You will need molding clay to make windowpanes. Use windowpanes as soon as possible after making them; if stored, they become impossible to work with. Make the caramel syrup once the molds are ready.

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Ingredients

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Directions

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  • Make template. (See our tips for an architectural treat here.)

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  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Roll out gingerbread dough on a Silpat to about 1/4 inch thick. Chill until firm, about 1 hour. Lightly dust top of dough with flour. Place templates on top and cut out shapes. Place Silpat with house pieces on a baking sheet. Bake, rotating sheet halfway through, until just beginning to brown, about 18 minutes. Let cool completely.

  • Place template over baked gingerbread. Using a utility knife, lightly score along roof lines, shingles, and door (to serve as guides when piping). Gingerbread can be stored on baking sheets, covered with plastic wrap, up to 1 week at room temperature.

  • Decorate facade. Decorate shutters as desired.

  • Make windowpane molds: Roll out molding clay 1/4 inch thick on a Silpat. Measure windows of house; add 1/2 inch all around. With a utility knife, cut out molds from clay using measurements. Make the caramel syrup, and pour into molds. Let set, then use royal icing to glue onto back of facade.

  • Lightly brush some un-iced areas of gingerbread with egg wash; liberally sprinkle nonpareils or sanding sugar over top. (Work quickly, as egg white dries rapidly.) Let sit 20 minutes, then brush off any excess.

  • Attach the shutters. Once the shutters are set, attach supports for the house to either end: Pipe icing along the angled edge of support, using a small plain tip (#3). Hold support, narrow end up, flush against one side of the house until set. Repeat on the other side of the house.

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