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Gingerbread Hotel Recipe #FoodieFriday

gingerbread house recipe #foodiefriday

Welcome to #FoodieFriday! Once a month I’ll be sharing delicious recipes from the kitchens of our hotels. This month’s recipe will get you set to make your own Gingerbread House or Castle or Hotel. As a part of a competition among the staff members at the Hilton Garden Inn Fort Worth Alliance Airport, the Food and Beverage department created this masterpiece gingerbread model of the hotel. Share pictures of your Gingerbread Houses in the comments below!


Gingerbread House Dough Recipe

2 cups light corn syrup

1 ½ cup brown sugar

1 ¼ cup margarine or butter

9 cups all purpose flour

½ teaspoon salt

½ teaspoon ground ginger

½ teaspoon ground cloves

1 tablespoon ground cinnamon


In a heavy saucepan, combine light corn syrup, brown sugar and margarine or butter and bring it to a boil.

In a kitchen aid bowl mixer combine all dry ingredients (flour, salt, ginger, cloves, and cinnamon).


Use a dough hook attachment and set it to low speed. Slowly add hot corn syrup mixture. Mix for at least 12 minutes.


Roll out dough to ¼ in thick and use whatever template you desire.


Bake in the oven for 25 minutes at 350⁰F. Let it cool down completely before assembly.


Royal Icing

1 lb powdered sugar

2-4 egg whites (depending on the size of the egg)- start with 2 egg whites, add more if icing is dry
1tsp lemon juice

Combine all ingredients and mix until completely smooth, roughly 8 minutes. Use a re-sealable bag to pipe icing by cutting a corner of the bag.


Erwin Turalba, Corporate Director of Food and Beverage for PHD Hospitality is passionate about food. He embodies that passion as he guides the F&B staff at all of hotels PHD manages. His background includes roles as Executive Chef at a high-end Fort Worth country club, Starwood and Marriott properties in the Pacific Northwest. His favorite part about cooking is how it brings everyone to the table together. “It’s the time of day when friends, family, business associates, even strangers will take a moment to relax and enjoy a meal,” says Turalba. He loves cooking for friends and family. His assistant in his home kitchen is daughter, Gia (4). She is his toughest critic. “She has no filter. If it’s too bland, too spicy or just not right, she’ll let me know.”