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How to make the best gingerbread house

How to make the best gingerbread house

Gingerbread houses are a classic holiday tradition, but they don’t come easy. Think you’re up to the challenge? Here’s how to make your best gingerbread house yet!

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1. Buy the right gingerbread cookies.

  • Buy the right gingerbread cookies.

You’ll want to make sure that you’re buying quality cookies, so it’s important that you buy them from a store with high standards for freshness and quality control. It’s best if you can find organic gingersnaps (or other types of cookie) that are made with no added ingredients like preservatives or artificial flavorings, but if this isn’t possible at your local grocery store then look for one that offers gluten-free options as well as vegan ones. Just make sure they’re not too sweet!

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2. Get creative with forms and designs.

  • Use a template to create a basic shape.
  • You can also use cookie cutters to make shapes.
  • Use cookie cutters to make windows and doors, which you can decorate with icing or candy pieces.
  • Create decorations and details by using toothpicks or mini marshmallows dipped in melted chocolate, then let them set before adding them onto your gingerbread house!
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3. Choose the right icing colors, recipe, and consistency.

Once you have your gingerbread house, it’s time to decorate. When choosing the right icing colors, it’s important to remember that royal icing is not frosting. It dries hard and can be difficult to work with if it’s too thick. To make sure you have the right consistency for decorating, add food coloring until you get an intense color that matches your gingerbread house perfectly.

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4. Make sure you have the right tools to decorate your masterpiece.

  • Baking tools. You’ll need a set of cookie cutters if you want to make your own gingerbread shapes.
  • Decorating tools. If you want your house to look like something other than an oversized brown brick, invest in some decorating tips and bags for piping on icing in different designs and patterns.
  • Cutting tools. You can use scissors or a knife (or both) to cut out windows, doors, roof tiles and more–just make sure they’re sharp enough not to crush any delicate gingerbread pieces!
  • Applying icing in layers: If your house has multiple levels of design work that require more than one coat of royal icing between each layer, try using a paintbrush instead of a pastry bag so that everything stays neat looking without getting messy from excess moisture from piping bags filled with liquids like milk or watery frostings made from powdered sugar alone.”
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5. Layer with care to keep your decorations looking great while they last.

You’re almost done! Now it’s time to decorate your house.

  • Spread the icing on with a butter knife, then scrape off excess with a spatula or rubber spatula.
  • Don’t worry about being neat–you can use any method that works for you, but don’t stress out over getting crumbs in the icing or getting some on your fingers. It’s part of the fun!

Making a gingerbread house is a great holiday tradition that can be fun for kids and adults alike!

Making a gingerbread house is a great holiday tradition that can be fun for kids and adults alike!

It’s also an easy way to get your kids involved in holiday traditions. It’s something they can do with their friends, or even just with you as they get older. Plus, it’s always nice spending time together during the holidays!

If you’re looking at this article because you have no idea where to start making one of these things–don’t worry! I’ve got all sorts of tips on how best to go about building your own gingerbread house this year without having any prior experience doing so (or even knowing where all the pieces go).

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If you’re looking to make a gingerbread house this holiday season, we hope these tips will help you plan your creation. The most important thing is to have fun with it!

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