Gingerbread House City

This snowy gingerbread city makes a stunning holiday centerpiece. We're sharing one of our favorite gingerbread house ideas including a free printable template. It's an easy Christmas decoration the kids can help make.

Turn food into decorations! A gorgeous gingerbread city nestles in sugary snow that you make inside a large jar. It will last all holiday season.

Instead of a traditional gingerbread house, create this stunning gingerbread village Christmas centerpiece. Made with sheets of spiced dough and displayed in a large glass jar, this is one gingerbread house idea you won't forget. 

Download the template for the gingerbread cookie city.

Get the free gingerbread house pattern and start baking! All you need to create the gingerbread village is baked cookies, sugar, a large glass jar, and decorative ribbon. Use it as a Christmas mantel decoration or centerpiece. It also makes a great holiday gift. 

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Step 1: Prep Your Dough

Trace the pattern onto prepared gingerbread cookie dough. Carefully score cookie dough with a sharp knife without slicing all the way through. Scoring the cookie dough makes it easier to separate the gingerbread cookies after baking.

Get the gingerbread cookie recipe.

Step 2: Add Texture

Use a wire rack to give your gingerbread house the look of brickwork. Try using different shaped racks to create a unique look for each house. Press firmly but do not cut through dough. Leave one house blank to add siding. Remove excess dough scraps.

Step 3: Make Siding

Use a dough scraper as a straightedge to create siding on your gingerbread house. Be careful not to slice through gingerbread. Try making siding wide or narrow depending on the look you like. 

Step 4: Add Details

Use a plastic tool to score doors, windows, and other desired details. Get creaticve and include additions like shutters, window panes, and door knobs. The more detailed you make each house, the more the finished centerpeice will come to life. Try using multiple tools to vary the thickness of lines. Place gingerbread on a cookie sheet and bake according to recipe directions. 

Get the gingerbread cookie recipe. 

Step 5: Add Snow

After baking, sprinkle powdered sugar over cooled cookies. Use your fingertips to gently rub in the sugar to create a snow-dusted look. The sugar will settle into your cut details, emphasizing them more. This helps add a dimensional look to your finished gingerbread house.

Step 6: Create the Gingerbread City

Arrange the cookies in a large glass jar filled with 2 to 3 inches of granulated sugar to serve as a foundation for the cookie houses. Place the houses in the jar in an overlapping pattern. Add smaller cookies for trees. Finish the look with a pretty ribbon bow. 

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