I'm embarrassed to tell you when we made this Halloween gingerbread house. But I will anyway.
Maia LOVES making gingerbread houses and basically has them on the mind all year round. She wanted to make a beach-themed gingerbread house and I said we would when we went to the beach. We didn't make it there this year, though, so she begged to make an autumn gingerbread house to celebrate the first day of school.
And I gave in.
I had the gingerbread cookie pieces ready to assemble by the time the girls were home from school as well as an assortment of Halloween candy in little dishes.
Maia, her friend Isabella, and Daphne used candy corn for the roof shingles, twizzlers for door frames and window frames, chocolate sprinkles for dirt, fall-colored M&Ms for autumn leaves, and candy pumpkins for, well, pumpkins.
There were chocolate kisses on the table, too, but I think they just got eaten.
I think they did a pretty great job on their Halloween gingerbread house! Here's a view of the roof and the candy corn shingles.
And here's a view of the leaf-strewn ground around the house.
And the three happy gingerbread decorators.
- We used this recipe for the gingerbread cookie pieces. We've used it successfully in the past for mini gingerbread houses, but this time the gingerbread was a bit too soft (maybe I didn't cook it long enough or something) and the house was larger. Sadly the roof collapsed. I think we'll use this recipe next time. We've used it successfully for larger gingerbread houses in the past.
- The gingerbread house is standing on a foil-covered cookie sheet that is then spread with a thin layer of icing (for the sprinkles and candies to stick to).
- Next time we make a Halloween gingerbread house (soon!), we're planning to add marshmallow ghosts and maybe a licorice tree.