A Taylor Swift Gingerbread House Inspired by the "Folklore" Cabin

Celebrate Swiftmas by making this whimsical gingerbread house, complete with edible moss and cereal friendship bracelet trim.

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If you've seen Taylor Swift perform during her iconic Eras Tour, you know that the superstar singer-songwriter honors her ‌Folklore‌ era by spending part of each show singing both atop and within a rustic wooden cabin. To honor this cottagecore dream, we've created a gingerbread house inspired by the ‌Folklore‌ cabin itself. Think: edible moss-kissed roofs and a yard sprinkled with enchanting friendship bracelet garlands.

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If you're new to the world of specialty gingerbread houses, we've got you covered with a delightful DIY guide. To help you bring your Taylor-inspired Christmas decor dreams to life, we've even included free printable templates for the gingerbread walls, chimney and roof. In fact, we think our design is charming enough to turn Santa himself into a Swiftie!

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Of course, we're all about creativity, so feel free to add your own special touches to this Taylor Swift gingerbread house. Make mini versions of each of Tay's albums to display outside, include a tiny microphone stand and guitar or write a seasonal message (may we suggest "'Tis the Damn Season"?) in the buttercream snow. Alternatively, add small faux pine trees in honor of Taylor's "Christmas Tree Farm‌."

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No matter how you approach it, this project will leave you wonderstruck. Let's bake!

Video: A Taylor Swift Gingerbread House Inspired by the "Folklore" Cabin

Things You'll Need

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1. Prep gingerbread dough

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Make gingerbread dough (see recipe below or feel free to use your own). Wrap completed dough in plastic wrap and place in the refrigerator until you're ready to use it. Dough should last up to three days in the fridge.

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Gingerbread Dough 101

Feel free to use any gingerbread recipe you'd like. To make ours, we combined:

  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 tsp. baking soda
  • 2 tsp. ground ginger
  • 2 tsp. ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp. ground allspice
  • 1/4 tsp. salt

Set dry mixture aside. In a mixer, blend:

  • 6 Tbsp. unsalted butter, softened to room temperature
  • 3/4 cup packed light or dark brown sugar
  • 1 large egg, at room temperature
  • 1/2 cup dark molasses
  • 1 Tbsp. water

Once this is blended well, mix in dry ingredients.

Sandwich gingerbread dough between two sheets of parchment paper for a hassle-free rolling process. This will stop the dough from sticking to your rolling pin and countertop.

2. Cut out house pieces and bake

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Download, print and cut out front, back, roof right, roof left and chimney gingerbread house patterns on regular copy paper. Place pattern pieces onto rolled-out dough and cut around each.

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For gingerbread house base, cut a rectangular piece that measures 6 in. x 12 1/4 in. Place pieces on a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper and bake at 350°F for 12-15 minutes.

3. Melt sugar

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While gingerbread pieces bake, pour 2 cups sugar and 2 Tbsp. lemon juice into a heavy pan. Place on medium heat and dissolve sugar. Stir constantly until sugar mixture reaches 230°F to create a sugar glue.

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4. Adhere gingerbread house pieces

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Dip each gingerbread piece in melted sugar glue one piece at a time and assemble according to downloadable diagram.

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Warning

Be very careful not to get any of this sugar glue on your skin, as it will burn.

5. Mix frosting

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Spoon half of canned frosting into a mixer, add green food coloring and mix well. Save remainder of frosting to spread onto cardboard base later as edible snow.

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6. Spread frosting on roof

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Use a butter knife to generously spread frosting over the gingerbread house roof. Set the house aside and prepare for the pièce de résistance: edible moss!

7. Create edible moss

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Crush one package of graham crackers using a food processor. Add green food coloring and pulse food processor until it's mixed completely into crushed graham crackers.

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Pour edible moss onto a parchment-lined cookie sheet and bake at 200°F for 20 minutes. Let cool and break up some of the larger chunks. Leave a few various-size chunks to make the moss look more realistic.

8. Sprinkle edible moss on roof

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Sprinkle edible moss onto roof, pressing some chunks into frosting.

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9. Add cereal friendship bracelets

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To honor the Swiftie community's penchant for friendship bracelets, we created an edible version using cereal. String cereal onto thread and gently press into the remaining white frosting. Alternatively, hang edible cereal friendship bracelet garlands across the front of the gingerbread cabin.

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With that, you've created the perfect gingerbread house (Taylor's version)! Whether you're a diehard Taylor Swift fan or just a holiday dessert lover who enjoys incorporating trending pop culture touches, we hope this recipe exceeds your wildest dreams.

Now, what are you waiting for? Put on your cardigan, turn up your favorite Christmas songs and get baking—the holiday season is ‌swiftly‌ approaching!

Looking for more fun holiday ideas? Check out our "Only Murders in the Building" gingerbread house!

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