Gingerbread House Decorating Ideas

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Read through a variety of options
for decorating your gingerbread house
using Ginger's Breadboys Gingerbread House Kit.

Gingerbread House | Ginger's BreadboysYour Ginger’s Breadboys Gingerbread House Kit provides a variety of options to decorate your gingerbread house. Creativity and imagination are yours to explore. We’ve given you a few tools in the kit to help you along the way; here's how to use them all.

Helpful hints and suggestions for decorating your gingerbread house.

Dough Cutter Shapes

  • use your shapes for cutouts or impressions.  Impressions provide guidelines for icing later.
  • make round, square or diamond-shaped windows.
  • use the square cutter and cut in half to make window shutters
  • use the larger round cutter as an impression for a wreath
  • use the small round cutter for path pavers or roof shingles. Roof requires 96 shingles (8 rows across x 6 down = 48) x 2 roof panels = 96)

Embossers

Your gingerbread house kit comes with two dough embossers:

  • Use the blue cobblestone embosser on the side panels to create that stone cottage effect.
  • Use the pink diamond embosser to create a guide on the roof for icing later.
  • Liberally dust the embosser with either flour or powdered sugar before pressing into dough so that it won’t stick.
  • Do not press embosser all the way through the dough as it will weaken the panel.

Glass-effect Windows

Cut out the dough for your windows on your side panel. Break a piece of the hard candy and place the pieces inside the opening before baking. Voila! A glass window into your gingerbread house.

Builder's Toolkit

To construct and decorate your gingerbread house with Royal Icing, we've included four (4) decorating tubes, two (2) pastry bags, green food coloring, meringue powder and a great recipe for Royal Icing that dries hard and fast. The options for decorating are endless.

  • Pipe a bead along the sides and ends of the panels using tube #7 for constructing your gingerbread house.
  • Outline your windows with decorating tube #4
  • Use the basket weave decorating tube #48 with either green or white icing to pipe shutters for your windows
  • Use the #30 decorating tube to create 'rosettes' that are perfect for planting a gum drop, creating a border or wreath, or simply a splash of color
  • To create a bush, ball up some aluminum foil and cover it in green rosettes

Dusting

Dust your creation with either granulated or powdered sugar for that snow-kissed or ice-kissed look.

  • Before dusting with granulated sugar, wet a pastry brush with water and lightly brush the roof and other areas to be dusted so that the granulated sugar will stick.
  • To dust with powdered sugar, use a sifter or metal strainer and lightly tap the sides to shake powdered sugar over the house.

Window Shutters

  • use the square cutter and cut out a piece of dough. cut in half to make window shutters
  • use the basket weave decorating tube with either green or white icing to pipe shutters for your windows

Front Walkway/Path

  • Use Red Hots as pebbles in a white icing background to create a path.
  • Create cookie pavers with the small round cutter.

Helpful Hints:

  • Before dusting with granulated sugar, wet a pastry brush with water and lightly brush the roof and other areas to be dusted so that the granulated sugar will stick.
  • To dust with powdered sugar, use a sifter or metal strainer and lightly tap the sides to shake powdered sugar over house.
  • If your peppermint stick is broken, use a touch of royal icing to ‘glue’ it together before affixing to the corners of the gingerbread house.
  • Decorate the sides and the end panels prior to putting the house together. Then allow to dry completely before assembling the house.
  • Decorate roof after house has been constructed
  • Use the pink diamond embosser on roof panel to create guides for icing.
  • Liberally dust the embossers with powdered sugar before pressing into dough so that it won’t stick.
  • Do not press embosser all the way through the dough as it will weaken the panel.
  • Store baked panels before decorating with wax paper between pieces