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7 Gingerbread Houses to Buy

7 Gingerbread Houses to Buy

When you just don’t have the time for frosting, glue, and a cookie fence

Set your table with these adorably sweet gingerbread houses.

Making and decorating gingerbread houses together as a family is a traditional pastime for many during the holidays. Although in reality, not many eat the whole house, they're something to marvel at when they're done, aren't they?

The downside to hectic schedules, too many extra-curricular activities, and long work days can be that free time is scarce. Maybe there isn’t enough time to build a house of your own, but that doesn’t mean the holiday fun has to stop.

Plenty of gourmet sites like Williams-Sonoma and Sur La Table have gingerbread houses for sale. And while they maybe a little too perfect, without that droopy roof your brother is known for or your dad’s impeccable candy cane walkway, they certainly bring the Christmas cheer.

We’ve rounded up a few of our favorites that are for purchase. Whether you're adding one to your own home or sending one to your sister who lives a few hours away, these are fantastic holiday sentiments, not to mention delicious.

5 Ways to Decorate the Best Gingerbread House EVER

Nothing says the holidays like gingerbread house decorations. But, sometimes we’d rather skip the making-the-house part. Lucky for us, the folks at Dylan’s Candy Bar have a pre-assembled gingerbread house just waiting to be decorated like the dickens. Each gingerbread house comes with a bunch of festive candies, but we hit up Dylan’s Candy Bar in person to stock up on even more gummy candies, candy canes and a whole collection of colorful candy accoutrements.

Armed with more candy than you’ve even seen in person before, we created five gorgeous gingerbread houses: Candy Cane, Emerald City, Stripes + Lights, Color Blocked Craziness and Gold Rush.

First thing’s first: get yourself a gingerbread house and mix up a batch of royal icing.

Then, it’s time for CANDY. Seriously.

Now, let’s start tricking out these houses!

Assorted Christmas Candies

Dylan’s Candy Bar Signature Holiday Paint Can ($30), as well as gumdrops, peppermints and candy canes.

CANDY CANE Gingerbread House

You’re going to need a LOT of royal icing to stick on all the little candies! Make sure you’ve got two piping bags per house, just in case. We created a scalloped roof complete with red polka dots. Candy canes flank the door, welcoming you in, and we’re particularly in love with the sour gummy hedges in the front.

Add your finishing touches.

So obsessed with this roof.

Dylan’s Candy Bar Tackle Box

Mini Bin Filled with Mini Gumballs ($16) to pull out tons of green goodies.

EMERALD CITY GingerBread House

The roof of your gingerbread house is definitely the best canvas for creativity. We created polka dot and squiggly stripes on this green roof. And sour gummy shutters? Yes please.

How fun are those fish at the top of the door? Sort of remind us of Eureeka’s castle.

Holiday Lights Chocolate Covered Sunflower Seeds

Dylan’s Candy Bar Wizard of Oz “Over the Rainbow” Paint Can ($16) to create our striped roof.

STRIPES + LIGHTS GingerBread House

Cut up gummy stripes to be the same length as your roof. Use royal icing to attach. Create icing windows and adorn with rainbow shutters.

Then use royal icing to create a string for your “lights” to hang on.

We couldn’t resist creating a few Christmasy hedges in the front of the house, complete with bright pink lights on top.

It almost looks too good to eat.

Dylan’s Candy Bar Signature Holiday Tackle Box

Dylan’s Candy Bar Tackle Box ($24), Dylan’s Candy Bar Everything Under the Sun Paint Can ($16) and Dylan’s Candy Bar Whirly Pops ($3.25 each).

COLOR BLOCKED Gingerbread House

We started with a criss-cross roof and embellished with floral candies.

Then, it’s time to add color everywhere you possibly can.

One fish, two fish, blue fish, blue fish!

Finally, we’re bringing the gold rush back with this minimalist design. The gingerbread dudes from Dylan’s Signature Holiday Paint Can ($17) are what really take this sleek look to the next level.

GOLD RUSH Gingerbread House

First cover the roof with icing, then add in gold stars. Use white chocolate-covered pretzels on the front of the house, and make sure to make dripping icicles out of your icing.

To finish it off, add snow piles around the house to give it a truly wintery vibe.

Done and done. And complete with a gummy gingerbread dude welcoming you in. Go ahead and pop a kiss off the top — we won’t tell.

And there you have it. Five ways to decorate the best gingerbread house ever.

If you're simply too busy this holiday season to bake up your own gingerbread, then take a shortcut with graham crackers instead. The crispy cookies work best for smaller houses, perfect for little kids' hands. Royal icing still works best to cement everything together for the perfect graham cracker gingerbread houses.

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Decorate a Gingerbread Houseand make a little Magic!

Decorating a gingerbread house is magical. the smell. the taste. the creativity and freedom you feel while building your own, colorful dream home! There's nothing like it for getting "visions of sugar-plums" dancing around in your head! Building and decorating a gingerbread house is a wonderful tradition for kids to grow up with. Best of all, it let's us adults rekindle that magic for a little while!

We've built and decorated our own gingerbread creations, of course, AND we've visited many contests to bring you the best of the best (and the strangest of the strange!) Best of all, other visitors to this site have shared hundreds of photos and stories of their own, making it truly a community effort! Did you ever think you'd be part of a gingerbread community?? Well, you are now!

No More "Cookie Cutter" Gingerbread House Patterns

There's a place to request a particular pattern or vote on other people's suggestions, and we can even build you your own custom-designed template if you wish!

Here are a few of our gingerbread house patterns. Click on any of them to go to our templates page to buy.

Click here to view our testimonials and see the beautiful houses our customers have built with our gingerbread patterns.

Fondant and Gum Paste and Marzipan. Oh my!

Since the decorating techniques are virtually the same, our site has grown to include more and more cookie and cake decorating ideas and tips as well. We share recipes and tips for working with fondant, marzipan, gum paste, pastillage, pulled sugar, sugar paste, and molded chocolate.

Visitors have contributed their own cake decorating pictures, tips, comments, and ideas. And not just photos of cake decorating patterns but all kinds of clever creations made out of edible clays.

There's even a lively section where visitors ask (and answer) questions about decorating techniques.

Our pages on fondant, gum paste, marzipan. can help you learn which sugar craft "clay" to use for each kind of decorating. You'll get recipes and learn skills that you can use for cake decorating as well as gingerbread!

The Best Edible Gifts

Gingerbread makes terrific edible Christmas gifts of course! From gingerbread house kits to personalized, decorated gingerbread houses, your friends and family will LOVE getting gifts this year that don't clutter up their house!

But edible gifts are not only perfect for the holidays. Gingerbread (homemade or purchased) can be added to fruit baskets and other edible gourmet gifts any time of year.

Get inspired by our edible gifts pages.

Gingerbread isn't just for Christmas anymore.

Of course we have loads of Christmas gingerbread and other holiday ideas, from easy kids Christmas cookies recipes to how to decorate christmas cookies like a pro.

But we also share plans and patterns for lots of non-holiday edible decorating ideas, as well as ginger recipes and even how to grow your own ginger.

Want the fun, but not the work?

Anyone who's built a gingerbread house from scratch knows that it can take quite a bit of effort (even an entire weekend sometimes!) to get the house ready for decorating. Whether you want the full experience of house creation or just want to do the "fun part" - only decorating - we'll share all the ideas and experience YOU need to make sure you have FUN and not frustration along the way!

Look around these pages and try out some of our many patterns, recipes and decorating ideas. Then, share photos and comments about your OWN edible projects. With this site, we hope you'll find yourself in Gingerbread Heaven!

Gingerbread Questions

Have questions about how to create perfect see-through windows, how long gingerbread lasts, how to make curved gingerbread, or how to keep gingerbread walls from sagging over time? These (and more) questions have probably already been asked (and answered) on one of our gingerbread questions pages. Make sure to answer a question or two when you ask one to pay it forward!

Gingerbread Photos

One of the things I'm most proud of with this site is the terrific collection of gingerbread photos we've accumulated over the past 6 years! It all started with my personal photos from contests I'd attended and my own creations, and it's now grown to thousands of photos that visitors to this site have shared (such as the photo contributions below!), along with tips on how they created their masterpieces! Check out our photo pages (and make sure to add comments of encouragement to the visitor-shared pictures!):

Caked Alaska shows us how to make a beautiful graham cracker gingerbread house (unlike my ramshackle shanty town houses). And this post from Kelley Moore is also lovely.

Oh my goodness! These are most definitely not for making with little kids, but what a show stopper! Couldn’t resist sharing these beauties from Not Martha.

Old Fashioned Gingerbread Recipe

Nothing makes a house smell more like Christmas than the sweet and spicy aroma of a freshly baked pan of gingerbread. We&rsquore not talking about the crisp cookies or the houses covered in icing and candy. The taste of those holiday delights just can&rsquot compare to a slice of tender, richly spiced gingerbread cake. The practice of baking and sharing gingerbread originated in Europe several hundred years ago and then made its way to the colonial South as families immigrated to the region and brought their recipes and traditions with them. Ginger from Asia and dried spices such as cinnamon, nutmeg, mace, allspice, and cloves arrived by ship into Southern ports and traveled inland because they were easy to transport and store. Whole dried spices kept well and retained their flavor and aroma for months. When combined with affordable sweeteners (like molasses or honey) and farmstead staples (such as butter and eggs), gingerbread could be made by home bakers when more expensive ingredients were not an option, which is why it became a wildly popular dessert. If you don't have all the ground spices on hand, you can substitute two teaspoons of pumpkin pie spice along with the black pepper.

The Best Gingerbread House Dough

This is a base recipe for strong gingerbread dough that is perfect for building houses. This recipe makes enough dough to fit in one standard 18” x 13” baking sheet. You will need to measure your house template of choice to determine how much dough you need to make (for example, we had to make a 6x batch to make enough dough for our house.)

In a medium bowl or the bowl of an electric mixer, combine all of the ingredients, except for the flour, and mix on low speed until well combined (be careful not to whip the mixture or it might spread in the oven!)

Add in the flour and stir until just combined, then turn the dough out onto a lightly floured surface and knead until smooth and not sticky to the touch.

Dust a piece of parchment paper (cut to fit your baking sheet) and the surface of the dough with a little more flour and roll out to just slightly thicker than ⅛” thick. Carefully slide the rolled dough and parchment onto a baking sheet.

Using your gingerbread house template of choice, score each piece in the dough, but leave a 1” border of scrap dough around each cut. This will help ensure your dough doesn’t spread! Remove any excess dough beyond the border and save it to re-roll.

Bake for about 25 minutes, until the cookie is dry to the touch. As soon as you remove it from the oven, score over your initial cut marks again to cut all the way through. Cool the whole cookie (scraps included!) until it is crisp and dry, then simply snap off the scraps and either enjoy them as a snack or reserve for future baking projects.

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More ideas!

  • We love Easy Origami for kids. Turn the classic “Paper house” into these fabulous 3D Paper Gingerbread Houses by Hello Wonderful
  • Simple Gingerbread House Collage Craft with Printable – Nurture Store
  • Printable Gingerbread House Craft – cut and colour all your shapes and then assemble your Gingerbread House. These would make great little greeting cards too! Keeping Life Creative
  • Gorgeously simple and rustic Wood Gingerbread House Village – probably something for the older crafter! Everyday Mom Ideas
  • Cute Gingerbread House Brown Paper Bag Packaging – TikKiddo
  • Many moons ago, we made some Juice Carton Fairy Houses. I love this take on them and how you can turn them into Paper Gingerbread House that Lights Up! – Pint Sized Treasures
  • Another for the older crafter. Learn how to Paint a Gingerbread House – Step-by-Step Painting

What do you think? Aren’t they cute? I love them all! And can’t wait to have a go at some of those ornaments.

Watch the video: JEG KØBER MIN FØRSTE BIL (January 2022).