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How to Make a Gingerbread House: Kindle Resource

Updated on October 22, 2013

It's always fun when the holidays roll around to make a list of baking musts. When I was a kid, we used to have big get-togethers with two of my aunts and a slew of cousins for gingerbread house activities. Each family would make its own big gingerbread house, and the time together was priceless. My mom and aunts were pretty crafty ladies, and they moved from traditional gingerbread to chocolate chip cookie houses at times. They were always experimenting, and this Kindle book includes some additional variations for those who love the cookie house concept and are interested in such variety.

Gingerbread Essentials includes recipes for the following:

  • Basic Gingerbread House Cookies
  • Sugar Cookie Houses
  • Chocolate Chip Cookie Houses
  • Maple-Flavored Houses

Additionally, the resource provides you with a play-by-play approach to handling your gingerbread house preparation. Although a one or two-house project could be completed in a day, a gingerbread house decorating party on a massive scale requires some serious organization and planning. This book discusses a multi-day approach to getting your houses baked, assembled and decorated.

One of the challenges in baking multiple gingerbread houses can be consistency. Gingerbread Essentials provides you with options for obtaining more precise cuts if you are working with cookie cutters to craft your house pieces. It also provides helpful hints for keeping multiple parts organized as you bake many houses. Planning is important if you will be handling a big activity. If it's your first ever gingerbread house, you'll have the basics to start with and ideas for expanding your activity in time.

Gingerbread house decorating has been a 20-year tradition for our family. We love making individual houses, and each kid begins in late fall to dream of their potential scenes, fave candies and creative approaches to stashing more candy for later. Thinking like the kids, I love the fact that it creates so much excitement. In many years, this is a way to focus on the fun of the season without worrying so much about presents. If I don't bake much else during the holidays, gingerbread houses via the Gingerbread Essentials methods are always on the slate of seasonal events.

This is a tradition that is purely rooted in fun for our family. You can be as frugal or indulgent as you want. Mini marshmallows, pretzels and cereal pieces are just as easy to use as candies. You can work with little generic candy packets or large tubs of materials. Creativity abounds when our house moves into gingerbread mode!

Check out some of these essentials...important components of our own gingerbread making activities.

Wilton 3 Piece Gingerbread House Metal Cookie Cutters (2308-1096)
Wilton 3 Piece Gingerbread House Metal Cookie Cutters (2308-1096)

This set is my current backup to my 20-year old cookie cutters. The proportions are similar, with this set being slightly larger. The metal cutters are durable, making it easy to manage multiple house pieces during your baking.

 
KitchenAid KSM150PSER Artisan Tilt-Head Stand Mixer with Pouring Shield, 5-Quart, Empire Red
KitchenAid KSM150PSER Artisan Tilt-Head Stand Mixer with Pouring Shield, 5-Quart, Empire Red

My KitchenAid has improved my royal icing dramatically, allowing me to whip up a huge recipe without killing my shoulder in the process.

 
ChefLand Parchment Paper Pan Liner Baking Sheets - 12" x 16" (100)
ChefLand Parchment Paper Pan Liner Baking Sheets - 12" x 16" (100)

I normally use rolls, but pre-cut sheets are even more helpful for ensuring that I don't get wasteful. This makes it much easier to remove baked cookie walls and roof parts.

 

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The initial process of wet ingredients being combined.Cooling cookie house piecesCreate fun scenes during the decorating phaseA beautiful final product!Confectionary glue - Royal Icing
The initial process of wet ingredients being combined.
The initial process of wet ingredients being combined.
Cooling cookie house pieces
Cooling cookie house pieces
Create fun scenes during the decorating phase
Create fun scenes during the decorating phase
A beautiful final product!
A beautiful final product!
Confectionary glue - Royal Icing
Confectionary glue - Royal Icing

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