Photo Credit: Jack Deutsch
This house starts with a pre-baked kit, available at your local craft store. Mine measures about 7 inches wide, 7 inches deep and 6 1/2 inches high. These kits usually come with some candy decorations, but I recommend shopping for additional treats to make it more special. I also had to make some additional royal icing.
Kits are highly recommended unless you have lots of time to spare, since all of the sides and roof pieces are cut to size and are baked at the same thickness. And after baking many a gingerbread house, I have to say, it’s all in the decorating anyway!
Board for assembling house
One gingerbread house
Trimmings (besides what you'll get in your kit): Skittles, gummy Lifesavers, Twizzlers, gum drops, Spree candies, large candy dots and spice rings
Assemble the house according to manufacturer’s instructions. Be sure to pipe generously along the side peaks where the roof will sit. Before trimming the roof, lay out your pattern on a surface next to you. Coat one half of the roof with icing and lay your candy pattern down. Be sure to press firmly so that the candy will set. Repeat and trim the other side of the roof.
Next, create a colorful front door and windows by rolling spice drops with a small rolling pin to the desired size. Attach them to the house by gluing them with icing. Pipe in the windowpanes and decorative shutters and moldings. Add arches above the windows with gummy Lifesavers, which are cut in half and glued with icing.
Trees are made of spice rings, gummy Lifesavers, Spree candies, and gum drops all in shades of green, stacked and glued with icing.