Gingerbread house recipe: how to make a gingerbread house in 6 easy steps

Get the whole family involved in baking this festive gingerbread house recipe – it will make an adorable, edible table centerpiece

gingerbread house recipe
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This gorgeous gingerbread house recipe will help you create one of the most enjoyable festive traditions really easily. The whole family will love crafting and baking the gingerbread shapes and then decorating the delicious mini edible home with a selection of sweet treats for a unique creation. 

This recipe proves that it is simple and enjoyable to make a gingerbread house and a project that all generations will enjoy completing together.

So turn up the Christmas tunes, don your aprons and get baking, making and decorating your gingerbread house. The only challenge will be how long you can resist eating its delicious walls! 

The ginger craze doesn't have to stop and these amazing gingerbread houses either because this unique gingerbread brownie recipe which is too delightful not to try. 

Gingerbread house recipe

Use this gingerbread biscuit recipe to craft the components for your own festive gingerbread house (or people!).

Gingerbread house for christmas

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  • 175g dark brown sugar
  • 85g golden syrup
  • 350g plain flour
  • 1 tsp bicarb of soda
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon (optional)
  • 1 tbsp ground ginger
  • 100g butter
  • 1 beaten egg

To decorate:

  • Ready-made royal icing
  • Selection of sweets, smarties, chocolate buttons or your choice of edible embellishments


Preheat the oven to 200°C (180°C fan) 400°F, Gas Mark 6

1. Grease or line with baking parchment two baking trays.

Gingerbread house recipe and ingredients

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2. Melt the sugar, butter and syrup in a saucepan. While it is cooling, combine the dry ingredients in a mixing bowl, add the warm liquids and stir together. Knead the mixture in the bowl until it is smooth and well blended.

gingerbread mix ingredients

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3. Roll out the dough on a floured surface to around 1cm thickness. Using festive cutter shapes, cut out the shapes for your gingerbread biscuits. If you are making a house, use a knife to cut out the shapes of the walls and roof. Re-roll any surplus and create more shapes until the dough is all used.

4. Using a slice, gently lift the biscuit shapes onto the baking trays and bake in the oven for 10 to 12 minutes, turning half way through. Leave them to cool on a wire rack.

5. Once they are cold and crisp, decorate the biscuits with ready made icing, and use the icing to glue together the sides and roof of gingerbread house sections. Decorate your gingerbread house with piped icing, sweets and chocolate buttons.

6. Place your gingerbread house in a spot for all to admire the creation - then see how long you can last before you have to start eating it!

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Rachel Crow

Rachel is senior content editor, and writes and commissions gardening content for, Homes & Gardens magazine, and its sister titles Period Living Magazine and Country Homes & Interiors. She has written for lifestyle magazines for many years, with a particular focus on gardening, historic houses and arts and crafts, but started out her journalism career in BBC radio, where she enjoyed reporting on and writing programme scripts for all manner of stories. Rachel then moved into regional lifestyle magazines, where the topics she wrote about, and people she interviewed, were as varied and eclectic as they were on radio. Always harboring a passion for homes and gardens, she jumped at the opportunity to work on The English Home and The English Garden magazines for a number of years, before joining the Period Living team, then the wider Homes & Gardens team, specializing in gardens.