Making your own White House Gingerbread House

This year’s house created by chef Bill Yosses is weighing in at 350 lbs. It is actually made from Gingerbread but is then covered with White Chocolate.

From the side, you can see the garden.

And, just for good reference, here is last year’s house. Bo the dog gets to be in with both year’s houses.

Now, the part where you make your own. The first step is to get your hands on Yosses’ recipe. Which, lucky for us this year, he has shared!

The basic ingredients are what you would expect:

8 oz (2 sticks) butter, soft
2 cups dark brown sugar
2 eggs, large
1 cup molasses
7 cups All Purpose flour
¼ tsp ginger ground
¼ tsp cinnamon, ground
1 tsp baking soda
¼ tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp salt
Lemon zest from 1 lemon
Orange zest from 1 orange

So we don’t get in trouble here for copying something provided by the White House, your next step will be to jump over to the Obama Food blog to get the order or mixing, etc…

If you have ever wondered about the history and facts of the White House yearly Gingerbread House, the same site has it all, starting with the Nixons.

Update: we were just told about a version of Bill Yosse’s Gingerbread cookies made with Splenda is also available.

White House Gingerbread House

The White House in Washington D.C. always creates such a magical holiday at Christmas time. A few years back a spectacular Gingerbread house was created with white chocolate columns, sugar windows, and a foundation made from chocolate glue. The White House Gingerbread house, created by White House pastry chef Thaddeus DuBois, was on display in the State Dining Room. I am very excited to learn about the 2008 White House Christmas and what the decorations will entail. Visit back at as I will surely be posting up pictures and details as soon as the announcement is made.