Saturday, May 9, 2009

Gingerbread House Mold circa 1955

Little Sprout being chauffered around the festival

While at the Maryland Sheep and Wool festival last weekend, I ran into my friend Miriam and her awesome stonehouse man, Chris. We were standing right next to each other in the food vendor area and hadn’t noticed. If you have ever been to Md. Sheep & Wool, you know how easy it is to bypass friends in the milling crowds. After a joint moment of startled surprise, we hugged and started nattering about photography, food, the nirvana of fondling luxurious fibers and sock knitting, not necessarily in that order. Then Miriam said, “You’ll never believe what I brought for you!”

She pulled this goodie out of her bag. Of course, I didn't have the presence of mind to photograph it while at the S&W festival. Too caught up in the fiber-friend-zy!

“Remember when you were looking for a gingerbread house mold?” Miriam asked. “I looked through storage boxes for this but couldn’t find it. And then out of the blue Chris found it!”

I was floored by their kindness and intrigued by the gift’s design. It is a mold for a SOLID gingerbread house. Not the flat pieces you cement together with royal icing, like this NordicWare® mold.

See where it says "make a friend happy" on the back cover?
The small print reads:

I want to make a friend happy. Please
send me __________ WOMAN'S DAY
Aluminum Gingerbread House Molds.
I enclose $1.00 for each mold, postpaid.
Total enclosed: $______

Well friend, color me happy! Thank you, Miriam & Chris, for your thoughtfulness. Can't wait to try out the new mold.

Ghosts of Gingerbread Houses Past
Autumn 2008 will be fondly remembered for my first forays into edible architecture. One dark October night a group of friends met to drink martinis and decorate haunted gingerbread houses.

Here's a batty, backside view of the one I worked on.

And a cat-y view from the front. See the pretzel fence?

The rest, as they say, is history.

November saw a second event, this time with a Thanksgiving theme. Traditional Christmas cottages came next. By now the creativity was really flowing and we didn’t want the fun to end.

So we built Valentine love shacks and Easter bunny hutches in 2009. They were fun, festive cookie construction sessions.

Image Source: (until my copy arrives)

After Easter, I hit a lull in holidays around which to build cookie constructs. Believe it or not, I miss it. So with this book, "The Gingerbread Architect," I start dreaming of creations to come.

Calling All Cookie Construction Workers

Do you decorate gingerbread houses for holidays other than Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas, Valentine's Day or Easter? Please leave me a comment and let me know.

You prefer making gingerbread castles, churches or cathedrals? Tree houses? A bat cave? I'd love to hear about it.

Edible Architecture 2009 will officially begin with Haunted Gingerbread House Night in October. There will even be a gingerbread house blog contest! Check back for details.

(See, now aren't you glad you read all the way to the end?)


IsDihara said...

Hi all!

If you decorate gingerbread houses for any event other than Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas, Valentine's Day or Easter, please leave me a comment and let me know!

Do you decorate gingerbread castles, churches or cathedrals? Tree houses? A bat cave? I'd love to hear about it.

Elizabeth said...

These are gorgeous! I thought I would let anyone in the Raleigh, NC area know that there will be a Raleigh Gingerbread House Competition this year with significant prizes. Entries are welcome from adults, kids, professionals, and groups. The public is welcome to tour the display throughout the holiday season. More information is available at

Anonymous said...


I just bought a gingerbread house bread mold from an antique store. (Not the $1.00 advertised in Woman's Day, but $8.00 sounded like a bargin.) It looked like it never has been used. I was trying to do some research on this mold when I came across your blog. Thank you for the information. I can't find any more information on it. I haven't used it yet, but looking forward to making some yummy houses.

NJ GiGi said...

I too have this mold. I bought it in 1955 when my oldest daughter was born. Her daughter is now about to have a little girl and I would love to continue the tradition of this little house. Unfortunately, I have lost the recipe. Is it possible for you to send me the recipe? I would appreciate it very much. Thank you.

IsDihara said...

NJ GiGi, here is what is written on the back of the mold package:

After mold assembly ...... pour one package gingerbread mix in mixing bowl; add 1/? (I think it says 1/2) cup unsifted all-purpose flour; mix well. Add 2/3 cup water, mix. Grease mold and pour batter into mold, spreading evenly to corners.

If anyone else has more clear instructions, please let me know!