Why you may wonder, would I do this when I can get a pre-fab kit and make it that much easier? We like to eat the whole gingerbread house, so it needs to taste good. Of course, this home made nature gives the houses a rustic look.
It also gives us the freedom to customize. For example, when my son was younger, he noted that one of his aunties (we make houses for our family members too) actually lived in a condo, not a house. Thus came the development of the gingerbread condo.
So, does it take longer to bake and build them ourselves? Yes it does. But gingerbread makes my house smell so wonderful, it really sets us up for the holiday season.
And this year, I squirreled away some Halloween candy, so we had lots to choose from.