Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Our attempt at Gingerbread Houses

We had such a fun time last year making Gingerbread Houses that I decided to try it with my sister, Rebecca, and her little boys. Let me start by saying... Jenna made it look way too easy last year.

Let me share a few tips of what NOT to do:
  1. Find a good recipe. Try this Ginger Snap recipe that worked great last year. I tried a new one this year because I didn't have a kitchen scale to use. In hind sight, it would have been worth the investment.
  2. Don't pull the dough out of the refrigerator too early. I let it sit on the counter too long, and it was too soft.
  3. Don't roll the dough too thin. Our pieces warped as I transferred them to the pan, and they were too thin to support the weight of the decorating.

Here are a few tips of things that can help the process:
  1. Make sure you have everything ready before you call the kids to come decorate.
  2. Give a few pointers to the kids before starting, such as "be gentle" and "don't poke holes in your roof with a candy cane."
  3. Release control. Don't let your preset ideas or need for order to limit the creativity of your little ones.

We had a great time decorating our houses, in spite of a few mishaps. One of the roofs collapsed and needed a quick repair job and I only made enough dough for three houses between four kids.

Joshua and Abigail shared a house, each decorating one side. It was fun to see their different styles on the same little house.

And here is the finished house! The little snowman peeps were the perfect touch to our festive gingerbread house!


  1. The kids are adorable and so are the little houses. I'm so impressed. Every year I think this will be the year I make the gingerbread from scratch, but we always end up buying a kit from Target. :) What a fun time the kids must've had.

  2. I loved seeing their sweet faces again! Great job posting this- I really love the releasing control tip- well done, Christy!


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