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December 1, 2009

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Recently, I was introduced to the world of gingerbread house-making when I took a 6-hour-long workshop on how to construct one. Although that sounds like a long time, the class was so much fun that the time just whizzed by! My creation is shown here.

One of the things that impressed me about this activity is that there are so many features that you can include in your display and seemingly endless options in edible materials to produce the effects. For example, pretzels for fencing and doors, cereal for roofing shingles, peppermint candies for stepping-stones. . . . Just peruse grocery stores, candy stores, gourmet shops, baking shops, etc., for supplies. Anything goes, as long as it is edible.

Have you made gingerbread houses before? What treats and techniques do you like to use? Share your thoughts below!

For those of you who have never made a gingerbread house, the article Gingerbread House Tips may be helpful.

Also, for inspiration check out the National Gingerbread House Competition at The Grove Park Inn in Asheville, North Carolina. This is an annual event where, as you'll see in the photos, the artists let their imaginations run wild!

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We don't make houses, we try

By Gammermomma

We don't make houses, we try to come up with something new every year with the idea that anyone can make a house! Granted, we are by NO means pros at this, but we do have a lot of fun. The first year we made the Tower of Mordor with Sauron's eye on top. The next year we made a pirate ship with gummie bear crew. The last one we made was a Colosseum with gummie bear and animal cracker combatants. We did use store brand icing instead of making royal icing. We also used granola bars to help with stability (they were always hidden inside). Our goal was never to be good enough to win a prize, just have fun!

When my children were little,

By Ann Hicks

When my children were little, we would make the gingerbread house from scratch. Nothing smells better than the baking of gingerbread! However, now I just buy the ready-made gingerbread kit. It's not the same.

I totally agree...NOTHING

By Micheline Saluga

I totally agree...NOTHING smells better than making it from scratch ; ) Hmmm...who says there has to be kids around to make one?? lol...Maybe we'll go make one and share it with family & friends... ; )

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