With our tested recipes, easy-to-follow template and decorating suggestions, it's not so difficult--just gather your supplies, get creative and have some fun!
Planning and Building
- House template
- Gingerbread dough: double the recipe
- Rolling pin
- Cookie sheets
- Aluminum foil
- Plywood base or heavy cardboard, doubled to support the house
- Royal icing, recipe doubled
- Pastry bags and decorating tips
- Butter knife, palette knife or flat sandwich spreader
- A damp cloth for quick clean-ups
- Glue gun (optional)
- Allow a weekend to complete the house
- Have all supplies ready
- Read all instructions before you begin: you will need to double the gingerbread recipe to have enough dough
- Allow the gingerbread to cool thoroughly before assembling
- Make icing ahead of time
- Keep icing covered with a clean damp cloth (touching icing) and plastic wrap at all times to prevent it from drying out
- Adjust the consistency of the icing by adding more egg whites if the icing is too dry or more powdered sugar if it is too wet. It should be thick and stiff
- Prepare the base for your house by covering plywood or heavy cardboard with several layers of foil
- Use canned goods from the pantry to stabilize the walls during assembly; remove them before adding the roof
The House that Jack Built
Visualize the "yard." Will you have a walkway? Trees? A fence? Set the house at an angle for a pleasing presentation.
To assemble, apply a generous amount of icing to one side of the joint and press an un-iced side to the edge and hold until set. (See step-by-step articles for more photos.)
Apply icing-glue to the bottom of your pieces for more stability; adhere them to the foil/plywood base.
Allow 30 minutes for the front, side walls and back of house to dry and firmly set before adding the roof.
You'll need an extra pair of hands when adding and securing the roof.
Allow house to dry completely before decorating: a minimum of 4 hours, preferably overnight.
Don't worry; you'll be able to fill gaps and cover errors later with more icing and decorations.
A fool-proof assembly method, if you're not going to eat the gingerbread, is to use a glue gun. Use icing to finish the look.
Icing can be kept at room temperature overnight. Be sure it is well-covered with a damp cloth and plastic wrap.