Hi Everybody! I hope you're all having a good weekend so far! I can't believe that Christmas is less than three weeks away now! The house is all decorated, the tree is up and there's lots more cookie baking, shopping and gift wrapping to be done over the next couple of weeks! And with the weather forecast calling for snow, I'm hoping to wake up to a Christmassy winter wonderland tomorrow morning! I wanted to stop by and show you my gingerbread house today! Last year was the first time I ever made one, and it was a little bit of a disaster with too much frosting and candy, and a slightly unstable house structure! So this year I decided to go for a more simple look, and make a little gingerbread cottage covered in snow and surrounded by some greenery. Here's how I made it...
I first came up with what I wanted my gingerbread house to look like. Once I did that, I made my templates (you can also find some online if you don't want to make your own) out of some card stock. I needed a total of eleven pieces for my gingerbread house (a front and back wall, two side walls, two pieces for the roof and five pieces for the attic window. I rolled out my gingerbread dough and laid all the templates on and cut the different pieces I needed. I then baked them and let them cool completely before decorating. You are going to want to make your icing pretty thick so that it's sticky and holds the structure together well. I started out with decorating all the different pieces with my icing (if you're not planning on eating the gingerbread house, you can use a white pencil to draw on the different pieces to make the decorating easier) and letting them dry completely. Then, once they had dried, I put the whole house together (either use the icing to do this, or use hot glue if you're not going to be eating the house!) At the end, I added more icing on top of the roof and let some drip off the edge of the roof to make it look like the roof was covered in snow!) Once the house was completely dry, I transferred it to a white plate and added some greenery, and now it sits in my kitchen, making it smell deliciously Christmassy!
For another fun gingerbread Christmas idea, check out my Gingerbread Cookie Tree HERE!
Happy Baking, Everyone!