It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas! Trees are being bought and decorated, presents are being wrapped, homes are lit with the glow of lights, and families are making gingerbread houses.
Rather than buying a kit from a store, have you thought of trying to make your own? Here’s how!
Some Help from Rada
We made ours out of graham crackers and ice cream cones, but you can find the recipe to make a gingerbread house from gingerbread dough in Santa’s Favorite Holiday Treats & Christmas Sweets. Find it at the Rada Kitchen Store.
The cutlery used in this recipe includes the Heavy Duty Paring knife to cut our graham crackers, the Super Spreader to spread the frosting, and the Handi-Stir to stir the frosting. You can find all of these and more at Rada Cutlery or Rada Kitchen Store.
First, decide on a design, buy the ingredients and gather the supplies that will be needed (icing bags, tips and a covered tray). You’ll also want some kind of a base to place your house on. Also, as stated before, we used graham crackers to make our gingerbread houses. We cut them to fit together like a house using the Heavy Duty Paring Knife.
To make the frosting cement…
Mix together confectioners’ sugar and cream of tartar in a medium bowl. Add egg whites and vanilla. Beat on high speed until frosting holds its shape. If necessary, add more confectioners’ sugar to thicken the icing. Cover frosting with a damp cloth to prevent drying.
*Be sure to measure flour carefully. Use a spoon to scoop it into the cup, then level off top.
We dyed some of our frosting green to cover the ice cream cones so they looked like trees.
How to Make a Gingerbread House from Scratch
The second step is to assemble. Carefully bind your graham cracker pieces together with the frosting. Some like to use a milk carton to make it sturdier. When you feel your house is ready, it’s time to decorate!
Use your imagination when it comes to decorating. Creativity and variety is the key. Consider buying small bags of candy or candy by the pound. Some favorite gingerbread house decorations are:
- Confectioners’ sugar for snow
- Graham crackers for a door
- Necco wafers (a flat, round, old-fashioned candy in assorted colors that is sold in rolls) for roof shingles
- Sticks of gum for roof shingles
- Caramels, stacked cookies or candies for a chimney
- Candy canes for porch supporters
- Vanilla wafers or crushed nuts for a walkway
- Cinnamon sticks, straight pretzels or tootsie rolls for firewood
- Peppermint candies, M&M’s, Lifesavers, gum drops, red cinnamon candies, Chiclets, red and black licorice bites, rope or twists and candy canes for accents around the house
We used chocolate candies to cover the roof after we spread frosting over the top. We also used gumdrops to decorate and decorated the ice cream cones to look like trees. This can seem challenging at first, but it works best to goop it on and form the shape of branches with a fork. Try it with our Granny Fork. To give the appearance of snow, add a little white frosting too.
Great Gifts for the Holidays
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You can find all of these items and much, much more at the Rada Kitchen Store.
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