Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Gingerbread House

Chan posted recently about decorating gingerbread houses at a Junior League event. I have always wanted to try it, so when I saw a kit at a local grocery store, I slipped it into my cart.

I was pleased that the kit included a building tray, the house parts, icing, and candies. The box also had great instructions and a website address for a video demonstration. How could I go wrong?

The building tray was a great feature: it had 1/2 inch channels for the house to set inside and those channels give the cookie pieces some stability.

I wish the kit had another bag of icing because I ran out and didn't have enough to trim the side windows, the chimney, the back of the house, and the second gingerbread man - I ate him instead.

It would have also been nice to have a smaller tip to add the finer details on the tree, the gingerbread man, and the door. The icing bag was great for the larger areas, but clunky for the finer details. For example, my gingerbread man's smile looks more like a beard, and there was no way that I could outline the tree shape as shown on the box.

Overall, the project was fast and a lot of fun. On the scale of 1 - 10, I'd give it a 7.

I'll definitely purchase a kit next year, but I'll purchase or make additional icing and pipe it around the windows and chimney before assembling the house.

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  1. It turned out great! I've never made a gingerbread house. A kit sounds like the way to go. Maybe next year...

  2. You always surprise me.....Love how you just go for it.

  3. We did gingerbread houses with all the little cousins when our son was around 8. He's the oldest cousin.

    The houses turned out okay. The kids were a mess, a good old fashioned Christmas mess!!! I think they WORE more of the icing than got on the gingerbread house.

  4. That's awesome!! I love the tray with the stamped cobblestones. Our houses were pre-assembled, but sat on plain white cardboard. I also purchased the TINY tubes of decorator icing in the grocer's baking aisle and they were very popular... and had tiny tips.

    I'm so glad it's something you'll do again. Maybe I'll have a gingerbread house virtual party/contest next year...

  5. I've been tempted to try those kits so many times. I'm glad to hear that it was a fairly good experience, and it is so cute! I even like the gingerbread man's smile!! BTW, we all knew that the only thing to do with an un-iced gingerbread man is eat him. He probably expected it!! LOL

  6. It's really cute, Nancy. I am glad you found a good source for the Gingerbread houses. I think they have made it quite doable! Maybe next year more of us will give it a try!

  7. How fun! I've never made a "real" gingerbread house. We always used graham crackers and the houses were always eaten before they were finished. LOL

  8. WOw Nancy.. I"VE NEVER made a gingerbread house.....Your FIRST is amazing.
    SO funny that there was a video. A friend of mine spent 10 minutes today showing me how to make a good Pom POm ... i shudder to think how long it would take me to learn to make a gingerbread house.

  9. Oh how fun!! It is so cute (and yummy looking). My mother used to make us the pieces for those from scratch, definitely one of my favorite memories!

  10. What a great idea! I have never made a gingerbread house - can you just imagine how it would turn out! Your's turned out great.
    Rebel Follower

  11. Great job! I saw where IKEA had prebaked houses too, I might pick them up next year for a friend's 10 year old triplets. Have a great holiday season!


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