Making a gingerbread house isn't as difficult as it might seem. If you have the right recipes and the right techniques, it's a snap.
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First, Pick a Gingerbread House Style and Theme
Take a look at this gallery of gingerbread house pictures for inspiration or use your imagination and my pattern(s) or your own.
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This economical recipe is for "structural" gingerbread, meaning, while it's edible, it's meant for building, not for eating.
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This limited edition mix (don't confuse this with Betty Crocker's Gingerbread Cake and Cookie Mix) makes great houses. The dough bakes up sturdy enough to support lots of candy and icing. It's a real time saver. Read the full review of Betty Crocker's Limited Edition Gingerbread Cookie Mix.
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Gingerbread House Patterns
Print and cut out these gingerbread house patterns. Transfer them to lightweight cardboard and cut again.Continue to 5 of 9 below.
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These step-by-step instructions make it easy to roll and cut gingerbread house dough.
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Royal icing is the glue that holds a gingerbread house together.
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These step-by-step instructions show how to fill a pastry bag with icing.
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Choose a base for your house and follow these step-by-step instructions for assembling a gingerbread house.Continue to 9 of 9 below.
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These step-by-step instructions for decorating a gingerbread house are merely a guide. Let your imagination run wild!