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Building Your PYO Gingerbread House

Building Your PYO Gingerbread House

Decorated gingerbread houses are a timeless tradition enjoyed by all ages! At The Cookie Countess we have long offered “Paint Your Own” gingerbread house stencils for single cookies. But this year we decided to take it to a whole new level - literally! We’re so excited to introduce to you our new Gingerbread House Kit!  

This kit includes:

  • 3 cookies cutters - 3D printed right here at The Cookie Countess. 1 serves as the front and back, 1 as the roof pieces, and 1 for the sides
  • 4 stencils - 2 for the front/back 1 for the roof and 1 for the sides
  • A gold “cake” board for one assembly use (you can buy more here)
  • 1 sample “rainbow” paint palette and 1 brush (more brushes and palettes sold separately)
  • And a gorgeous and festive keepsake box!

Packaging Your Gingerbread House

packaged gingerbread house

For our customers that sell their cookie creations, we believe this will be a great addition to your offerings for the holiday season. You can sell them completely stenciled and assembled along with a paint palette and brush. Or go the extra step of adding an icing bag and small pack of sprinkles. You can also offer the kit in pieces, giving the customer extra icing for assembly themselves. In the photo here we used our fabulous Cookie Platter box.

If you sell them assembled, you can buy more gold boards here, and we suggest buying gift basket bags from your local Michael’s or Joann’s. 

Once you have the kit, you can also have the option of just using the font/back cutter and stencil to sell separately.  

Baking Tips

Here are some tips on making these adorable gingerbread houses whether for yourself, gifts or for sale. 

  • You can use your favorite vanilla royal icing recipe, or add in a special flavor like butter or cream cheese.
  • Using brown icing that matches the color of the cookie will help hide the “seams” in construction. 
  • If you are using a Cookie Countess paint palette to paint, we found that one Rainbow palette was enough to paint one full house, or choose 2 of our other 4-color palettes for even more options! 

These gingerbread house are a great activity for parties, family gatherings and children’s cookie classes. They are sure make your holidays extra bright!

Previous article Live tutorial replay! All about layering and using multi piece stencils.

Comments

Leslie Nardini - November 29, 2023

Hi, I was double checking to make sure I could freeze the gingerbread house cookie parts and assemble at a later date.
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The Cookie Countess replied:
Hi Leslie! Yes, you can definitely save yourself some time by freezing the cookies ahead of time and assembling when you’re ready. Have fun!

Joyce Beatrice - November 22, 2023

Hi!
I bought the gingerbread house kit, but I have a question. What royal icing consistency do you recommend when putting the house together?
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The Cookie Countess replied:
Great question, Joyce! You want to use a thick, toothpaste-consistency icing as the glue to hold your house together. Have fun!

Kathleen Morast - December 12, 2022

Just curious if you have any prepared instructions with tips for assembly. Want to send to my grandchildren but am pretty sure the parents would like instructions. Thank you!
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The Cookie Countess replied:
Hi Kathleen! This would be a great activity to send to grandkids! Yes, the kit does come with an instruction card with tips for assembly, and we’ll be updating this blog post shortly to include the instructions as well.

KG Saalborn - December 5, 2022

I am thinking of gifting house pieces unassembled. I have found that royal icing separates in a piping bag over time. Can I just buy a tube of Betty Crocker icing to include for assembly at later date? And post recommends brown to hide seams but white was in the picture on gift box? Was white used in finished product picture and then Covered with sprinkles? Thank you for the information! My set arrived yesterday and am excited to try it.
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The Cookie Countess replied:
Yes, you can use any icing and icing color that works for you!

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