Gingerbread Houses

The leftovers are almost gone.  The turkey carcass is simmering away in preparation for soup, and I am ready to get this party started.

I usually don’t do the whole Black Friday shopping extravaganza.  I don’t really like crowds, but I understand the tradition people have around the day and the excitement of a good deal.

  On Friday we did our traditional gingerbread house decorating.  These houses are never very fancy, and would never win any contests.  They are a fun way to spend some time with the family.  We put on Christmas music and eat candy.  It doesn’t get better than that.

The gingerbread house makes the whole kitchen smell good.  It’s like potpourri.

We eat it on Christmas Day … dust and all.

I follow this recipe from the Food Network using molasses.  I make the Royal Icing with Wilton’s Meringue Powder.  I have this thing about raw eggs.  The candy is different every year, but the roof is usually Necco Wafers or Nonpareils.  It’s a tradition.


  1. says

    I haven’t made a gingerbread house in years, but you’ve got me wanting to get one in the oven. It sounds like a wonderful tradition!

  2. says

    Hi Mary,

    You’ve inspired me! Going to make a gingerbread house! Flying to Canada tomorrow – yes, we’ll be home for Christmas, yay!! Will sit down with my daughter and nephew and build ourselves a little village!

    Love the ‘stone’ fireplace and wholly agree with you re: the raw egg jitters. Thanks for sharing!

    Poppy :)