Start a Holiday Tradition with Pre-Baked Gingerbread Houses

valentines dayThe best part of building a gingerbread house is decorating it with icing, candies, and other edible treats. Families with children of all ages create holiday traditions around building one every year, and even pass the tradition down through the generations. With pre-baked gingerbread house pieces, the time-consuming part of actually mixing and cooking the walls, roof pieces and doors of the house are handled for you. All that is left is the construction and adding all of the yummy decorations.

Holidays are the perfect time for enjoying sweet treats, handmade crafts and fun times together. Everyone in the family, from the grandparents down to the youngest child, can get in on the action of building a decorated gingerbread house together. Pre-baked gingerbread walls, roofs and other construction pieces can make the process so much more fun. Just imagine taking the time to bake the flat gingerbread, and then having difficulty getting it off the pan, having it crack or break, or coming out too soft to hold up the structure. Your fun holiday tradition would be ruined.

The tradition can extend to using the same pre-baked gingerbread house pieces every year, although there are many different styles and sizes available to choose from. Still, the classic four-walled cottage is perfect for the widest variety of decorating styles. With a little imagination and the right additions, you can turn it into everything from a log cabin in the woods to a pretty white church with stained-glass windows.

Pre-baked gingerbread house kits come in various sizes that will help you and your family make a large decoration fit for a table centerpiece, or small individual houses that can be part of a village display. They are perfect for church events and holiday parties as well, since every kid and adult can get their own small home to decorate.

valentines sweetsNo matter which pre-baked options you decide to purchase for your family, make sure to stock up on plenty of candy and other snacks to decorate with. Some great options include pretzel sticks, candy canes, chocolate pebbles that look like rocks, gumdrops and other gummy shapes, assorted peppermints, and fruit stars and thin wafers for the roof tiles.

Proper icing for gluing them all together is also important. The base of the icing is always confectioners’ or powdered sugar, but different recipes call for water, white meringue powder or egg whites. Whichever you choose to make, make sure the icing is not too runny or too thick, so your gingerbread house holds together but does not look like a gloppy mess.

As you build holiday traditions with your children year after year, consider one of the most popular ones loved by many over the centuries: building and decorating a gingerbread house. With pre-baked gingerbread house pieces, the most difficult and boring part of the craft is done for you. All that is left is to brew some hot cocoa, put on your favorite holiday music or movies, and sit around the table making the sweetest holiday decoration that is good enough to eat.