Although no one knows when the first gingerbread house was assembled, there is a recipe for gingerbread that dates back more than 2,000 years ago from Ancient Greece. Who knows, perhaps they made gingerbread temples back then? Starting in the 1500s, gingerbread houses appeared and grew in popularity in Bavaria- now southern Germany. The gingerbread house built by the witch in the classic tale "Hansel and Gretel" helped gingerbread houses grow in popularity in the 1800s. Over the years, people have continued to innovate and get creative with their gingerbread creations, sometimes even creating whole gingerbread villages. For many, gingerbread houses signal the holiday season. Enjoy some of our favorite gingerbread creations below!
10. CLASSIC GINGERBREAD HOUSE
It doesn't get more classic than this beautiful gingerbread house!
9. GINGERBREAD HOUSE BAKERY
We love this year's Christmas Bakery created by "Goodies by Anna" ... It even comes complete with a working fireplace! The bakery stands around 24" tall , 18" wide, 12" deep. The bottom windows look into the bakery confections, Christmas tree and presents, and the brick fireplace with stockings hanging. There is even a video where you can look inside and see what's happening!
8. ADOBE GINGERBREAD HOUSE
For a fun twist on your traditional gingerbread house, why not take a page out of pastry chef Ramon Perez's book. He made this incredible gingerbread house, complete with chocolate tiles and a snowman.
7. FALLING WATER GINGERBREAD HOUSE
Check out this ambitious gingerbread masterpiece, a replica of Frank Lloyd Wright's Falling Water. It was created by culinary artist Melodie Dearden. Visit Dearden's Garden Melodies blog to read about the painstaking process of building such an intricate model from baked gingerbread sheets and a ton of frosting.
6. GINGERBREAD CATHEDRAL
This cathedral made of gingerbread, poured sugar, and royal icing is stunning! The stone and stained glass windows look so realistic!
5. THE PAINTED GINGERBREAD LADIES
Check out this outstanding tribute to the Painted Ladies along Alamo Square in San Francisco, CA. This creation was part of the annual Palace Hotel Gingerbread Competition. Funds raised through the contest went to charitable organizations chosen by the winners.
4. THE GINGERBREAD BURROWs
Created by Michelle Jamieson, this gingerbread replica of the Weasley's house is no small feat. The house stands at just about 2'-9" tall and used 4 double batches of gingerbread to create, as well as 40+ hours and a lot of patience. I'd say it was worth it! It's incredible!
3. SWISS GINGERBREAD CHALET
This multi-level gingerbread house caused quite a stir at the Cleveland Botanical Gardens Gingerbread House Contest. This top-heavy chalet has stained-glass windows and incredible details--check out the root beer barrels stacked by the entryway!
2. GINGERBREAD ABBEY
Mrs. Patmore would be proud of this incredible recreation of Downton Abbey created by Martha Stewart and her team in 2015.
1. GRAND FLORIDIAN GINGERBREAD
One of the most impressive gingerbread creations we've seen is the life-size gingerbread house in the lobby of Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa. It is made with a classic gingerbread recipe from Austria. This gigantic creation is 16 feet high and uses 1,050 pounds of honey, 800 pounds of flour – and it takes more than 400 hours just to bake the gingerbread! Wow!