Cutting Dough for a Gingerbread House

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Learn how to cut the dough when you make a gingerbread house and gingerbread trees with expert baking tips for this holiday favorite in this free how-to video on making gingerbread houses.

Part of the Video Series: How to Make Gingerbread Houses
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Now that we have our dough all rolled out it's time to start cutting our house. Now you want to make sure that you have two each of roof pieces, sides and front and back of your house. So we are going to start with a large roof piece and you want to try and position your cookie cutters so that you are getting as close to the edges as possible, which will help be more efficient and also prevent re-rolling as much as possible. We have a nice roof piece and we are going to pull this other part away and hopefully get a nice solid piece to put onto our cookie sheet. Now if you have silicone liners for your cookie sheet then you can roll the dough out directly on your cookie sheet provided it doesn't have the edge. If you have a flat cookie sheet this works best. If you are using 3D cookie cutters you want to make sure that the slots for sticking the other pieces in are nice and big so you might want to even spread them out just a little bit because the dough will puff up just a little bit in cooking. And then we are going to do a side piece and if you get your dough to just the right thickness and your cookie cutters are small enough then you might be able to pick up the cut part within your cookie cutter but this doesn't always happen. And like I said you want to put it on an ungreased cookie sheet. These cookies definitely have enough butter in them that they do not need any greasing. We have got one roof and one side and we want a front of the house. You can see this has a nice roof line. You want to have a rectangular roof line for your front and back pieces because your roof pieces are going to go at an angle. We want to carefully pull this away and pull that cookie dough away from there so that we can get our nice front piece done. And after you cut one of each you are probably going to need to roll out more dough to get the rest of it. You want to make sure to have two of each sides done so that you have the six sides that are needed for your house. That would be two roof pieces, two sides and a front and a back. You might also want to use a spatula for pulling the cookie dough off of your rolling area just to make sure that it all comes off nice and smoothly.

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