It’s December 2nd which means the Christmas baking season has officially begun! Wee hoo!
Each year after our tree is trimmed, we bake up some gingerbread cookies to hang off it’s branches. A tree that smells of spice is definitely a must, especially if you don’t have a real tree that let’s off it’s own Christmas fragrance. But, with all the gingerbread I’ve made through the years, I’ve never actually made a gingerbread house. Can you believe that? I mean to make one every year but for some reason or another I never seem to get around to it. This is the year. And, I want you to join me. I figure, if we’re all in this together, it might give us the extra little push we need to actually get it done! We can all inspire each other with our creations and tips along the way.
If you would like to participate (And, I would love it if you did, the more the merrier!), make and share your gingerbread house in the next two weeks. You can upload photos to my Facebook page, share them on Instagram (use the hashtag #KSGingerbread so we can all join along!), or if you have a blog, you can blog about it and send me the link! I’d love for you to include any tips, links to recipes or templates that you used, if applicable. In two weeks I will do a roundup of all of our final products! I’m so excited to see what we all create. (If you prefer to not share publicly but would like to be included in the roundup you can email me at [email protected])
To get us started, I’ve collected some recipes, templates and tips from around the web. Feel free to share your favourite tips, recipes, or links that you already have in the comments below so we can all start with our best foot forward! The more inspiration before we start, the better!
Templates and Tips
Simple Gingerbread House Template on from BBC GoodFood
Swedish Gingerbread House from Martha Stewart
Cottage Style Gingerbread House from from Tikkido
Mini Gingerbread Houses that perch on the edge of a mug from Not Martha
Kid-Friendly No-Bake Gingerbread Houses (uses graham crackers!) from Caked Alaska
Tips for success from Frog Prince Paperie
Tips for building and decorating from King Arthur Flour
Recipes for dough
A gingerbread recipe where no chilling is needed from Food.com
A sturdy gingerbread recipe for larger projects from King Arthur Flour
A chewy gingerbread recipe (best for smaller projects) from Martha Stewart
Recipes for Royal Icing
A recipe that uses no eggs from Martha Stewart
A recipe that uses only sugar, eggs and vanilla from Alton Brown
A recipe that calls for eggs, sugar and cream of tartar from Canadian Living
For more inspiration, templates, and tips you can follow my Gingerbread House Inspiration board on Pinterest – I will be adding more as I find them!
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