Christmas decorations are a true staple of the holiday season, positioned side by side with the Christmas tree. But many times we post so many pictures of awesome Christmas trees and lighted houses that we fail to honor another Christmas staple, the beloved craft of the gingerbread house.
Gingerbread houses are edible Christmas decorations that are painstaking to create and an absolute pleasure to behold. The skill that is used in creating gingerbread houses is not bestowed upon just anyone, and often gingerbread houses become the main focal point of a home. Kids love to imagine eating the candied walkways and windows, and adults admire the talent and time, reminiscing childhood storybook memories.
Days, sometimes weeks of work, get put into the most impressive gingerbread houses of the season. Here is a quick recipe for a gingerbread house:
- Mix 1/2 stick of butter, 1/2 cup of brown sugar, 1/4 cup of molasses, 1 tablespoon of cinnamon, 1 tablespoon of ginger, 1 and 1/2 teaspoon of cloves, and 1 teaspoon of baking soda into a firm mixture
- Roll the gingerbread dough out onto a cookie sheet and, using a straight edged knife, cut out pieces of the house, such as the walls
- Bake at 375 degrees for 15 minutes
- Use pieces to construct a house, utilizing icing as adhesive
- Decorate as desired
Below are some of the gingerbread houses we tip our hat to, so find inspiration from the pictures. These are gingerbread houses with Christmas decorations!