Making gingerbread houses is a nostalgic and entertaining Christmas activity, and it's even more rewarding when you make the whole thing from scratch. Here are 11 tips and tricks for making the most impressive gingerbread house ever —and you can find our recipe at the bottom of the post.
1.Use nonstick spray on the Dutch oven that you're using to make the dough.
2.Keep the dough warm in a Dutch oven until you're ready to knead it.
3.When rolling out the dough, press down the rolling pin and rotate the dough a quarter turn a few times, repeating the same process each time, to form a rectangular shape.
4.Use a ruler when cutting the shapes to ensure that they're perfectly straight.
5.Use a knife to make slits for the windows, but leave them in place until after you've baked the cookies.
It really does make a world of difference.
6.Use egg whites to strengthen the frosting.
7.Use a fine grater to sand the edges of the cookie walls.
8.Use hard candies to create a super impessive colorful glass window effect.
9.Use a folded piece of paper and two small cups to help the roof dry in the correct shape.
10.Add frosting on the inside of the house to keep the pieces in place.
11.Thin out the icing you're using for decorating by adding water.
And there you have it: Best. Gingerbread. House. Ever.