Gingerbread Houses Avon Lake OH

Gingerbread Houses may not be a holiday staple for many families, but it’s definitely one of the best Christmas treats to make during the holidays. It doesn’t really matter what you plan to do with the Gingerbread Houses; in the end, it’s really all about coming together to build the house as a group or a family.

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Walmart
(440) 937-4750
35901 Chester Road
Avon, OH
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North Olmsted, OH
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Sheffield Lake Giant Eagle
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4100 Ivanhoe Road
Sheffield Lake, OH
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Gingerbread Houses

Gingerbread Houses may not be a holiday staple for many families, but it’s definitely one of the best Christmas treats to make during the holidays. It doesn’t really matter what you plan to do with the Gingerbread Houses; in the end, it’s really all about coming together to build the house as a group or a family. Although there are already ready made Gingerbread Houses in the market today, nothing can beat the experience of making and house designing your own Gingerbread house.

Materials for Gingerbread Houses

You will need a lot of materials for Gingerbread Houses—so much so that the cost and effort may scare you into buying ready made ones instead. However, it’s really all about the experience of making the Gingerbread Houses rather than the finished product itself. Let’s first look at the materials for the house itself. You will need:



  • Around six ounces buttermilk and three ounces butter

  • Six ounces of molasses

  • Eight ounces sugar

  • About 22 ounces of all-purpose flour

  • A large egg

  • Ginger

  • Cinnamon

  • Baking soda

  • Salt


First off, place the butter and buttermilk in a saucepan and heat until the butter has melted. After heating, add the molasses, egg (beat the egg into the mixture), and brown sugar. Whisk one tsp of salt, baking soda ginger, and cinnamon and add it into the mix. Add a cup of flour as well. Mix and stir the ingredients until everything is incorporated, then slowly add the flour a cup at a time, mixing it after every mix to make sure it is properly incorporated into the wet mixture. The final product should be stiff, flexible, and smooth. It shouldn’t be sticky; otherwise, you’ll have problems with Gingerbread House designing and the Gingerbread House building. In any case, divide your final mixture (the dough) into half and let it chill in the refrigerator. For better results, wrap the dough in plastic then flatten it. After half an hour of chilling, you’re ready to use your dough for Gingerbread House construction.

Preparation for Gingerbread house building

Before making the bread, you need to concentrate on the actual form of the house. You can use cardboard to form the pattern for your Gingerbread Houses. Simply cut the cardboard as your house model. Here, remember to make two side walls (make sure it has windows and a door), two pointed end walls, and two roof panels. When you cut out the doors and windows from the dough, remember that you can still use this for other Gingerbread creations later on. Some additional details such as chimney pieces for the Gingerbread Houses as well as some people and trees may work. After this, you are ready to bake the pieces for your Gingerbread Houses. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Spread your wax paper, dust it with some flour, and roll out your dough on it. Add flour on top of your dough and then continue rolling it. If it’s still soft, consider freezing it some more. While the prescribed chilling time in this recipe is 30 minutes, it’ll be more convenient to freeze the dough well enough for convenient Gingerbread House building and designing.

After this, use your pre-cut cardboard patterns and use this as your guide when cutting the dough. At this stage, it is really important to make sure your dough isn’t too soft and sticky since it might make the wax paper stick to the dough. In this case, you will probably have to use scissors. After this, you’re ready to bake the Gingerbread House pieces. Large Gingerbread House pieces (such as the walls) should be baked for 15 minutes, more or less, while the small pieces should be baked for around eight minutes. If needed, rotate the sheets to ensure proper browning of the Gingerbread House pieces. Let the sheets cool for 15 minutes or so then use the icing to hold it together.

Gingerbread House building

With all the parts ready, you’re all set to build the house! Pick a base for the house. If you want it to be completely edible, a flat cookie would do the trick. Pipe the icing on the edges of the pieces then press it against their edges until their completely set in place. However, it should be noted that it is best to do the walls first before you attempt to add the roof. Wait for an hour or so before you continue with the roof, as the icing “adhesive” wouldn’t be hard enough to support all that weight. Continue the process until you’re done with the entire Gingerbread House.

If you don’t know how to make the icing, here’s how: whisk two egg whites and one and one-third cups of powdered sugar. Add the remaining one and one-third cups of sugar then beat it using a mixer until it forms stiff peaks—and you’re ready to go (just make sure it’s not dried out until you use it).

Gingerbread House theme design

At this point, you can now decorate your Gingerbread Houses. Remember that you’re not stuck with the plain house design either; you can create a motel for whatever house you want according to your preferred Gingerbread House theme design. Use other colored candy as decors for the Gingerbread House, and bake other Gingerbread pieces to make your creation more colorful and attractive.

If you cannot bake or do not have an oven, you can use cardboard for the Gingerbread House creation, with graham crackers for decoration (to make it look less like a cardboard house). Here, you can use candies and other edible pieces for your creation. You can still even use the icing mentioned above for your work! Of course, you can also resort to asking for gingerbread foundations from your local baker. You will still need to create and decorate the Gingerbread House, but at least you wouldn’t have to bake your own bread.

In the end, of course, the idea here is to have fun and enjoy both the Gingerbread Houses and the process of making the Gingerbread Houses.

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