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Tips and Tricks for Building a Gingerbread House

There’s nothing better than a beautiful gingerbread house. But building it can be tricky. Get some helpful tips and tricks from at C&H® Sugar.

C&H® Gingerbread House Hacks

Who doesn’t love a good gingerbread house? This beautiful treat is fun for kids to make and is a classic staple in homes during the holiday season. Now building it, on the other hand, that can be a different story. Despite your best-laid plans, sometimes, these holly jolly creations just don’t turn out the way you had envisioned. But have no fear. With the right C&H® recipes and a few tips and tricks, you’ll be crafting your merry and bright masterpiece in no time at all. 

Five Gingerbread House Hacks You Have to Know 

1. Start with a Plan

Gingerbread houses take careful preparation and a clear vision. So, before you get started, you may want to draw it out on paper first. We recommend measuring your gingerbread house on parchment paper, so you know how much cookie batter you’ll need. This will ensure you don’t run out of supplies midway through building and decorating your sweet creation. 

2. Make the Perfect Gingerbread

Your gingerbread house is only as good as the materials you use to make it. We recommend creating your walls and roof with our Gingerbread Cookies recipe. This festive recipe made with C&H® Dark Brown Sugar will give your structure plenty of strength. Just cut your cookies to the desired shape, toss them in the oven, and ta-da, you’ve created the rich, flavorful foundation for your winter wonderland. 

3. Fit Everything Together with Melted Sugar or Royal Icing

When it comes to sticking your walls and roof together, there are two great approaches. The traditional technique is to use icing, such as our Royal Icing (with Meringue Powder). Generations of home bakers have used this tried-and-true method, and it works like a charm and tastes amazing. The second way is to use burnt sugar as your glue. Just melt C&H® Pure Granulated Cane Sugar in a pan on the stove, dip the gingerbread parts in and hold them together for a few seconds. Then, presto! You’ve created a solid house. 

4. Use Roll-up Fruit Leather for Stained Glass Windows

We’ve all spent too much time trying to create frosting windows in the past.  Instead, try using Roll-up Fruit Leather. This creative gingerbread house hack looks just like stained glass. 

5. Use Buttercream Frosting for Paint

Filled with the delightful flavor of C&H® Confectioners Sugar, our Buttercream Frosting is wonderful for decorating gingerbread houses. You can color it with food dye to transform your yuletide creation into any hue you want, or leave it white to turn your gingerbread house into a snow-covered winter cottage.