Tonight I was watching the Gingerbread House competition on Food Network. This lead to me writing this article while watching this show. I suspect there are people who do still make the smaller versions of gingerbread houses at home still even if they do use the kits purchased at the store.
I have yet to build a gingerbread house myself, but I find the thought of building a house from gingerbread fascinating. Those who do still build them to me are artists. Some may disagree with me on this, but I figure the patience it takes to build them is great.
Gingerbread House Patterns
The following to sites have gingerbread that needs to be baked before you can build your house. If you haven’t ever built a gingerbread house, it is best to cut the pieces of the house out before baking. If you don’t the gingerbread will break when trying to cut the pieces out.
Wilton Gingerbread House Patterns
There are four different gingerbread house patterns to print for free from Wilton. The gingerbread house patterns will open in a PDF for you to print the pattern for each of the pieces for the house. There is also a church, elf, and a rowhouse gingerbread house pattern to make.
4 Gingerbread House Patterns
There are four different gingerbread patterns to use at celebrating-christmas.com. The patterns are a one-room house, Victorian house, chapel, country store, and log cabin. I would suggest printing out each of the pattern pages you want to build, take them to a copier store that is able to enlarge the patterns because they will print out rather small on your home printer.
Recipes Needed to Build the Gingerbread Houses
Basic Gingerbread Recipe
This recipe can be used to create the gingerbread houses listed above. For those of you who wish to make gingerbread men cookies, this recipe can be used for that as well. This way you can also decorate your Christmas tree with gingerbread men for those who put their tree up Christmas eve.
Royal Icing (non-edible)
This is the recipe that is needed to “glue” the gingerbread homes together. The royal icing does take a bit of time to dry. So follow the instructions when it comes to putting the gingerbread homes together.
Almost Buttercream Icing
This icing is used to decorate the outside of the gingerbread home with. It can also be colored for the ornaments and other embellishments to the house.
For those who want to make edible gingerbread ornaments, use the left over gingerbread from the recipe listed to make the ornamental objects. Use the smallest cookie cutters you can find to make them. To make non-edible ornaments use cardboard to make them with the cookie cutters.