Make a Geodesic Gingerbread Dome for the Holidays!

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  • Mom and her gorgeous  identical twin daughters create a masterpiece!
  • Geodesic gingerbread dome pattern
  • Gingerbread and icing recipes
  • Dome building instructions

It’s that time of year again when lights go up, trees sparkle, festive carols bring smiles and cheer, and the scent of fresh warm gingerbread tickles noses.

We chose high quality organic ingredients for our gingerbread dough.
We selected high quality organic ingredients for our gingerbread dough.

In the spirit of the season, here is a fun recipe for how to build a gingerbread dome house! Follow our in-house gingerbread dome expert(!) as she and her identical twin girls get down and gingery this holiday season.

We selected high quality organic ingredients for our gingerbread dough to symbolize the quality we put into each dome we build. Errrm… analogies likening organic flour to US steel might be a stretch, but when Santa comes down the chimney, we want to serve him up the very best.

Kids loving helping make fun treats in the kitchen!
Kids love helping make fun treats in the kitchen!

Geodesic Pattern

We purchased a precise pre-cut cardboard dome pattern from www.scoutregalia.com. Absolutely worth its $25 price, though with time and patience you could make your own pattern. You’d need to cut out cardboard shapes to set on the rolled-out dough and trace around with a sharp knife, as follows:

  • Hexagon with each side measuring 4.5cm
  • Pentagon with each side measuring 4.5cm
  • Half Hexagon with 3 sides measuring 4.5cm and the long side measuring 9cm
Gingerbread dome pattern ready to go!
Gingerbread geodesic dome pattern ready to go!

Gingerbread Recipe

  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) butter at room temperature
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup molasses
  • 1 Tablespoon cinnamon
  • 1 Tablespoon ground ginger
  • 1 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 Tablespoons cold water
Mixing together butter, brown sugar and molasses
Mixing together butter, brown sugar and molasses

In a large mixing bowl, mix together butter, brown sugar, and molasses. In a separate bowl combine all dry ingredients. Slowly stir dry ingredients into the butter mixture, adding water as you mix. Shape into a ball, wrap in plastic, and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes.

Bowl ready with dry ingredients
Bowl ready with dry ingredients
The recipe yields a nice ball of gingerbread dough.
The recipe yields a nice ball of gingerbread dough.

Preheat oven to 375°. Roll out dough. Place patterns on dough and cut around them with a sharp knife until you have the following:

  • 10 hexagons
  • 6 pentagon
  • 5 half hexagons

Use remaining dough to create ‘pavers’ for pathways and other landscaping. Place pieces on greased cookie sheet. Bake at 375° for about 15 minutes or until firm. Transfer onto wire rack and let cool completely.

Gingerbread hexagons cut from dough and ready for the oven!
Gingerbread hexagons cut from dough and ready for the oven!

Icing Recipe

  • 4 cups powdered sugar, sifted if lumpy
  • 2 large egg whites
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • Pastry bags with decorative tips or a ziplock bag
  • Food coloring (optional)
  • Candies, sprinkles, coconut, etc.

Mix all ingredients on medium speed with an electric hand mixer until icing is smooth. Icing should have the consistency of caulk or spackle, and should be thick enough to hold form but thin enough to go through a pastry bag. Add more powdered sugar or vanilla extract as needed.

To create different colored icing, add a few drops of food coloring to the icing.

Place icing in a pastry bag fitted with a decorative tip, or use a plastic ziplock bag with the corner cut off. Refrigerate icing in pastry bags until ready to use.

What, oh what, is going on? Looks like Christmas excitement!
What, oh what, is going on? Looks like Christmas excitement!

Building the Dome

If you purchased the gingerbread dome pattern from Scout Regalia, the next part is easy! Assemble the cardboard dome pattern and use icing to attach the gingerbread shapes to the dome’s many corresponding surfaces.

Our gingerbread trio affix the baked gingerbread shapes to the geodesic dome mold using the homemade frosting.
Our gingerbread trio affix the baked gingerbread shapes to the geodesic dome form using the homemade frosting.
it's so fun to help mommy!
It’s so fun to help mommy!
Frosting along the borders of the geodesic components holds the masterpiece together... what delicious culinary technology!
Frosting along the borders of the geodesic components holds the masterpiece together… what delicious culinary technology!

If you wish to continue at expert level and proceed without the pattern, slowly articulate the pieces into shape and hold in place with icing. This will take a lot of skill, so for children we absolutely recommend using the pattern.

Once the dome is assembled, trace around the pieces with icing and decorate as your heart desires. Then surprise your friends and family with a delectable and decidedly impressive holiday treat.

Our geodesic gingerbread dome is complete! What will Santa think?
Our geodesic gingerbread dome is complete! What will Santa think?

Serve with hot cider, eggnog, ginger beer or your favorite holiday beverage.

Happy Holidays to you, from all of us at Pacific Domes.