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RECIPE: Gingerbread House Decorating


One of our favorite things to do is to host a mother-daughter decorating day.

Have a decorating contest and split family/friends into small groups at Thanksgiving or around Christmas and have a contest for most unique, most traditional or host a party. Buy ready-made houses and lots of items to decorate with… everyone will be busy for hours.


  • 3 3/4 cups powdered sugar (1 box )
  • 3 Tablespoons Meringue powder
  • 4-6 Tablespoons cold water


  • 14×10 Cake Boards from Michael?s
  • Houses (Vons or Linens-n-Things)
  • Paper plates (to put candy on)
  • Bowls with wet paper towels to hold icing bags
  • Icing bags & tips
  • Clear containers for all candy
  • Tablecloths (disposable)
  • Hammer (to crush cough drops)
  • Icing: White, Red, Green (buy extra in tubes if needed) (meringue powder
  • Chocolate Chips (Christmas colors)
  • M&Ms (Christmas colors)
  • Andes Mints (for presents)
  • Necco Candy (roof)
  • Nilla Wafers (roof)
  • Chex (roof)
  • Mini-wheat (roof)
  • Triscuits / Wheat Thins (roof)
  • Pretzels – both curved & straight (fence, wood stack)
  • Candy Canes-small (fence)
  • Peppermints (decor)
  • Marshmallows- large & small (snowman, chimney)
  • Vanilla Wafer cookies (steps, chimney, shutters, door)
  • Graham Crackers (door, shutters)
  • Cones (Christmas tree)
  • Coconut (snow)
  • Powder Sugar (snow)
  • Nerds
  • Jelly Beans (path)
  • Jelly Pops Characters (1 for each person)
  • Gum (fruit striped)
  • Cough Drops – blue (pond)
  • Rock Candy
  • Red hots
  • Gingerbread people
December 1, 2015

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