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How to Make a Gingerbread House | Expert Advice

Beyond the Neccos

For as long as gingerbread houses have been around, the Necco Wafer, it seems, has been a staple decoration. But Robbins encourages bakers to experiment with other options. Triscuit crackers make good roofing shingles, while Frosted Mini Wheats give the place an even more rustic look. A stack of pretzel sticks becomes a handsome outdoor log pile, while ice-cream cones and a little green icing make perfect fir trees. Get creative, Robbins recommends, and don’t be afraid to goof up. “Icing covers up almost any mistake,” she says.

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Ian Aldrich


Ian Aldrich


Senior editor of Yankee Magazine: Ian, a native New Englander who has worked and freelanced for Yankee for the past decade, writes feature stories, home pieces, and helps manage the magazine's up-front section, First Light. His stories have ranged from exploring the community impact from a church poisoning in a small town in northern Maine to dissecting the difficulties facing Nantucket around its problems with erosion. In addition to his connection to Yankee, Ian worked as a senior editor of Cincinnati Magazine for several years.

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