By Christine Fallucco
Mud Fire Cooking School

Nothing will create greater family cooking traditions, be more fun or bring out the creative side of you and your child more than making with them a gingerbread house for the Christmas holiday season.

Planning for this special event ensures the most enjoyable experience. In advance, set aside a couple of hours for this special activity. Prepare your shopping list. Buy all items you want or need in advance of making your family’s gingerbread house. Think about music that you want to play during the assembling and any drinks you want to serve to add to the ambience. Hot chocolate and hot apple cider with cinnamon are obvious favorites for your little one.

Identify a place in the house where you have room for spreading out all ingredients and you are comfortable with making a mess that you can easily sweep up or wipe away. Know where you can display the masterpiece you and your child have made. It will be important for him or her to regularly see the great piece you made together and to show off to any guests that visit your home. Lastly, plan to take photos or video of creating your gingerbread house. Together, you’ll treasure viewing and reliving your experience.

Ingredients

  • White icing (store bought icing is thick enough)
  • White boards (white foam core poster board from Michael’s cut in quarters at FedEx Kinkos – the base for your house)
  • Empty containers of Half & Half and rinse (for your house)
  • Gingerbread crackers
  • Candy (peppermints, candy bars for walk-way, candy canes, dots, twizzlers, etc.)
  • Sugar cones (for trees)
  • Frosted mini wheats cereal (tile for roof)

Assembly Tips

Spread icing all over empty half & half container and adhere to quartered white foam core board. Stick Gingerbread crackers onto icing to make walls and roof. Ice rooftop and adhere frosted mini wheats for tile. Ice sugar cones adhere to board with some icing and decorate with candy to make trees. Spread icing where needed on house to adhere squares of candy bar to make door and windows. Use other candy pieces to decorate house and white quartered board. To adhere any candy to board use the white icing.

Collin Kelley

Collin Kelley has been the editor of Atlanta Intown for two decades and has been a journalist and freelance writer for 35 years. He’s also an award-winning poet and novelist.