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The other day at Little Miss Daydream’s kindergarten the kids made a lovely gingerbread house. The following day they were supposed to eat it…unfortunately the ants arrived before the kids (this is a down side of living in a hot Country at Christmas time).

Today’s project was born after seeing disappointment in my child’s eyes.

As 4 out 5 in our family don’t like gingerbread, I decided to try a variation on the gingerbread house and use the recipe I use to make crostata and biscuits.

You need:

To make the house:

  • 200 gr. butter
  • 200 gr. sugar
  • 400 gr flour
  • 2 eggs

To “glue” and build the house I used buttercream icing:

  • 140 gr. butter
  • 280 gr icing sugar
  • 1 or 2 tbsp milk
  • food colouring (if you like)

To decorate the house:

  • different kind of sweets (the ones you love most)



draw the pieces of your house on a piece of paper then use them to cut out your roof, sides, front, back and base


bake in the oven for about 10 min. at 180°C. Let them cool down.


put together with icing and lots of patience


complete with your roof (mine had to be fixed as it broke a little bit) and let it cool in the fridge for the next 24 hours


the following day my girls had finally the chance to decorate it all


nearly finished


we also wanted a garden and made it snow with some icing sugar 🙂

It’s been a great project and it’s been lovely working as a family with excellent team working skills. Hoorray!