Homemade Gourmet Gingerbread House Decor
A well-decorated gingerbread house can be as show-stopping as a gorgeous Christmas tree. This holiday season, kick your cookie construction up a notch with homemade gourmet toppers. Think Anna Olson meets Sarah Richardson; with easy, upscale and delicious decor, your gingerbread house will taste as fabulous as it looks!
Start with the basics and build from there. Prep a big batch of cookie icing - both for decor and as glue for your other decorations - then divide into small batches to be mixed with food colouring. Anna Olson's standard royal icing recipe is the perfect base. Then step up the standard candy toppers by alternating clear tiles of this peppermint candies recipe with pink peppermint candies.
If you're decking your halls with strings of popcorn, save a little for the gingerbread rooftop! Naked popcorn can be used as snow on your gingerbread house, or tint your leftovers with shades of brown by drizzling or tossing with dark chocolate, caramel and butterscotch for spectacularly decadent rooftop shingles.
Break It Up!
Fill a cookie sheet or baking pan with easy, large-batch recipes of sweet treats that can be snapped, crumbled and layered on and around your gingerbread house. Some of our favourites include almond nougat, peanut brittle, sponge toffee and peppermint crunch bark. Break sheets of these recipes into pieces and shapes that fit your design and vision. (It's a good way to work out your holiday stress, too!).
The Gourmet Touch
Those who are into hardcore decor may choose to do some landscaping around their gingerbread homes. Adorn the house's lawn with festive fondant flowers, and drape delicious "ornaments" made out of colourful fudge brownies. To cook up the illusion of fluffy snow, try this homemade marshmallow recipe to add some plush winter white.
Bring quick, easy and totally delicious decor out of its shell. Roast some honey-spiced nuts or whip up a batch of Chuck's candied pecans to sprinkle some savoury flavour over your sweet creation. Mix and match your favourite nuts for a gingerbread house that's got sugar, spice and everything nice!
by Joanna Gryfe