Stars gummies are great for adding additional hearts or stars to your house.
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