Photo copyright A&J Bakery

Photo copyright A&J Bakery

For many families, making gingerbread houses are a holiday tradition. But when someone in the family can no longer eat gluten, particularly a child, this special cooking/craft adventure in the kitchen can be a potentially harmful activity.

Most of the gingerbread house kits you’ll find at the store will be made with wheat, making them off limits to the gluten-free set. There is at least one company that sells gluten-free gingerbread house kits. We might not be able to pop into our local craft stores and pick one up, but we can order an unassembled house online.

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A&J Bakery in Rhode Island sells assembled houses (pick-up only) and kits that can be shipped. The Allergen Friendly House Kit from this bakery is free of gluten, wheat,  tree nuts, peanuts, soy, egg, dairy, and sesame. They are made in a dedicated nut and gluten free facility.

The ready-made, all edible gluten-free gingerbread house from A Bountiful Harvest bakey can be shipped. This bakery is located in TN and therefore is a 1-2 shipment from most parts of Georgia, Alabama, Mississippi and Kentucky.

Many talented gluten-free bakers love experimenting with different flours to come up with amazing gluten-free treats! For those of you who want to bake your own gingerbread house parts from scratch, we found a few recipes that might interest you.

  • Gingerbread House Heaven offers up a gluten-free version of this classic holiday recipe. They also sell forms and related items to bake up the perfect gingerbread house.
  • Check out the creation from Only Sometimes Clever blog. It won 1st place in a gingerbread house competition! Here is the recipe used for the house parts.
  • The Adventures of a Gluten-Free Mom blog offers up this gluten-free ginger cookies recipe to make a darling gluten-free gingerbread house. Notice the location of the door – too funny!

Jules Gluten Free Graham Cracker/Gingersnap mix can be used to make gingerbread house parts. The amazing Jules Gluten-Free flour works pretty much the same as wheat flour in most recipes so the Gingerbread Cookie mix is likely an excellent product as well.

If you’re the only one in your home that eats gluten-free and want to help your kids with their gingerbread houses, just remember to wash your hands often, or wear food service gloves, when working with gluten gingerbread house parts. They tend to be crumbly and can easily contaminate a gluten-free item you’re snacking on while working on the building project. Experts report that as little as 1/8 of a teaspoon of gluten can cause a reaction so it doesn’t take much to make yourself sick from cookie crumbs.

Trader Joe’s and Pamela’s sell exceptional gluten-free ginger snap cookies so if you just feel like a ginger cookie but don’t need to build a gingerbread house, grab a bag or two of these excellent cookies to have on hand during the holidays. The cookies go perfectly with a hot cup of tea or mulled cider during these cold winter months.

It is not necessary to give up your special holiday traditions just because you can’t eat gluten. You might have to change a few things up but you can most definitely figure out how to convert your favorite holiday activities to fit your gluten-free life!