Want to know how to make the perfect gingerbread house? Well you're in the right place! Here are the tips and ticks to making the perfect house this year.
First things first, is finding a good recipe for making gingerbread. I got mine from here. The consistency of the dough was perfect, and the gingerbread was hard, but not too stiff. Finding a stencil was the harder bit. My brother purchased his gingerbread house (one of those pre-put together ones) and I took some paper and stenciled his walls and roof. If you don't have a stencil, make sure all the walls are the same size, because otherwise the house will not fit together.
Next is to roll out your dough and cut the shape of your house. If you like, you can outline/cut out windows and the door. If you decide to cut out your windows, you have the option to make stained glass windows with candies. Take crushed jolly ranchers and sprinkle them in the windows. They will melt in the oven and cool into the window, creating a colorful panel.
After, it's time to bake! Put them in the oven for around 10 minutes. I would recommend letting them cool for at least a day before putting it together. Icing is a great for sticking pieces together, but I have also seen some done with caramel. If you don't feel like holding each piece together for 5 minutes while the icing dries, you can find something around the house to hold the walls up. That is what both cups on either side of the house are doing in the picture above,
It is finally time to decorate. I like using leftover Halloween candy, and sometimes purchase small candies from the grocery store. This year I found cute Christmas lights which I hung all around the house and it gave so much color. You honestly cannot go wrong when decorating a house. I know some people who give their house a theme every year, but I just decorate as I go, and it is usually quite mismatched.
And your house is done! It should last for a while, and will make your actual house smell amazing, It adds a lot of Christmas decoration and cheer to your home. Plus, it makes a great snack!
I hope you all have had a great start to December! I am very sorry that my first post this month is not a November Favorites, but I hope this is a good substitute. Let me know what you want to see this month, whether it is winter themed or not. I hope you are all having a great start to December, have a wonderful week!