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How To Make A Gingerbread House

A Sweet Treat

While gingerbread’s illustrious past originated over 1,000 years ago in Northern Europe–and thanks to a traveling Armenian monk–modern bakers around the globe have found the most delightful ways to give this spice-laden cake the treatment it deserves.

In the United States, we have happily adopted this inexpensive, yet intensely flavorful spice into our gallery of divine holiday scents and traditions. By mixing ginger with sugar and other baking essentials, gingerbread in its many forms–particularly in the sweet small cottages–has made its way into our Christmas-adoring hearts as we have come up with myriad forms and designs.

One of the best ways to pay homage to this treat that elicits our sense of childlike joy and wonder is to construct a quaint gingerbread house or cottage. You can choose from a few different methods in tackling your mini-habitat.


While much of the recipe for your gingerbread house will lie in your hands, you can easily put up the walls of your gingerbread house by buying a box of graham crackers. These prefab panels make it easy to create a foundation upon which you can add your own lights and other decorations. This method is not for purists, but if you are in a time crunch, this will help you add your own touches where it counts.


Even simpler than buying a box of graham crackers is visiting your local grocer to find a full gingerbread house kit that features an array of baubles, ornaments and other decorations that will make your house complete. However, your house will not have your own personal stamp and touch, but it will still look adorable and taste delicious.


True Christmas lovers cannot resist creating their gingerbread house from scratch, from the foundation to the tip of the chimney. If this sounds like you, you might need some ideas on getting started in creating the gingerbread house you envision.

Start with our house dough by combining flour, ginger powder, soda salt, honey, sugar, water, eggs, full-cream milk and white chocolate. If you prefer a darker color for your gingerbread house, add some cocoa powder to the mix. Mix everything together then chill before creating forms that you need, such as panels, window panes and other decorative features. Chill those before baking.

Next, work on your green tea microsponge by combining egg whites, castor sugar, almond meal, flour, yogurt and green tea powder in a blender until smooth. Chill this mixture before cooking it in the microwave for 45 seconds. After that time, you can cut out wall panels and roof tiles for your gingerbread house.

The fun begins when the basic construction is complete. Add all types of candies, morsel chips of all flavors, sprinkles and anything else that piques your fancy for your sweet creation.

Once you finish construction of your gingerbread house masterpiece and have done some well-earned noshing, treat yourself and your family to an evening of NH fine dining to celebrate the holiday season while nestled away for a short stay in the White Mountains of New Hampshire.