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Video:How to Decorate a Gingerbread House

with Chef Griggs

When it comes to decorating your gingerbread house you are only limited by your own imagination. Make it your own and get creative with the tips and tricks in this food video from About.com.See Transcript

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Transcript:How to Decorate a Gingerbread House

Hi, I'm Chef Griggs with About.com, and today I'm going to show you how to decorate a gingerbread house.

Materials for Decorating a Gingerbread House

For this recipe you will need:

  • Royal icing
  • Pastry bag
  • Candies
  • Confectioners Sugar
  • Gingerbread House

Decorating the Roof of a Gingerbread House with Shingles

Start out with a basic six-sided gingerbread house. We are going to start with the roof, and for this project we'll be doing a shingle look. To start out, we will use a small round tip on the pastry bag which will give us the fine detail. So we are going to start by making our start points using small dots.

Once we have our start points. Beginning at the first start point, come down and round back up to the next point. Start at that point, go down and go back up. On the next row, start at the middle and go out. Then keep going to the middle of the loop above. Now keep going the same way on each side of the roof from the top to the bottom. When you are done with the shingles, connect the dots at the top of the roof. This will make an outline on the roof.

For the top of the house, we are going to make a snow effect. For this you will use a sifter with a little powdered sugar. Lightly tap it. The key here is to keep the sifter up high and lightly tap it just enough to cover the roof. This will give it a more natural effect of snowfall.

 

Decorating a Gingerbread House with Candies and Royal Icing

Now we have a bunch of candies we will be using. Here we have gumdrops for large Christmas lights, or we have smaller jellies which we can use for Christmas lights. The peppermints we can use for a chimney. Use a wide assortment of candies, and use your creativity to make it your own.

Now we are going to decorate the top of the gingerbread house using gumdrops we have cut in half. This makes them more to scale with the house so they don't look out of place. Take a little bit of icing and place a dollop in the middle. Next place it on the roof, give it a light push, then continue in a straight line. If you want to you can use a consistent color pattern, or you can choose sporadically.

Now we are going to move to the front side of our gingerbread house. What I've done is taken a couple of jellies and quartered them. We are going to across the side of our roof. Start at the corner and work your way up, following this all the way around the house. Now go to the side to make icicles. Take your tip and squeeze the icing, building it up, then quickly pull down. If you want longer ones, hold on to it a little longer. Now we are going to do this all the way down.

Now we are going to center up with the peak to make the door. Start with the base, work your way up, come across, then go back down. Add a door handle. Do the same thing with the upper windows, if you choose to add windows. Fill in the corners with icicles. Take red licorice, and pipe royal icing down the sides of the house. Set the licorice into the icing. Do the same on the other side.

Use red and green jellies on the sides of the house. They will be shrubs for the house. Use a dollop of icing, place the jellies in the corners. Give the jellies a little push. Do the same thing on the other side. Depending on the size of the house, this is totally up to you.

For the front and sides of the house, we are going to use our sifter. Again use the powdered sugar to get a snow effect. As you are sifting the powdered sugar, give it a light blow. The powdered sugar will go up onto the house so the house will look like it is snow covered on the side. When it comes to decorating your gingerbread house you are only limited by your own imagination. Make it your own and get creative.

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