Gingerbread Manor and Dual-Purpose Dough: An Awesome Gingerbread house

Gingerbread Manor

Each of my daughters was given creative authority over one side. Smart mom.

My wife and girls really rocked the gingerbread house this year, don’t you think? I’m loving the high facades, snowy landscape, and inhabited interior.

I’ve generally believed that a gingerbread recipe can only be good for one purpose: eating or building, not both. But this year my wife found this recipe which definitely stood up to construction demands, and made for good eating too. And this is very tasty dough if you use pasteurized eggs to allow for safe sampling.

Do you have a favorite gingerbread recipe…or two? I’m curious where others stand on the single-purpose vs double-purpose dough issue. And what have you done to add interest to your gingerbread creations? Please tell me in the comments.

And Merry Christmas everyone. You know that today is only day three of twelve, right?

Gingerbread Inhabitants

C’mon inside – it’s all rainbow-sprinkly in here!

Sprinkling Snow Method

Paint brushes spread frosting over the landscape, before the strainer and spoon dropped the “fresh powder.”

Blue IS a Christmas color, unless you want to mess with my 4-year-old. Looks nice, yes?

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3 comments on “Gingerbread Manor and Dual-Purpose Dough: An Awesome Gingerbread house
  1. Tracy says:

    You had me at ‘safe sampling’ of the dough. The manor looks great 🙂 I think the blue sparkly is very festive!

  2. krista says:

    I am so impressed with your gingerbread house! I must admit we purchase the pre-cut gingerbread house kits for building. This year, we made a gingerbread train with cars full of candy. My son loves to eat these, so he doesn’t seem to mind the taste. I make gingerbread cookies from scratch, but I add more spices and cut some of the molasses, which I think improves the taste. Maybe some year we’ll attempt to build the house ourselves, but the premade kits sure fit in with our busy schedule.

  3. Kim says:

    Very impressive gingerbread house! It’s beautiful!

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