Create the blueprints
Courtesy Young Chefs Academy So you want to know how to make a gingerbread house? The first thing you want to do is make your dough, and place in the fridge to chill for at least four hours. “Chilled dough will hold its shape,” says Julie Burleson, founder and CEO of Young Chefs Academy. “It won’t stick to your hands, the rolling pins, or any surfaces.” While it’s in the fridge, create your templates out of poster board, making sure to cut out the windows and doors—those gingerbread men and women have to see the daylight, after all! Place the templates on top of parchment paper to trace and create the templates you will lay on the dough. Don’t miss these creative ways to decorate your real Christmas tree.
Measure twice, cut once
Courtesy Young Chefs Academy If the gingerbread walls are too soft or thick, they will collapse. If the walls are too thin, they will break at the slightest touch. Roll out your dough to 1/4 in thickness, says Burleson. “Use a ruler to measure the thickness of your dough before cutting out shapes.” Make sure to avoid these baking mistakes.