This is one my mum used to make when we were kids and now my kids are doing their own. This is a nice basic construction but you make your house more elaborate as you get more familiar with the process. Use your imagination and a variety of lollies to make doors, windows, pathways and a garden. Make time over two days to make this as the gingerbread needs to sit overnight after cooking.
This review is for the ICING and assembly tips only, as I used a different recipe for the actual cookies (Gingerbread Men): This icing is easy to make and holds like GLUE! It's perfect, and hardens well enough to keep decorating in 2 hours (at least in my low humidity area). I'm so happy with how our first ever gingerbread house turned out that I'm submitting my pictures. I did not use any frame, I simply glued the cookies together as directed in this recipe, walls first, wait one hour til dry, then roof added, wait another hour or two, then decorate in two steps. I did make the cookies 3 days in advance, not because they needed to dry that long, just because I got busy and the house had to wait. It turned out great though! I plan to keep this icing recipe on hand for anytime I need an easy to use and very sturdy icing for decorating. - 24 Dec 2006 (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)
We thought this was a wonderful recipe. We made cutouts for windows, and spread crushed candy canes inside them prior to baking. They melt into stained glass windows. Thanks for a great recipe! - 22 Dec 2005 (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)
I would like to add that you can trim the pieces of gingerbread after they are cooked to ensure uniformity. - 26 Dec 2000 (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)