In 2006, the Mall of America set the record for the world’s largest gingerbread house. Built with over 15,000 lbs of gingerbread, this cookie contained a whopping 24 million calories. This record stood until 2017 when the city of Bryan, Texas constructed a 35.8 million calorie gingerbread home that covered an area the size of a tennis court (2,520 sqft)!
Even though you may not be trying for the world record, here are some tips to help you master the art of gingerbread home construction:
Tip #1: Start with baked gingerbread pieces that have been cooled fully before assembling your gingerbread house. If you are baking from scratch, bake the house pieces the day before and let them harden overnight before assembling the house.
Tip # 2: Cut out shapes pre-bake using a pizza cutter. Then cut off the edges of the walls after baking with an exact-o knife, even lines will help with assembly.
Tip #3: Use white chocolate instead of royal icing to glue the sides together
Tip #4: Try adding as many decorations as possible before assembling so that the weight of your added decorations doesn’t pull down the walls of the house.
Ideas for toppings:
- Add a fresh dusting of “snow” by sprinkling powdered sugar
- Extra frosting plus an icing tip can be used to make icicles on the edges of the roof
- Pretzel Rods are perfect logs for a cabin
- Cut Hershey bars or graham crackers into individual rectangles for window shutters
Create something worth sharing? Check out Gingerbread Wonderland (Open Nov 17 to Jan. 6, 2019) at the Norway House in Minneapolis. Professional and Local Bakers combine efforts to create a Gingerbread Wonderland, including iconic Twin Cities buildings. The public is encouraged to drop off their own creations for display, as well as visit the final creation. For more information visit the Norway House website.
Looking for some inspiration before you get to work?
Check out these Victorian, craftsman, and other home sweet gingerbread homes!