Day 11 – Make a Gingerbread House or Village

by Kelsey Norwood

in Celebrations, Routines, & Traditions

gingerbread house

Get lots of different kinds of candy in different colors and shapes, graham crackers, and frosting to make gingerbread houses. Let each member of the family make his or her own house and put them all together at the end to make a village.

Here’s the recipe for the frosting:

2 egg whites
1 t. cream of tartar
2 c. powdered sugar

Whip egg whites with cream of tartar until stiff peaks form. Slowly add sugar and beat until stiff. Use immediately or cover with a wet towel.

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1 Michele December 11, 2008 at 12:50 am

This is such a cute gingerbread house!! I’ve never made one before and have always wanted to. Is it pretty easy? I guess I’ve never tried because it looks hard….like it might try to fall apart after spending a lot of time to get it to look just the way that you want it to. Maybe that will be my goal for next Christmas….make a gingerbread house!! Thanks for the recipe!

Thanks so much!!
Michele R.(CA)
Butterfly Whispers

2 Jeri December 11, 2008 at 8:26 am

I made a gingerbread house yesterday with Jenny’s kids and my kids. We used a packaged house kit from Maceys. It is great except that it isn’t real royal icing so it doesn’t dry hard and cement-like so the house kept slipping apart. I’ll put pictures of it up later.

3 Julie B December 11, 2008 at 9:50 am

I cheated and purchased one of Wilton’s kits. I wanted to make it early to have the scent of gingerbread in the house and also pretty to look at but had a question for anyone who knows. This may be a dumb question too but do you eat it after Christmas? Is is still fresh enough to eat after sitting out for a couple of weeks? I just don’t want my kids getting excited thinking they can eat it later if they really can’t

4 Baba December 11, 2008 at 10:17 am

I made a gingerbread house only once in my life. It took me days to do it. But now there are special pans you can bake the shapes right in them and it makes it so much faster. Thanks for the icing recipe.

5 melita c. December 11, 2008 at 12:53 pm

We just did this over the weekend! the kids had a blast! We bought a kit, which definitely made it less stressful…the kids were already impatient waiting for the icing to dry before they could start decorating! The one you show is beautiful!

6 Angela W December 14, 2008 at 10:03 am

Thanks for this! My 6 yr old will love doing it!

7 Yolanda December 14, 2008 at 2:50 pm

We did our gingerbread house a few days ago ~ it turned out adorable. :) The prebaked kit we bought didn’t have enough icing (my kids wanted a LOT of snow on the roof!) so I whipped up another batch using meringe powder. You can buy it at WalMart with the cake decorating supplies. Make it thick for good house glue or thin it out for good cookie frosting that is totally stackable.

3 tbs. merienge (sp?) powder
16 os. pwd sugar
1/3 cup-ish warm water

Thanks for all the Christmas ideas…totally lovin the family tips. :)

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