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Construct a holiday tradition with gluten-free gingerbread

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Gingerbread houses are a delightful holiday tradition and every year houses of all shapes and sizes are constructed and then devoured. It can seem like a daunting task to make a gluten-free gingerbread house, but with a little extra effort this treasured holiday tradition can continue.

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I did a little research and I found pre-made kits available for online ordering, recipes on numerous blogs/websites to make gingerbread, gluten-free graham crackers, and ginger cookies.

Pre-made kits can be purchased from:

  • A & J Bakery in Rhode Island - sells a kit complete with pre-baked pieces of gingerbread, allergen-free candy and non-edible decorations. The kit is free of gluten, peanut, tree nut, soy, egg, sesame, and dairy and it is baked in a dedicated nut-free and gluten-free facility - $30
  • Izzy B's - sells an allergen-friendly gingerbread house kit that is vegan and uses only natural colors/flavors. The kit contains: six gingerbread house pieces (four walls and two roof pieces), Gingerbread props: two mini gingerbread men, one tree, one reindeer, eight sealed bags of candy and decorations, one pastry bag, one sealed bag of royal icing powder, and one cake board - $26.50
  • Jules Gluten Free - is selling a Gingerbread House Kit. The kit, which sells for $32.85 and makes an eight and a half inches tall house, comes with: two bags of Jules' Graham Cracker Mix, seven Tinplated Cutters (roof, end, front/back, bay window, chimney, window, and tree), Cardboard Base, and Step-by-Step Instructions.
  • Sensitive Sweets - offer a Gingerbread House Kit that is gluten-free, dairy-free, egg-free, soy-free, peanut-free, tree-nut-free, and vegan. The kit includes gingerbread cookie walls and roof, icing mix (just add water) for connecting walls, plastic holiday trees and rings for decoration for $29. They also sell a Deluxe Kit that includes frosting and dye-free candies for $39
  • Zest Bakery - sells a Gingerbread House Kit complete with house structure, gingerbread people, and a gingerbread tree. The kit also includes Hopscotch Butterscotch Organic Candy Drops, Peppermint Swirl Organic Candy, Pomegranate Pucker Organic Candy Drops, Surf Sweets Organic Holiday Gummies, Wild Peppermint Organic Candy Drops, and more.

For those of you who would rather make a gingerbread house without spending money on a pre-made kit, why not purchase pre-made gluten-free graham crackers (Kinnikinnick Foods and Schar) and construct your own masterpiece? There are also a number of recipes available online to create a gingerbread house/gingerbread men:

  • No Gluten No Problem - has a recipe for making gingerbread and step-by-step instructions for constructing a gingerbread house.
  • Gluten Free Baking - the lovely Elizabeth Barbone has a recipe for Gingerbread Boys

If you don't want to go to all that trouble, but you are still craving gingerbread, then buy your favorite pre-made ginger cookies and combine with icing to make cookie sandwiches. My favorite gluten-free gingersnaps are made by Glow Gluten Free. Trader Joe's sells gluten-free gingersnaps and Enjoy Life Foods make gingerbread spice cookies.

Do you make a gluten-free gingerbread house ever year? What process do you use?

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