Gingerbread House — Part 2

So here it is…the Gingerbread House I was working on in my last post. These things are truly a labor of love! While I don’t expect Martha Stewart’s people will be calling me anytime soon to build any for them, I’m still proud to have completed it. Better yet, my kids had a fun time playing with this odd little cookie house that Mommy made. 🙂

A snowy roof...made of frosted mini wheats

I searched grocery stores, drug stores and gas station marts – I could not find Necco wafers anywhere, which is what I really wanted to use for colorful roof tiles. Plan B was frosted mini wheats, to give a snow-covered thatched roof look, an idea suggested in the McCormick gingerbread house recipe I followed. I ended up really liking the effect.

Around the side...

I loved to draw pictures of houses when I was a kid, always with a brick trim running along the lower edge (just like the house we lived in). So my gingerbread house has my same trademark trim, with chocolate chip “bricks”.

A good old-fashioned Gingerbread House

My 5-year old daughter has been saying to me lately, “Mom, don’t you just love a good challenge?!” I have no idea where she got this statement from, but hopefully she’s picked up a little of the sentiment from watching her old Mom. A pre-fab gingerbread house would have been a whole lot – like, a lot – easier and probably would have come out looking tidier and more presentation-worthy, but I think I’ll always prefer the homemade route.

You can find the step-by-step directions that I followed (including building templates and decorating ideas) on the McCormick website.

This post was sponsored by McCormick as part of their Seven Seasonal Flavors program. My opinions are – as always – my own.

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  1. It looks fabulous and I think I like the frosted mini wheats way better than the necco wafers (I like the snow effect from the frosting).

    Congrats Kathy! You and your kids did a wonderful job.

    Posted 12.20.12 Reply
  2. Cheryl B. wrote:

    Very cute and oh so classic! I LOVE the frosted mini wheats look for the roof. Now if I could only get mine to get as neat and clean. 🙂

    Posted 12.20.12 Reply
  3. Chelsea wrote:

    Love it!!!!

    Posted 12.20.12 Reply
  4. JulieD wrote:

    I love this so much, Kathy!!! What a great idea and what a sweet thing to do with the kids.

    Posted 12.21.12 Reply
  5. So cute–and what a cute little helper you have there. 🙂

    Posted 12.21.12 Reply
  6. Carolyn wrote:

    You know what? With that slightly caved roof, it looks like an authentic thatched roof cottage. Adorable!

    Posted 12.21.12 Reply
    • That’s right, Carolyn – it was all part of my original plan as a point of authenticity! Lol, all’s well that ends well.

      Posted 12.21.12 Reply
  7. so cute and I agree with Carolyn the roof is perfect!

    Posted 12.21.12 Reply