25 Days of Christmas: Day 13 ~ Gingerbread Houses

Tuesday, December 13, 2011
I'm not gonna lie. Making a gingerbread house frightens me. Talk about setting myself up for failure. I love to bake, but baking something that requires that much precision is daunting.

I'm not ashamed to admit that I've resorted to the next best thing to a made-from-scratch gingerbread house: a kit. There are some fantastic kits on the market, and to be honest, we've had just as much fun with a kit as we would've had baking it from scratch, with a lot less frustration, I might add.

If you are looking for a last minute holiday activity, give a gingerbread house a try this weekend. Here are my picks for best kits.

Wilton Gingerbread House Kit $25
Includes the pre-baked panels for the house, icing mix, decorating bag and tip, decorator candies, and complete instructions for assembly.
2. Wilton Pre-Baked Gingerbread Mini Village Kit $20
The pre-baked gingerbread houses come ready to assemble and decorate. This kit makes five festive houses. Contains five easy to assemble sets of gingerbread house panels, colored candy, white icing mix, red liquid color packet, two decorator bags, and two tips. Also includes cardboard bases for each house and instructions for assembly. You really can't go wrong with any baking item from Wilton.
3. Gingerbread Tree Kit
If you are looking for the gingerbread experience but want something a bit different, try the Gingerbread Tree Kit from Wilton. This brightly decorated tree would be the perfect centerpiece for your table. Stack 14 ready-made gingerbread stars by securing them with icing. Finish off the tree with icing and decorator candy for a beautifully trimmed tree that almost too good to eat! I said almost!

4. Gingerbread Train Kit $25
This one is always a big hit with the boys. Includes 16 pieces of pre-baked gingerbread for the train, plenty of decorator candy, one white and one green pre-mixed icing.

Kits can be purchased from amazon.com or from your local craft supply store.

If you decide to make a gingerbread house, tree, or train, have fun!

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