Christmas Baking and a Gingerbread House

The countdown to Christmas is officially on…

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We decided to get in the holiday spirit by making our first homemade gingerbread house!

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I love gingerbread houses – they are so fun to make and you can get really creative! This was the first time I’ve actually made the house from scratch and I don’t think I can ever go back to prepackaged kits. Years ago after we made a house from a prepackaged kit, we decided to eat it… but I don’t think we even ate much because it honestly tasted like cardboard!  (wasn’t too fond of gingerbread after that, until I started making my own)

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I’m sure any gingerbread recipe would work, but here’s the recipe that I went with.  The base was 4 by 4 inches and the height was about 5 inches. You could print off a stencil (lots on the internet) or use a ruler and just free-hand the cuts. I couldn’t be bothered to cut out a stencil so I just measured and free-handed the pieces. Also, if you’d like to add windows and doors, I found it easier to cut them out before baking the cookies.

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Here are some basic materials you may need:

  • Gingerbread cookie dough
  • Royal icing – lots of this stuff!
  • Square pretzels (windows)
  • Candy – Round jellies, mini m&ms, and whatever else you’d like

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I love our house! We were actually contemplating on whether we should eat the house because it seems like such a waste to just let it sit there… but then again, I guess it could just be a part of the Xmas decor? Definitely a fun activity to do with others over the holidays!

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The gingerbread house wouldn’t be complete without gingerbread men – Happy baking!

(PS – If you’d like some inspiration for your own gingerbread house or would like to see some very creative houses, check out this site)

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17 Comments Add yours

  1. ubc.neuroscience@ubc.ca says:

    Take some of your baking over to Grandma’s house. We will be expecting it!

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    1. Janine says:

      Yes, I plan to bring some =]

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  2. sophiebowns says:

    I love the gingerbread house. My sister had one for her 7th birthday! It was amazing!

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    1. Janine says:

      Thank you! Your sister must have been pretty excited on her birthday!

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  3. That’s too adorable!! XOXO, Angie.

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  4. saucygander says:

    My first gingerbread house was a packaged one, from Aldi no less. My friends and I each bought a pack, and spent a evening decorating them. Loads of fun, terrible cardboard taste. Yours look too cute for words, especially with the gingerbread men! :-D

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    1. Janine says:

      Yes, if only they tasted a little better, but that must have been such a fun evening! Thank you!

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  5. emmajd18 says:

    Oh my goodness, this is too perfect looking. Honestly looks like one off of a gingerbread box!

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    1. Janine says:

      Thank you and thank you so much for stopping by! I found that the more candy I threw on the house, the better it looked, so I just kept going till I was almost out – Happy baking!

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  6. Mo says:

    wooo from scratch !? it’s soooo pretty ! it looks like one you would buy in a store ! im impressed ! mine never seem to hold long enough to even take a picture !

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    1. Janine says:

      Haha thank you! The hardest part I found was gluing the 4 walls together because it kept falling apart, but loads of icing seemed to do it – happy baking!

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  7. tworedbowls says:

    This is so ADORABLE! I love it!! Are you going to enter it in Movita Beaucoup’s ginger competition? Do it do it :)

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    1. Janine says:

      Awe thank you! Haha I wasn’t aware there was a gingerbread house contest, but I’ll check it out – thx for letting me know!

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      1. tworedbowls says:

        Yay!! I’ll be rooting for you! :)

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      2. Janine says:

        I checked the contest too late – it closed on Sunday! Maybe next yr

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