Each year the White House decorates for Christmas in a big way. One holiday tradition is for the White House pastry chef and a team to create a replica of the White House, gingerbread style.

The White House blog shared a time-lapse video that covers the many weeks of work that went into the making of the 2013 White House Gingerbread House. The end product is impressive.

The hearth is made from 1,200 Springerle Cookies, a type of cookie that’s pressed into a mold to create an embossed design. You can make your own with the White House Springerle cookie recipe.

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Watch the creation of the 2013 White House Gingerbread House
This year’s 300 pound, edible replica of the White House sits on life-size, custom hearth made of cookies.