Gingerbread Houses

Barbara J. Feldman

Gingerbread is a baked treat that dates back to the Middle Ages. It is thought to have first appeared in the U.S. in the nineteenth century, when the Swiss monks of St. Meinrad Archabbey in Indiana baked gingerbread on holidays and gave it to the sick. Over the years, baking gingerbread cookies and building gingerbread houses developed into a popular American Christmas tradition.

  • Celebrating Christmas: Gingerbread House 1014 stars

    "From very simple designs for busy moms and dads to challenging art projects for those artists among us, we've got it all.… Let the decorating begin!!!" Celebrating Christmas offers a potpourri of gingerbread house advice, from how to plan a gingerbread party to recipes for gingerbread tree ornaments. Highlights are six gingerbread house blueprints (including a log cabin, chapel, country store and Victorian) although you will need to enlarge the patterns before using them.

  • Highlights Kids: Design Your Own Gingerbread House4 stars

    To add a little computer fun to today's topic, this pick is an online game. Decorate your virtual gingerbread house with the usual Candy and Icing, or go crazy with silly Food and Stuff such as a whole fish, a tennis ball, or alphabet blocks to spell out your name. Move items onto the house by clicking once to pick up, then again to release onto your house. Controls include Rotate, Resize, Flip, Start Over, and Print (so you can hang your finished creation on the refrigerator door.)

  • King Arthur Flour: Building a Gingerbread House5 stars

    This fourteen-page PDF from King Arthur Flour offers the most detailed gingerbread house building instructions I found online. It includes a printable pattern, oodles of photos, and tips you won't find anywhere else. For example, to create multi-colored stained glass panels, try melting hard candies in the oven. Or to create the look of window panes, paint diagonal muntins on gelatin sheets. And to help your gingerbread people keep their balance, attach mini-marshmallow kick-stands to their backs.

  • Pinterest: Gingerbread Houses5 stars

    Searching for gingerbread inspiration? Look no further than this Pinterest search. You can refine the search by adding keywords to the search function box in the upper left-hand corner, or jumping directly to some of the featured boards and pinners (which you'll also find in the upper left-hand corner.) If you are new to Pinterest, just remember that you need to click twice on an image to actually visit the associated web page.

  • Wilton: Gingerbread House Fun5 stars

    Wow! Wilton (the baking supply company) brings us the mother lode of gingerbread ideas. Visit for 181 gingerbread houses, eleven answers to frequently asked questions, four gingerbread recipes, and countless decorating ideas. "If you plan to keep your decorated house or cookie kit longer than the current season, consider assembling with a hot glue gun, then cover the dried glue with icing."

  • Honorable Mentions

    The following links are either new discoveries or sites that didn't make it into my newspaper column because of space constraints. Enjoy!

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  • Feldman, Barbara. "Gingerbread Houses." Surfnetkids. Feldman Publishing. 3 Dec. 2013. Web. 4 Dec. 2014. < >.

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