I know I may regret this, but I want to make one for Christmas. Any hints for me? Have you ever made one? Can I make a template easily, to withstand Trip's construction? The fun part will come buying the candies to decorate....I know I can get some great tips here. soooo please HELP!
PS..I want a 2 bedroom one bath, not a McMansion the 2nd bedroom will be for my shoes
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In the store I work for, they sell an entire kit for building gingerbread houses, so check your local grocery store in the bakery dept. and see if they sell something like that. You can also custom decorate it, but at least you'd get the basic house and go from there...best of luck!
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Trip, If the decorating is the best part for you, then I would get a kit. They sale them in most stores, and comes with ideas to fix them up, but the best part is it comes with the sides, that you just have to put together.
I have made a lot of gingerbread houses and a kit is the simplest way but if you want to creat your own then your imagination is your only limit. You can make a paper template and make a roll and cut and bake your gingerbread pieces. Most cookie cook books have a gingerbread receipe.
You need to go to a candystore with lots of selections of candy and buy a few pieces of lots of different candy. I use necco wafers for the roof, and candy stix to fense rails or licorice. I use chocolate covered sunflower seeds that are glaced like m and m's for christmas lights around the house. I try to find a tiny santa and sleight to put on the roof. A candy wreath on the door looks nice. Chocolate rocks make nice stones for the path. Spearmint leaves make wonderful little trees for beside the house. I have even bought the little music buttons and put it into the icing (the snow surrounding the house) and then people can push the button and have a house with christmas music. You can buy bags of icing from the grocery store bakeries if you do not want to make your own royal icing.
I must confess that today most of our gingerbread houses are actually chocolate houses but the same decorations will work on both. We make lots of them to sell at Christmas. Have fun with it.
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