Go Ahead Honey, It’s Our Gluten-Free Gingerbread House

by Maggie on December 15, 2010

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Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free, and Egg-Free Gingerbread House

And it tastes (and looks) darn good!  If I do say so myself.

It was definitely a big project, but Callum and I had a lot of fun creating our first ever gingerbread house!

I used my recipe for gluten-free, dairy-free, egg-free gingerbread cookies and it worked perfectly.

The hardest part was finding a dairy-free frosting recipe to glue it all together. I asked my friend Heidi from Adventures of a Gluten-Free Mom and she sent me to this site. And boy did it glue!

The frosting was actually really annoying to work with but it definitely did the job, and Callum liked the taste of it (must’ve been all that icing sugar).

I think next year I will play around a little more and try to find a better glue recipe. This year was just about accomplishing our first ever gingerbread house!

Here’s what I did:

I baked the sides, roof, front and back at 350 degrees for 20 minutes because I wanted them to be hard – I wasn’t worried about making them eating-friendly.

I baked the chimney and accessories (people and trees) for 12 minutes.

I let the baked shapes sit for a day or two – I needed to break this ginormous task up into a few days in order to keep my sanity!

I had Pete help me glue it together – you definitely need a second pair of hands to do this part, and I knew I couldn’t rely on a sugar-fueled 4 year-old to help me!

After another couple of days, Callum and I decorated our gingerbread house (thank goodness it stayed standing!).

Callum had fun picking out our decorations. I decided to let go of my “Oh my goodness, there’s so much sugar in that!” sentiments and let him indulge a little!

We used Sweet and Sara marshmallows, India Tree sprinkles, gluten-free pretzels, Pure Fun organic candy canes, and Surf Sweets gummies as accents and roof decorations.

The side view of our house The skating rink (no they’re not sinking, they’re skating…) My favorite part – Callum’s cute little roof!

Decorating the gingerbread house was actually a little bit stressful for me! I kept reminding myself that it was supposed to be FUN! And it was, it was just a bit of a rush to make sure the glue didn’t dry up before we were done!  And we were trying to get it decorated before the 2 year-old sister woke up!

This was our first ever gingerbread house experience, and you can bet that it’s a new family tradition! Callum has been bugging me every day to start eating it!

Callum chose a tree to try first!

We entered our gingerbread house in Cook It Allergy Free’s awesome contest. Please head over and vote for ours (it’s #12). You can vote once a day until Friday!  There are some pretty creative gingerbread houses!

This post is linked up to this month’s Go Ahead Honey, It’s Gluten-Free event. Carol from Simply Gluten-Free is hosting and her theme is family traditions. Go Ahead Honey, It’s Gluten-Free was created by Naomi from Straight Into Bed Cake-Free and Dried.

Have you linked up your gluten-free Christmas cookie yet? Win 1 of 4 great prizes, just by linking up or leaving a comment!

I hope you’re having lots of fun celebrating old and new traditions this holiday season!