Dairy, Egg and Peanut/Tree Nut Free Gingerbread Houses and Men

The Christmas Tree is up…the decorations have been strategically placed throughout the house…and the Christmas tunes are cranked.

dairy,egg and peanut/tree nut free gingerbread men on christmas tree I took over the kitchen this weekend for some holiday baking…Dairy, Egg and Peanut/Tree Nut Free Gingerbread to be exact!

I am so excited to be baking and building our first Dairy, Egg and Peanut/Tree Nut Free Gingerbread Houses with the boys.

dairy,egg and peanut/tree nut free gingerbread houses

I have been eyeing this Gingerbread House mold from Lee Valley for some years now.

Gingerbread mold from Lee Valley

I am unsure where my Dairy, Egg and Peanut/Tree Nut Free Gingerbread recipe originates. I went through a few recipes before Michael claimed this one the winner. The baking instructions for the Gingerbread House came with the Gingerbread House mold.

Dairy, Egg and Peanut/Tree Nut Gingerbread Dough

2 1/2 cups unbleached all-purpose flour
1 tsp baking powder
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp ground ginger
1 tsp ground cinnamon
1/2 cup Earth Balance
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1 tbsp vinegar
2 tbsp water
1/2 cup fancy molasses

In a large bowl, cream Earth Balance and sugar until light and fluffy.

creamed Earth Balance and sugar for dairy,egg and peanut/tree nut gingerbreadMix in the water, vinegar, and molasses.

molasses, water and vinegar added to creamed mixture for dairy,egg and peanut/tree nut free gingerbreadIn another bowl, combine the flour, baking soda, baking powder, cinnamon and ginger.

dry ingredients for dairy,egg and peanut/tree nut free gingerbreadSlowly add the flour mixture to the creamed mixture until completely combined.

dairy,egg and peanut/tree nut free gingerbread doughDivide dough in half and roll into 2 balls.
Wrap each ball in wax paper and refrigerate for at least an hour.

2 balls of dairy,egg and peanut/tree nut free gingerbread dough wrapped in wax paperSpray mold with canola spray.
I rolled out the dough to the thickness of the mold and then cut pieces to press into the mold.

rolled out dairy, egg and peanut/tree nut free gingerbread dough for gingerbread mold from Lee Valley

Press Gingerbread dough into mold.

dairy, egg and peanut/tree nut gingerbread dough pressed into gingerbread house mold from Lee Valley

Bake at 350 F for 25 minutes.
Let gingerbread cool in mold for 10 minutes.

baked dairy,egg and peanut/tree nut free gingerbread in gingerbread house mold from Lee Valley

Carefully remove the pieces to a cooling rack.

dairy, egg and peanut/tree nut free gingerbread house cooling on rackRepeat. Two batches are necessary for a complete house.

Tip 1: One ball of dough made one side of the mold. I made 2 batches of my Dairy, Egg and Peanut/Tree Nut Free Gingerbread Dough for two houses. I used the leftover dough to make mini and large Gingerbread Men. I poked holes at the top with a straw (before baking) to thread ribbon or string through for decorating the tree.

dairy,egg and peanut/tree nut free gingerbread men to decorate treeThe third house was made using the Gingerbread Dough recipe that came with the mold. It was actually dairy and egg free already! It was very crumbly so I just pressed the dough in the mold. Not as impressed with their recipe…not as tasty and couldn’t roll out the leftover dough to make Gingerbread Men.

Tip 2: I used Wholesome Sweeteners Organic Molasses in both the recipes. Michael noticed right away that the dough was different. “The dough is darker…what did you do differently?” he questioned me. Then he tried them…”I know you did something to these cookies?”  “I’ll eat them, but I like the other ones you make better.”

I didn’t think changing the molasses would make such a difference…apparantly, I was wrong. I know how much he loves and looks forward to me making these cookies each year…I should have known better than to mess with them.

For Michael’s favourite Dairy, Egg and Peanut/Tree Nut Free Gingerbread Cookies one must use Crosby’s Fancy Molasses.

Building the Dairy,Egg and Peanut/Tree Nut Free Gingerbread House

Constructing the Dairy, Egg and Peanut/Tree Nut Free Gingerbread Houses is a story in and of itself…let’s just say…one needs a lot of patience!  

The Royal Icing recipe recommended in the instruction booklet to ‘glue’ the house together, required egg whites. For our egg free version, I mixed together 2 cups icing sugar with 7 tsp of water.

A ziplock sandwich bag with a corner snipped off was filled with the icing sugar mixture. The boys and I squeezed out the icing to ‘glue’ our houses together.

constructing dairy,egg and peanut/tree nut free gingerbread houses

Eventually, the bag broke and icing was everywhere! Matthew and I  then tried using a plastic icing bag with a metal tip. This ended up to be futile…we resorted to using our fingers to spread the icing while trying to hold the houses together.

We left them to dry before attempting to add anything else for fear of them collapsing…once again! A little more finicky than I had anticipated.

constructed dairy,egg and peanut/tree nut free gingerbread houses

The boys found the whole enterprise quite amusing!

Note to self: Next time, make the gingerbread pieces thinner, especially the roof!

Of course everyone knows that decorating the Gingerbread Houses is the best part!

Decorations included: Gimbal’s Gourmet Jelly Beans, Surf Sweets Jelly Beans, Gummy Bears and Worms, mini marshmallows, Mentos mints, Enjoy Life chocolate chips and chocolate chunks.

allergen free candies to decorate dairy,egg and peanut/tree nut free gingerbread houses

I called the boys in from playing road hockey to decorate their houses.  A neighbourhood friend joined in on the fun.

decorating dairy,egg and peanut/tree nut free gingerbread houses with allergen free candies

All in all, we were all very pleased with the end results.

decorated dairy,egg and peanut/tree nut free gingerbread housesMatthew’s Masterpiece:.. ‘architectural perfection!’

matthew's decorated dairy,egg and peanut/tree nut free gingerbread house

My Masterpiece… ‘a jelly bean and gummy delight!”

my decorated dairy,egg and peanut/tree nut free gingerbread house

Michael’s Masterpiece…‘a disguised security device…middle, top chocolate chip has a hidden camera!” lol

Michael's decorated dairy,egg and peanut/tree nut free gingerbread house

“I can’t wait to eat it…we can eat them, right?”, exclaims Matthew upon finishing applying his last candy.

Enjoy!

Have you a favourite allergen friendly Gingerbread recipe for Gingerbread Men? Does your family construct and decorate an allergen friendly Gingerbread House each year? What are your holiday baking traditions?

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7 thoughts on “Dairy, Egg and Peanut/Tree Nut Free Gingerbread Houses and Men

    • To be honest, this was my first time making and decorating a Gingerbread House. Up until now, we just made the Gingerbread Men. I highly recommend making one…so much fun! Yes, the eating of candies was a highlight!

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