gingerbread house

5 Tips To The Perfect Gingerbread House

This holiday season, don’t let your gingerbread house crumble under pressure! Fresh off of her win on Netflix’s Sugar Rush ChristmasICC Chef Instructor Toni Lynn Dickinson shared her tips to create the perfect gingerbread house.

Chef Toni’s gingerbread houses are famous around the kitchens of ICC and clients across New York City. She’s created displays for the Plaza Hotel, Times Square, and even for different ICC holiday displays. On the new season of Sugar Rush Christmas, the world finally got to see Chef Toni’s talent alongside her partner for the show, ICC alumna Diane Fehder, as they became the first team in Sugar Rush history to win all three challenges!

Below, check out Chef Toni’s tips to creating a beautiful gingerbread house that if stored properly can last for years to come!

Tip 1

step 1

Roll out the dough and let it rest for at least 1-2 hours in the refrigerator, before cutting. This will help to reduce the shrinkage of the dough.

Tip 2

step 2

Make a template of the house out of stiff paper or cardboard. This can be used to trace and cut the pieces before baking.

Tip 3

step 3

Use a dry brush to remove excess flour from the surface of the gingerbread dough prior to baking. If you bake the dough with the flour on it, the flour will stick and show on the dough.

Tip 4

step 4

Decorate all walls or vertical pieces while flat. Allow to dry thoroughly before assembling!

Tip 5

step 5

During assembly, use heavy cans to keep pieces at right angles, allowing support while pieces dry in place.

ICC’s 2017 Gingerbread Village in Times Square

This year, ICC’s Annual Gingerbread Village will be hosted in the midst of all the holiday hustle and bustle, located in the Times Square Urbanspace market. This edible showpiece made entirely of gingerbread, icing, and sugar celebrates two distinct eras of Times Square —the classic Christmas traditions of the 1980’s and the excitement of today’s New Year’s Eve celebrations. Can you find the following iconic structures in this winter wonderland? Head to the Times Square Urbanspace Market — on 43rd Street between 7th Avenue and Broadway — to view the full gingerbread village and look for The Westin Hotel, Paramount Building, Palace Theatre, TKTS Booth, NYE Ball Drop, Marriot Marquis, the Military Recruitment center, and much more!

The Gingerbread Village will be on display 7 days a week from November 24 through December 23 between the hours of 11 am and 9 pm (ET). The following contest will be hosted on Instagram only and will conclude on December 23!


Get a behind the scenes look at how ICC chef-instructors and student volunteers came together to design this year’s gingerbread village! See how the two different sides of the village came together as one. To view the final reveal, you’ll need to head over to the Times Square Urbanspace Market!