Gingerbread Castle

Hope everyone had a Merry Christmas for those of you who celebrate!

We went to visit our family in Long Island for the holidays.  I always bring some goodies.  This year it was a  Gingerbread Castle which Jamie and I made and decorated beforehand, and assembled at my sister-in-law’s house.

The process was the same as when we made the Haunted Gingerbread House:

I made a pattern and printed it on card stock and cut it out.  Then I made gingerbread and cut out shapes using said pattern. We assembled it using royal icing as the “mortar” to hold the pieces together.  For the windows, we filled cut out holes with crushed Jolly Ranchers that melted into “glass” when baked.  The moat of the castle  was a giant gingerbread frame and filled with “water” made from Blue Raspberry and Green Apple flavored crushed Jolly Ranchers.

With the drawbridge up... Note the "swampy" water...

With the drawbridge down. "Chains" made from fruit leather.

Jamie decorated almost the entire castle by himself.

We used a happy colored “palette” (e.g. brightly colored jelly beans, candy coated chickpeas, licorice, candy covered chocolate, fruit jellies, and candy coated seashells) since it is a cheery holiday, rather than the muted dark palette we used for the Haunted House.

Instead of ghouls, Jamie  made a snowman out of fondant and decorated it with a food coloring pen.

Unlike the Haunted House, the Castle was picked at and eaten and demolished in a day and a half or so by a houseful of people, rather than our small family of three. 🙂
Hope everyone has a great last week of the year!


Filed under Children, Cookies, Desserts

8 responses to “Gingerbread Castle

  1. christina tugeau

    wonderful…brings back memories of holidays doing ‘houses’ from gingerbread and others of graham crackers with icing. SUCH FUN. Gave my 30 yr old daughter the ‘kit’ from Wms Sonoma this year (city girl) so she’d experience the memories again!! 🙂 happy happy Christmas… a snowy one too!

  2. Cuteness! So many edible and yummy elements.

  3. Now THAT’S a gingerbread house.

    Emma wanted to make one too, but I ended up buying a kit. The good thing about the kit was the pieces were baked and all we had to do was glue it together and decorate it. The bad thing was the house parts and candies tasted yucky.

  4. It’s darling!! The fondant snowman is adorable too. 🙂

  5. your gingerbread castle is amazing. i never made one thou I gad the intention of making one this year, but the courage was missing :)))
    thanks for sharing it with us.

    New Year begins, let us pray,
    that it will be a year with new Peace,
    New Happiness, and abundance of new friends,
    God bless you through out the new Year.

  6. Very creative! I love all the sweets. I look forward in doing another one this year. Your cookies also look great! I am glad to visit your blog.

  7. So much fun. I am sure my munchkin would love doing this. Havent had chance yet but I think we should try this! Would never want to eat it tough!

  8. Hi there, Hope you had a good Christmas & New Year’s. This looks just as fun as the haunted house. 🙂 We occasionally buy the gingerbread house kits but passed on it this year. One of these days I’ll be motivated enough to make it from scratch and I’ll be back for your recipes and ideas. 🙂 Happy New Year!

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