Saturday, December 12, 2009

'Tis the Season for Gingerbread Houses

Gingerbread houses make kids so excited!  They are little, tasty, and beautiful even before they are decorated. This year I used cutters made especially for gingerbread houses.  Cut two of each cutter and you'll have enough for a house.  Now everyone will tell you to use royal icing to assemble these houses.  I am hear to tell you that there is an easier and fast way.  Chocolate.  I used white chocolate melts that you can find at any craft store.  The chocolate hardens much faster then royal icing, and it holds much stronger.  I suggest doing all your baking two days in advance.  All of your pieces will have plenty of time to cool properly.  One day before decorating, do your assembly to give your houses plenty of time to dry.

With the left over scraps of gingerbread, I used mini Christmas cutters and made various shapes for the kids to use as decorations on their houses.

You do, however, still want to use royal icing for the decorations.  For royal icing beat together
3 tablespoons of meringue powder
 4 cups of powdered sugar
 and 6 tablespoons of water. 
 Super simple.  Put a scoop of royal icing into the number of sandwich bags needed. Use scissors to snap off the very end.  You don't want the hole to be too large.

Pick out your kids' favorite gingerbread treats

Bowbas and Teeters' friends M and Mr. H came over to decorate houses with us.  Teeter thought she was in Heaven.  She loved every second of it.  I am surprised her house is still standing she put so much candy on it.

Last year when we decorated houses we had so much candy left over.  Teeter made sure that didn't happen this year.  There isn't one piece left over.

She did an excellent job! And their friend M did an excellent job as well.

So much fun and a wonderful Christmas memory for my girls and their friends!

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