A gingerbread house is a decorative house made out of gingerbread, typically decorated with candies and other sweets. The tradition of making gingerbread houses dates back to the early 19th century in Germany, where it is known as Lebkuchenhaus.
The gingerbread is typically made from a dough made with flour, sugar, butter, eggs, and spices such as ginger, cinnamon, and cloves. The dough is rolled out and cut into various shapes to create the walls, roof, and other parts of the house. The pieces are then baked and assembled using royal icing, which serves as a glue to hold the house together.
Once the basic structure is assembled, the fun part begins: decorating the house! This can be done using a variety of candies, cookies, and other sweets, such as gumdrops, candy canes, frosting, and sprinkles. Some people even add miniature figurines or other decorations to create a winter wonderland scene.
Gingerbread houses have become a popular holiday tradition in many parts of the world, especially in North America and Europe. They can be made at home or purchased pre-assembled kits. Decorating a gingerbread house can be a fun activity for families and friends to enjoy together during the holiday season.