Sweet Creations Gingerbread House Display

From November 7, 2012 through December 12, 2012 in Project Gallery

This popular holiday tradition returns for its 17th season. This presentation of dozens of cleverly designed and decorated gingerbread creations will be on view in a dedicated gallery as well as throughout the historic house. The display features clever confections from professional bakers, families, and community groups. Each is available for purchase via silent auction. In addition, the National Historic Landmark house is elaborately decorated for the holidays.

For information about making a gingerbread creation for the 2012 Sweet Creations exhibition, please send your name, address, and phone number to Kathy Connor at kconnor@geh.org or call (585) 271-3361 ext. 242. 

If you are interested in bringing a group to see Sweet Creations, please contact our visitor services manager to schedule a visit. Contact Heather Gray at hgray@geh.org or (585) 271-3361 ext. 238.


Gingerbread Scavenger Hunt


Entry Form

To download and print the 2012 entry form, please click on one of the links below:
Word document or PDF


Fact Sheet

To download and print the 2012 Sweet Creations Fact Sheet, please click on one of the links below:
Word document or PDF

Organized by the Eastman House Council. Sponsored by:

Tasteful Connections








Royal Icing Recipe

  • 3 egg whites
  • 1/2 teaspoon cream of tartar
  • 1 lb. confectioner's sugar

Beat at high speed 7 to 10 minutes. Icing is ready to use when knife drawn through it leaves a clear path that holds its shape.

Makes 2 cups Royal Icing.

*Do not double the recipe. If additional icing is needed, make separate batches.

Download and print the Royal Icing recipe here: Word document or PDF


Gingerbread People Recipe


  • 5 tablespoons soft butter
  • 1/3 cup dark brown sugar, packed
  • 1/3 cup molasses
  • 1 egg
  • 2 cups white flour
  • 1 teaspoon ginger
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • pinch of salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • raisins or nuts



  • cookie sheet
  • measuring cup
  • mixing bowl
  • electric beater
  • measuring spoons
  • mixing spoon
  • rolling pin
  • gingerbread cookie cutter
  • pancake turner
  • pot holders


  1. Heat oven to 350º and grease cookie sheet.
  2. Put butter, brown sugar, molasses, and egg in the mixing bowl and beat with the electric beater for about two minutes.
  3. Add the flour, ginger, cinnamon, salt, and baking soda, and mix well with a spoon.
  4. Put dough in refrigerator for 15 minutes.
  5. Put dough on floured table or board and roll with the rolling pin until dough is about as thick as two nickels.
  6. Cut into people with the cookie cutter. You can use animal cookie cutters, too.
  7. Make eyes, noses, mouths, and buttons with the raisins or nuts.
  8. Put cookies on the cookie sheet with the pancake turner and bake 10 to 12 minutes.

Download and print the Gingerbread People recipe here: Word document or PDF

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