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BAKING MULTIPLE GINGERBREAD HOUSES...

I always make GB houses at Christmas and this year I am toying with the idea of making miniature ones to sell at our craft fair...... In the past I have used a technique where you bake the GB in a sheet and THEN cut the pieces which worked great for a large house... all the pieces fit PERFECT! but I am just wondering if anyone has done MULTIPLE houses and what tips you might share about what worked best as far as cutting and baking multiple houses. I am just not sure what the best way might be.....

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  1. I really want to hear how this gets answered! In my experience, I cut the pieces from the raw dough, then trim them after baking to be perfect.

    I wonder if there are molds available for miniature ones that could "trim" some of the work from your project - ?

    1. I do 8-10 houses each year, about the size of a Kleenex box. I have tried all sorts of ways, but I always go back to rolling the dough on parchment, moving the parchment to the baking sheet, cutting the pieces, chilling, baking, and then re-trimming while the pieces are warm from the oven.

      This gets a little monotonous, so I spread the process out - walls one day, roofs the next, end pieces the next.

      1. In for this. We're doing ginger bread houses at work this year, and I want to make a trailer park scene.

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        1. re: LaureltQ

          OMGOSH I AM DYING TO SEE YOUR TRAILER PARK! Post a pic if you get a chance! XOXO

        2. OKAY GIRLS.... This pattern is AWESOME! i found it *years* ago and it is just awesome! YOU BAKE ALL IN ONE PIECE AND THEN CUT OUT! It's for a larger GB house but I thought it was so clever to cut out the GB pieces AFTER! All the pieces fit together BEAUTIFULLY! The pictures are not TO SIZE - you will need to measure them out and then keep a COPY so you can see how you will cut it out after baking the sheet. I am considering making these in a smaller version...... we'll see how complicated i get this year. I'll post the pattern and then a few pics.... I am not a professional by any means but my heart is in it. *** NOTE *** I never use the base. seems like a waste of dough to me!

           
           
           
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          1. re: prego_cook

            I'm also considering trying to use my square+rectangle cutters and then just use a template for the front/back. hmmmmm?

            1. re: prego_cook

              Actually - the picture I just posted is NOT for this particular pattern. SORRY! the SECOND house is the pattern. I am also going to tell you a HUGE secret.... USE MELTED SUGAR TO PUT IT TOGETHER! It is like CONCRETE and SO QUICK! No waiting around for the royal icing to dry!

               
               
               
               
                1. re: prego_cook

                  Love the melted sugar idea! I always use royal frosting and worry about the kids eating it (and only kids seem to want to eat them).

                  I've done multiple houses. I roll the dough out on parchment so I can cut multiples of the same piece out. Cut dough and parchment, place on cookie sheet and bake. Label the parchment by writing on it if you need to keep it straight which piece is what. It's easier to mass produce parts than to make individual houses.

              1. If any slackers are reading this thread, know that you can make small gingerbread houses out of 5 double squares of graham crackers, stuck together with royal icing. We make about 75 each year for a holiday party and kids decorate them. Actually, teens construct the houses and after the requisite # are made for decorating, they make their own fanciful creations which is really fun.

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                1. re: tcamp

                  I have totally done the graham cracker GB houses and they turned out SUPER CUTE and the kids loved them. I had intended to make regular ones for the kids but after i made the ones to sell... i was so burned out my kids got the graham cracker GB and they were AWESOME! they were cute - they loved it and it went together so easy! Nothing slacker about doing what works in my book! : ) 75! THAT IS HARDLY SLACKER!! wowzers!

                  1. re: prego_cook

                    I did that. It was so fun.

                    And then my 3 year old took a BITE of the styrofoam Christmas tree decoration.

                    Which, 25 years later.... is my FAVORITE Christmas tree decoration.

                    (so.... make sure the kiddies know which ones are not for eating, unless you want the cuteness!)

                  2. re: tcamp

                    If you want an even simpler "gingerbread" craft, turn sugar ice cream cones upside down, frost with green frosting, and decorate the resulting Christmas trees with small candies.