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Sunday, December 16, 2012

Gingerbread House Tutorial

I'm so pleased to share with you, that I recently WON the Dream House Award~2012~Gingerbread House Tour Display and Competition for Mt. Pleasant, PA!
It was a lot of work, but also a lot of fun!
Here's the Dream House I created
          "Welcome to Gingerbread Land"
The trophy was made by Peter O'Rourke of O'Rourke Glass in Mt. Pleasant ~
The annual competition raises money for the
Gingerbread photos available on

Gingerbread House Tutorial from Samantha's Sweets...
     Create your own gingerbread house!  It's one of the magical things about the Christmas season.
   Here's how...

Ingredients:  Betty Crocker Gingerbread Cookie Mix ~in the pouch~ is a great cookie mix.  I add a little extra cinnamon and spices for an extra kick. 
Royal Icing:
Wilton Recipe~
3 tbsp. Meringue Powder
4 cups sifted confectioner's sugar
6 tbsp. water    Beat all ingredients at low speed for 7-10 minutes or until icing forms peaks.
*You can also purchase royal icing mixes at specialty kitchen and party stores and just add water.
*I also use Candy Melts to construct my houses.  It works great!  Sometimes you may find a few cracks when it drys; just coat back over it.

Candy, fondant, gumpaste and sprinkles, are the other items I like to decorate with. 

Dimensions of this template are... 
Front and Back: 4 x 4 inch square with 4inch angles(pitched roof)
Roof:  4 1/2inch by 5inch(width) rectangle  
Sides:  4 x 5 inch(width)
Gingerbread House Templates available on --

The gingerbread should cut very well with out cracking, using a serrated knife. 


Candy Melts are great to use but cool off and harden quickly. 
It is a race against time, so you may want to use a piping bag with no decorating tip. 
 Construct the four pieces ~ front, back and 2 sides.  Hold in place, each piece, until set.  You may need an extra set of hands to help.  ; )

I like to brush on edible glitter and sparkle with my gingerbread house designs, for a whimsy effect.
Brush the edible glitter on the Neccos, fondant decorations and even the white chocolate candy melts.

This gingerbread house was made for a very special party project with
Jenny Dixon~my sweet party friend.
Check out her website  Wait until you see the amazing dessert tables she put together for a whimsy and wonderful gingerbread decorating party!

Jenny's adorable party is now feautured on
Amy Atlas!!!
Check it out!

Party by 
Photography by
Printables by:
Fondant Oreos and peppermint cupcake toppers by
Desserts and cake by me

Having Fun and Gingerbread House Creations...

 Have a Sweet Christmas
Samantha's Sweets!

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