21 Insane Gingerbread Houses That'll Put Yours To Shame

We bow down.

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Gingerbread houses usually result in some kind of Pinterest fail for us. They look way easier on the box or internet tutorial than they actually are to construct yourself, and these architectural triumphs are so OTT, you don't even want to try to replicate them—you just want to bow down. From life-size structures to spot-on replicas of your favorite movie moments, these are the most insane gingerbread houses on the internet.

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Retro Goals

This retro gingerbread camper is so stinking cute, we don't know if we want to make an edible one or buy the real deal.

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Baking Magic

Solemnly swear you're up to no good and make this gingerbread replica of Hogwarts. All your party guests will go Snapsh*t over it.

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Paris, Je T'aime

It's so realistic, we can't believe this Eiffel Tower is made out of gingerbread, but mais oui, it totally is.

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Castle On The Hill

Cookie castles are the kind of thing fairytales are actually made of. We're freaking out over the tiny drawbridge.

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Go Big or Go Home

Hansel and Gretel just came to life. This life-sized house is proof that bigger is definitely better.

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Mother of Dragons

Slay the dragon and then you can eat as much of (read: all of) this gingerbread castle as you want.

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Checking In

The Fairmont hotel in Edmonton makes a replica of their hotel in gingerbread form. As impressive as the actual property is, this is the one we're dying to get a reservation at.

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Larger Than Life

The Fairmont Banff Springs has a giant house made out of real gingerbread in the lobby that will put your kid's playhouses to shame.

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Gingerbread Lane

A gingerbread house is impressive, but this gingerbread village will make your jaw drop. (And also probably make you hungry).

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Empire State Of Mind

Let's hear it for New York! If you can't visit the city, this is hands down the next best thing.

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Location: The Jumeirah Essex House's 2010 Holiday Lobby Display (New York, NY)

 Throughout December, the hotel's executive pastry chef, Deden Putra, is hosting Saturday morning classes that teach kids (and parents) how to construct and decorate gingerbread houses. Last year's display proves Putra's qualifications. He and his team built an exact scale replica of the Jumeirah Essex House that was 10 feet tall.
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Stacks on Stacks

The Jumeirah Essex House's pastry chef in New York City built an exact scale replica of the hotel that was a whopping 10 feet tall.

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Location: The New York Botanical Garden's 2009 Gingerbread Adventures (Bronx, NY)

 Irina Brandler, a Russian immigrant and owner of Sugar and Spice Bake Shop in Bronx, NY, headed a team of four bakers to make a gingerbread house for Baba Yaga, a witch-like character from Russian folklore who lives in the forest in a hut that stands on chicken legs. Irina's version of the house stood more than two feet tall and featured a roof covered in shredded wheat cereal and Necco Wafers, pretzel fences and ladder, a trail formed with Boston Baked Beans candy, and Christmas trees made of frosted ice cream cones and pretzel rods. Three domes on the top of the house were all shaped out of fondant—one dome made of a Hershey's chocolate kiss melted and had to be replaced.
Courtesy of The New York Botanical Garden
Baba Yaga

This house is literally straight out of a storybook. It was inspired by old Russian folklore.

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Location: Le Parker Meridien’s Gingerbread Wonderland 2011 (New York, NY)

 To benefit the hunger-fighting nonprofit City Harvest, this hotel invites local restaurants and bakeries to submit beautiful gingerbread houses for a yearly contest. The public is welcome to view the display — which includes this impressive replica of the Central Park Boathouse — in the lobby's 56th Street atrium and can vote on a favorite by donating $1. Bonus: Hidden behind a curtain, the hotel's Burger Joint makes a great stop for a quick meal.
Courtesy of Michel Ann O'Malley/Le Parker Meridien
Welcome To New York

Look familiar? That's because this is a replica of the Central Park boathouse.

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Location: The Grove Park Inn & Spa's 2009 Gingerbread Competition (Asheville, NC)

 Ten-year-old Lydia Gentry of Hendersonville, North Carolina, made creative use of edible materials to construct her prize-winning gingerbread house. Lydia thatched her cottage's roof with shredded wheat cereal, used chocolate rocks on the foundation and chimney, and poured hard candy to create the cottage windows. Outside, frosting-covered pasta formed porch supports while a chocolate candy and tapioca pearl walkway wound its way beneath a vine-covered trellis (gum paste, pasta and frosting), past rose bushes made of crushed cereal and marshmallow, and through a lawn made of frosting and speckled with coconut "snow."
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Cottage Charm

Cottage decor is just as charming on a gingerbread house as it is IRL. How cute are the tiny flower bushes?

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Location: The Sheraton Princess Ka'iulani Hotel, 2010 (Honolulu, HI)

 Hotel executive chef Ralf Bauer and a team of culinary architects spent over 660 hours designing and constructing a gingerbread village that paid homage to both Bauer's native Germany and to old Hawaii. Medieval churches, bell towers, train stations, a carousel and skating rink mingled with iconic Hawaiian structures like the Kawaiha'o mission church and the magnificent Iolani Palace. The winter wonderland stood more than 14 1/2 feet high and 24 feet wide and was made with 200 gallons of icing, 100 pounds of dark chocolate, 30 pounds of white chocolate, and 60 sheets of gingerbread.
Courtesy of Starwood Hotels & Resorts Waikiki
It Takes A Village

The kind of winter wonderland we want to walk in is made with 200 gallons of icing, 100 pounds of dark chocolate, 30 pounds of white chocolate, and 60 sheets of gingerbread.

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Location: The New York Botanical Garden's 2009 Gingerbread Adventures (Bronx, NY)

 The mother-daughter duo behind Ardsley, New York's Riviera Bake House took inspiration from daughter Liv Hansen's favorite childhood fairytale to create their 2-foot tall structure. No candy was used to decorate; Liv instead completed detail work using a pipeable, watered-down recipe for gingerbread. She sculpted all of the mice and the Pied Piper from marzipan, and constructed the roof from cereal. The team dedicated five days to the project, using approximately 10 pounds of gingerbread and 2 to 3 gallons of icing.
Courtesy of The New York Botanical Garden
Pied Piper

No, we're not talking about a start-up on Silicon Valley. This gingerbread house brings the children's story to life.

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Location: The Grove Park Inn & Spa's 2009 Gingerbread Competition (Asheville, NC)

 Carolina Montoya and husband Fernado Puga spent 302 hours over the course of two months to create their gingerbread house. The traditionally designed structure featured President Barack Obama, who appeared to be climbing out the window and up onto the chimney with a bag full of toys. Montoya and Puga's all-edible entry was constructed of gingerbread, fondant, gum paste, coconut, Rice Krispies cereal, and breath strips for window panes.
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Home For The Holidays

It comes as no surprise that this seriously detailed structure took 302 hours to construct.

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Location: The Seattle Sheraton's 2009 Gingerbread Village (Seattle, WA)

 Prompted by the theme "Reel Christmas," a team of Seattle Sheraton culinary staff and area architecture firm DLR Group created this cheeky homage to the 1983 Christmas comedy film classic A Christmas Story. Weighing around 200 pounds, the gingerbread structure featured edible reenactments of memorable movie scenes—including fondant versions of Ralphie and friend Flick by the flagpole in an amazingly detailed gingerbread neighborhood, and a recreation of the film's iconic leg lamp sporting licorice "fringe."
Courtesy of Sheraton Seattle
A Christmas Story

The Sheraton Seattle gave new life to the classic Christmas movie by turning it into a whimsical gingerbread house. Leg lamp included.

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Location: The Grove Park Inn & Spa's 2009 Gingerbread Competition (Asheville, NC)

 Rita and Monte Adams' scene tells the story of Santa getting ready to ride out of an old western town following dinner at the Jingle Café, gift shopping at the Rocky Mountain toy shop, and a night's rest at the Holly Tree Hotel. In the scene, Santa has saddled up a solid chocolate horse while elves have loaded his coach with Christmas toys. The couple used 15 pounds of flour, 22 1/2 pounds of fondant, 12 pounds of sugar, and dozens of other ingredients to make this gingerbread tableau.
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Home On The Range

When Santa's not in the North Pole, he's at home on this gingerbread ranch, complete with a tiny covered wagon.

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Location: The New York Botanical Garden's 2009 Gingerbread Adventures (Bronx, NY)

 For her fairy-tale-themed confection, Cake Power's Kate Sullivan constructed an 18-inch-tall gingerbread house featuring three little pigs and a wolf all made of fondant (the original versions, made of modeling chocolate, melted in the Botanical Garden's greenhouse). The house itself, constructed of embossed gingerbread, featured such incredible tiny details as a jellybean-covered fireplace, string licorice rag rug, gumball lamp and vase, windows made of poured blue-tinted hard sugar, and a whimsical hanging portrait of a Star Wars clone trooper drawn in food marker.
Courtesy of The New York Botanical Garden
Three Little Pigs

Don't huff and puff around it—you might blow this edible house down.

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Location: The New York Botanical Garden's 2010 Gingerbread Adventures (Bronx, NY)

 It took four full days, two bakers (Kate Sullivan of Cake Power and Patti Paige of Baked Ideas) and two interns to complete this theatrical project from beginning to end. Modeled on the stage of the London Coliseum opera house, the structure — measuring 18 inches tall — and characters were all made of gingerbread, while the red curtain above was covered in fondant. Everything except the red-and-white striped mint balls was either baked from scratch or rolled, cut, piped or painted in food color by hand.
Courtesy of The New York Botanical Garden
Nuts For The Nutcracker

A gingerbread ballet is the kind of production your brothers, boyfriends, and dads won't fall asleep in.

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