Gingerbread House Decorating Tips

gingerbreadGingerbread houses are a lot of fun, and kids really love them. But really, baking the gingerbread can be such a pain the neck. Who really wants to do that? Don’t you wish you could just skip ahead to the decorating? You can, with Gingerbread Traditions!

Pre-baked gingerbread house kits from Gingerbread Traditions make building gingerbread houses as easy as it gets. They let your kids get down to what they really want to do, which is to decorate the whole thing. So let’s talk about how to decorate a gingerbread house.

What You’ll Need
Candies…plenty of them, as many as you can get. Gumdrops, red licorice, chocolate kisses, hard candies…the list goes on! Unwrap them all and place each type into separate bowls. The last thing you want to do is to unwrap the candies while the royal icing starts hardening.

What You Need To Do
Set the house on top of a box or large book while you’re decorating it. You should be sitting, and the house should be at your eye level, while you decorate your gingerbread house.

Gingerbread House Decorating Tips

Roofs – Use gum drops or vanilla wafers. Mini cookies and Frosted Mini Wheats serve the purpose as well.

Shutters – You will need wafer cookies, mini candy bars, and perhaps sticks of gum.

Fences – Consider pretzels – both chocolate-covered pretzels and regular mini pretzels. You may want to add mini gingerbread men as well.

Trees and bushes – Try green spearmint leaves.
Smoke – Use cotton balls or quilt batting.

Snow – Use confectioners’ sugar. There’s also something called edible glitter, which is available at some stores. You may want to use that as well.

Logs – Try mini Tootsie Rolls – they fit the part perfectly.

Finally, for added effect, use foil-wrapped chocolate toy soldiers, snowmen and Santa.

Once you have all of your candies, you’re ready to start decorating! Here’s what to do next…

Fill the Pastry Bag with Royal Icing
Once you’ve decided on your candy decorations, fill up a pastry bag with Royal Icing. Keep the tip of the bag covered with a damp paper towel to prevent the icing from hardening.

Let’s get started with the decorations!
First, cover the seams of the gingerbread house with candies. Use green-colored spearmint leaves to form trees and bushes at all four corners. Decorate the front door with cookies; use unwrapped Andes mints to form the steps and form windows and shutters with the icing.

Next, decorate the back of the gingerbread house with as many candies as you can get your hands on. Just go crazy here!

Now, let’s start filling up the base of the gingerbread house with more candies, held together with Royal Icing snow.
What about the roof of the gingerbread house? Spread a thin layer of Royal Icing evenly on the roof. Add cookies and gum drops here.

That’s it! The decorating is done. Now allow the gingerbread house to stand for an hour before letting the kids have their way with it! Mmmm…what a tasty house!

Gingerbread Traditions is based in Oregon and delivers the most delicious and highly creative gourmet gingerbread kits shipped directly to you. Any gingerbread house kit made by Gingerbread Traditions makes for a fun and exciting gift for friends and family – kids as well as adults. Order your own pre-baked gingerbread kits online today!