Gusteau’s Gingerbread House – Inspired by Pixar’s Ratatouille
Each year, I like to do an elaborate Disney-inspired gingerbread house based off a building from a Disney movie. The first one was Rapunzel’s tower that I created for Disney Family. Then last year, I did one based off of Tiana’s Palace restaurant from my fave Disney movie, Princess and the Frog. This year, I decided to do one based off of my favorite Pixar movie, Ratatouille. I created a Gusteau’s Restaurant gingerbread house, perfect timing too with the TikTok Ratatouille the Musical emerging this year! You can print the custom templates I made to create Gusteau’s out of gingerbread here, and see the directions below! It’s a big project, so I recommend having a day where you bake the dough and make the cookies, and then a separate day to decorate and assemble:
- 2 cups brown sugar
- 4 sticks room temperature butter
- 1 cup molasses
- 2 Tbsp ginger
- 4 Tbsp cinnamon
- 2 Tbsp cloves
- 4 tsp baking soda
- 8 cups all-purpose flour
- 1/2 cup water
Step 1: Make Your Dough!
- Combine butter, sugar, and molasses with an electric mixer.
- Add in cinnamon, cloves, ginger, and baking soda, combine.
- Add in half your flour and water, combine. Then add remaining flour and water until combined.
- Place saran wrap over your mixing bowl of dough and put in the fridge for at least an hour.
Step 2: Bake Your Cookies!
- Print out the Gusteau’s gingerbread house templates you’ll need here. Cut all the pieces out and set aside.
- Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.
- Roll out about 1/6 of your dough at a time, and then place the template pieces over the dough, cutting and tracing with a sharp, non-serrated knife.
- Once all your pieces are traced and cut out, place on parchment paper on cookie sheets and bake for 11 minutes.
- Set aside to completely cool or place in a container sealed if you’re decorating another day.
- Black food coloring
- Red food coloring
- Yellow food coloring
- Green food coloring
- 4 egg whites
- 6 1/4 cups powdered sugar
- 2 tsp vanilla extract
Step 3: Make Your Frosting the Day You Decorate!
- Combine half your egg whites and half your powdered sugar thoroughly.
- Add in remaining, plus vanilla extract and combine thoroughly.
- Place a lightly damp towel over your mixing bowl when not using your frosting so it doesn’t dry out.
Step 4: Decorate and Assemble!
- You’ll need five piping bags with round tips.
- Fill a piping bag with plain white icing, a piping bag with gray icing (made by combining some of your icing with a couple drops of black food coloring), fill a piping bag with red icing (combining some of your icing with red food coloring), and fill 1/4 of a bag with yellowish orange icing (combining 3 drops yellow with 1 drop red), and then 1/4 of a bag filled with green icing.
- You will decorate the pieces while they’re lying flat, and allow them to dry before assembling them in a standing position. (You can leave the back and two top roof portions undecorated since they won’t be seen).
- Once your icing is dry on your cookie pieces, use white icing on the bottom of your walls to “glue” them to a piece of cardboard. You may need to gently hold in place until the icing hardens enough to stand up on its own
- Once your four walls are up, place the larger trapezoid-shaped roof on top, using icing to “glue” it in place.
- Do the same with the four angled roofs, you may need an extra helping hand to hold these in place until dry enough to stand on their own.
- Use icing to “glue” the Gusteau sign on top of your smaller trapezoid-shaped roof. Once staying on, add it to the very top of your house.
- Use icing to stick Remy on the cardboard. And there you have it, a Gusteau’s gingerbread house!