Erin McDowell is a professional baker, food stylist, and writer. Her first book, The Fearless Baker, was named one of 2017’s best baking books, by The New York Times. Today, she’s sharing with us her expert tips on how to make a stunning gingerbread house that’s both structurally sound and stress-free.
When I was growing up, my mom would make my brother and me (each!) our own gingerbread houses to decorate around the holidays. For a few years. she even built more than two—allowing us to invite a few friends over to decorate their own, which they got to take home. This is a true story. My mother was Superwoman, straight out of the pages of Martha Stewart (she would deny this, but, seriously, anyone who makes more than two gingerbread houses in a day gets Superwoman status, right?).