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Gingerbread House

Making a gingerbread house is a classic Christmas tradition that is both fun and delicious! This recipe will guide you through the process of building your very own gingerbread house, complete with candy decorations and icing.
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Gingerbread houses are a beloved holiday tradition that brings the family together for a fun and festive activity. This recipe provides step-by-step instructions for creating your very own gingerbread house from scratch, with a perfectly spiced gingerbread dough that bakes up into sturdy and delicious walls and roof. Whether you're a seasoned gingerbread house builder or a first-timer, this recipe is sure to bring plenty of holiday cheer to your home.


3 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 tablespoon ground ginger
1 tablespoon ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened
3/4 cup dark brown sugar
1 large egg
1/2 cup molasses
Assorted candy decorations (gumdrops, candy canes, M&Ms, etc.)
Royal icing (for assembling and decorating)
8 Servings

Prep Time:

1 Hrs 0 Mins

Cook Time:

0 Hrs 25 Mins

Total TIme:

0 Hrs 0 Mins



Preheat your oven to 350°F.


In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, ginger, cinnamon, and cloves.


In a separate bowl, cream the butter and brown sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in the egg and molasses until well combined.


Gradually stir in the dry ingredients until a dough forms. Divide the dough into two equal parts.


Roll each part of the dough out to a thickness of about 1/4 inch. Use a gingerbread house template to cut out the front and back walls, side walls, and roof pieces.


Place the pieces on a parchment-lined baking sheet and bake for 20-25 minutes, or until firm to the touch. Let cool completely on the baking sheet.


To assemble the gingerbread house, use royal icing to glue the pieces together. Allow the icing to dry completely before decorating.


Use the candy decorations and more royal icing to decorate the gingerbread house as desired.

Tips for this recipe

To make the royal icing, beat together 2 egg whites, 2 cups powdered sugar, and 1/4 teaspoon cream of tartar until stiff peaks form.

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