How to Make Gingerbread Cameras


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Ansel Adams once said, “You don’t take a photograph, you make it”. Well this year, we’re making the cameras.

Forget about gingerbread men, women, and houses. Our pals Doug and Jenny got into the holiday spirit by making gingerbread cameras!

They showed us just how they did it, so you can make one at home, too.

Make a TLR, rangefinder or a Hasselblad. You can have any camera on your wish list!

Make Gingerbread Cameras

Why it’s cool:

ingred-smThere’s no question that we love our cameras. But a camera that tastes as good as it looks? What could be better?

Gingerbread cameras are not only delicious and super fun to construct, but they also make the perfect, mouth-watering centerpiece for your holiday meal.

These cameras will make your guests f/stop in their tracks.

What you’ll need:

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  • Gingerbread Dough and Icing (see below)
  • Cookie Sheets
  • Oven
  • Rolling Pin
  • Parchment/ Wax Paper
  • Measuring Cups and Spoons
  • Electric Mixer (optional)
  • Toothpicks
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    Dough:

  • 2 large eggs
  • 3¾ cups flour
  • ¾ cup brown sugar
  • 1 stick of butter, softened
  • ¼ cup molasses
  • 2 teaspoons ground ginger
  • 1½ teaspoons baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • ½ teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • Icing:

  • 3½ cups powdered sugar
  • 2 large egg whites

Step 1 – Make the Gingerbread Dough:

paper-smUsing an electric mixer at low speed, cream the sugar and butter until thoroughly combined. Add the eggs and molasses and mix until combined. In a separate bowl, sift together the flour, ginger, baking soda, cinnamon, nutmeg, and salt. Add the dry ingredients to the butter mixture and combine with a spoon or spatula.

Separate the dough into two even pieces and wrap each ball in plastic wrap. Refrigerate until firm, about 1 hour.

(Great gingerbread recipe found here)

Step 2 – Roll out the dough:

paint-sm Preheat the oven to 350°F and line the cookie sheets with wax paper.

On a floured surface, roll out half the dough to about ¼” thick. This part will be used for the sides and body of the camera. Roll the other half of the dough a bit thinner for the detail pieces, about 1/8 of an inch.

TIP: Roll your dough in between sheets of wax paper to keep it from sticking to your surface and rolling pin.

Step 3 – Cut out the shapes:

paint-smUse a knife, or circle and rectangle cookie cutters, to cut out the shapes you need. Use a spatula to transfer your shapes to the prepared cookie sheets. You can re-roll the scraps.

Use the printable template (above) for a twin lens reflex camera.

TIP: Before buying cookie cutters, see what shapes you have laying around your kitchen. We pressed the tops of drinking glasses into the dough for a nice circle outline.

Step 4 – Bake and cool:

paint-smPop your shapes into the oven at 350 degrees for around 10 minutes, or until the edges start to brown.

Let them cool completely before building your camera.

Step 5 – Make the icing:

paint-smWhile the gingerbread is baking and cooling, make some hard-core icing that is sure to glue your gingerbread pieces together. You don’t want that camera collapsing after all your hard work! Here’s how:

Using electric mixer, beat egg whites in medium bowl until very foamy, about 1 minute. Add 1/2 cup powdered sugar. Beat until well blended. Add remaining cups sugar, 1/2 cup at a time, beating until well blended after each addition and scraping down sides of bowl occasionally. Beat icing at high speed until very thick and stiff, about 5 minutes.

Step 6 – Trim the edges:

paint-smWhile your pieces are still a bit warm, trim the sides with a sharp knife for nice straight edges that are easy to line up.

Step 7 – Assemble:

paint-smStart with the body of the camera. Construct the sides together using plenty of that thick icing. Once you have the body, go ahead and add the top shapes.

Step 8 – Details:

paint-smGlue on the lenses and film advance wheels.

TIP: Plenty of icing on the back of the piece holds it on tight. It also creates a nice white circle of icing when pressed onto the main body.

Step 9 – Fine Print:

paint-smDecorate your gingerbread camera with all the little details that make it awesome. Give it a brand name and a border, or polka dots if you want!

TIP: Spoon the icing into a re-sealable sandwich baggie. Cut a tiny corner off and squeeze the icing through for a more refined look. Use toothpicks to fine-tune the smallest areas.

Step 10 – Enjoy!

You did it! Now put that bad boy on display for everyone to see!
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Take it further:

  • Want more cameras you can eat? Check out these cookie cutters (above) and make ice-cream sandwich cameras!
  • Make a collection of rad gingerbread cameras. Study your favorite camera and break it down to its most essential geometric shapes. Make a template for the shapes you need to cut out and bake. Photograph your camera and its sweeter counterpart together.
  • Feeling extra festive? Make a gingerbread polaroid camera and prints. Draw your favorite photos with colored icing.
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