(WTNH) — ‘Tis the season for gingerbread houses!

It’s easily a staple holiday tradition, baking your gingerbread people and homes, and then decorating the heck out of them! So, News 8 brought on a few of the experts to create the best gingerbread experience we could.

Joanna Siciliano, a culinary arts teacher at Haddam-Killingworth High School, and her student Catie Therrien joined News 8 to share their gingerbread and royal icing recipes:

Gingerbread House Recipe

Ingredients:

  • 7 1/2 cups of all-purpose flour
  • 1 tbsp cinnamon
  • 1 tbsp nutmeg
  • 1 tbsp ginger
  • 1 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 3/4 tsp salt
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 cup molasses
  • 6 3/4 oz. brown sugar
  • 12 oz. butter
  • 3 eggs

Directions:

  • Mix the all-purpose flour, cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger, baking soda, salt, and granulated sugar together and place in a Kitchen Aid mixer.
  • Bring the cup of molasses to a boil on a stovetop, and add molasses to the mixture after it boils.
  • Melt the butter and brown sugar into one mixture, then combine with the other dry ingredients.
  • Once you combine the two mixtures add in the three eggs, one at a time.
  • Roll out your dough onto a sheet pan with parchment paper 1/2 inch thick. Cut out house shapes in the dough (but do not remove any excess dough)!
  • Back the dough at 350 degrees for about 15 minutes or until the dough starts to brown slightly.
  • When the dough comes out of the oven, re-cut out the shapes and let them cool. Remove the excess dough when cooled!
  • IMPORTANT: Do not cover the gingerbread! Let it sit out and stiffen up!

Royal Icing Recipe

Ingredients:

  • 8 egg whites
  • 3 lbs (12 cups) confectioners sugar
  • 2 tsp. cream of tartar
  • 1 tsp lemon juice

Directions:

  • Combine all ingredients until completely mixed
  • Always keep icing well-covered and refrigerated when not in use

Be sure to watch the video above for a full breakdown of the recipe!