No matter your skill level when it comes to Christmas desserts, these helpful gingerbread house tips will lead any home baker to creating nothing short of a masterpiece.
When looking for a dough recipe, make sure it isn't for soft, chewy gingerbread cookies! Food blogs like Sally's Baking Addiction and Sugar & Charm both have great recipes for making dough that's great to build with. Don't be afraid when it comes out of the oven soft—just give it some time to harden up.
Your handy dandy tool for cementing your walls and roof together is royal icing—and lots of it. Make extra so you can really lay it on thick. One other trick to keeping your house from crumbling is to make sure that the gingerbread cookies have cooled and hardened before you start building. And once you've assembled the house, wait for the icing to completely dry before you build.
You'll want to find a gingerbread house template to make sure your walls and roof are perfectly even. Once you've found one you like, simply print it out, cut out the pieces, and measure them along your dough.
Wilton suggests letting your gingerbread house dry for an hour in between putting up the walls and roof, and another 2-3 hours before decorating. All that patience will pay off once you have the sturdiest house ever!