The countdown to Christmas is officially on…
We decided to get in the holiday spirit by making our first homemade gingerbread house!
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)
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.
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
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!
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)