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Dec 17 2014

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Gingerbread House Kit Christmas Gift

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Gingerbread House Kit Christmas Gift

In years past, I have made gingerbread houses for us, as a family, and as a gift for friends. Making it as a gift was an activity I did with my kids–they loved decorating the houses and felt proud of delivering their gift to our friends. It takes time to make the dough, bake it, and decorate it, but that is part of what makes the gift so valuable. In more recent years, I decided to make gingerbread house kits. Aside from the benefit of easier transport, giving a kit instead of a ready-made house gives the gift of a family activity. They get to make the house the way they want. (Or, if they don’t want to put it together, they can just eat it. Yum.) Can gingerbread house kits be purchased? Yes, but a homemade kit is immeasurably better. My son took up the gauntlet of giving gifts to his teachers for Christmas. He made a gingerbread house kit as a gift for his teachers last year and is planning on doing the same this year. This year, though, he is doing it more and more by himself. We made the dough together, but he is–with some instruction from mom–rolling out the dough and baking it. What a man! (A man who knows his way around a kitchen is a gift.) Along with the pieces (2 roof pieces, a front and back piece, and 2 side walls), there is a bag of gum drops, icing cement (just add water), and simple directions. (We built this house back in 2010. We used candy we already had in the house. If you’re wondering, we know gummy worms and lego candy bricks* are not traditional gingerbread house decorations. But we had a blast making it…and eating it.)

If you want to make your own gingerbread house kit, here’s what you need:

Gingerbread dough: I have been using the recipe from Make-a-mix* or here is one from Food Network that also has dimensions for a simple house. A house template: You can make one yourself, use a mold (I have this one*, but it makes a very large house, or you can try DIY style¬†here, here, or here) Cement icing (or royal icing) ingredients: powdered sugar and meringue powder* or you can buy a royal icing powder mix*. Here is a simple recipe for cement icing that I use. When I make my kits, I premix the powdered sugar and meringue powder. I divide the recipe in half because a full 4 cups of powdered sugar makes a lot of icing. Candy: Here are some ideas: gumdrops, smarties, m&m’s, sprinkles. You don’t want the candy to be too large for the house. (You can gather the supplies yourself or buy a gingerbread candy kit* to go with your house. It’s a quick answer for gingerbread decorating candy.)

Directions: Here is a sample of the directions my son wrote–

Icing Cement: To make icing cement, add 1 and a half tablespoons of warm water and beat with a mixer until icing forms peaks (7-10 minutes on low). Gingerbread House: The longer rectangles are the roof pieces. The shorter ones are the sides.Once the house is assembled, dried, and the candy is put on, Enjoy! Merry Christmas from

Plate: You need a plate or tray to put the gingerbread house cookie pieces as well as bags of candy, cement icing, and directions. Last year, the kits were well received. I know that teachers don’t want to be overwhelmed with baked goods for Christmas (I did teach in a classroom for a couple of years), but this kind of gift gives the recipient an opportunity to have a little fun and share (or not). I hope this is helpful. You may want to make one for your family or invite some friends over for a gingerbread house making party.

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