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Gingerbread House Recipe

An easy recipe to make a gingerbread house from scratch! Build your own gingerbread house, then decorate it with fluffy icing and candy!
Prep Time25 mins
Cook Time10 mins
30 mins
Total Time1 hr 5 mins
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Servings: 1 gingerbread house
Calories: 2431kcal
Author: Eden
Cost: $10


  • Gingerbread Cookie Cutters
  • Electric Mixer


Gingerbread House Recipe

  • 1/2 cup butter softened unsalted or salted
  • 1/2 cup dark brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup molasses
  • 1 tbsp ground cinnamon
  • 1 tbsp ground ginger
  • 1 1/2 tsp ground cloves
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 4 tbsp water

Gingerbread House Decorations

  • candy canes
  • gum drops
  • sprinkles
  • chocolates


  • In a large mixing bowl, cream the butter, brown sugar, molasses, cinnamon, ginger, ground cloves and baking soda together until the mixture is smooth.
    ingredients to make a gingerbread house
  • Blend in the flour and water to make a stiff dough.
    mixing gingerbread dough
  • Chill at least 30 minutes or until firm.
    dough of gingerbread
  • Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
  • Roll out the dough and use cutters to create the shapes of the gingerbread house.
    rolling out gingerbread dough
  • There is a chart inside the cookie-cutter package that tells you exactly how many cookies to make, 19 cookies total, but I ended up only using 16 cookies. 
  • Bake for about 10 minutes or until crispy.
    baking gingerbread houses
  • Let the gingerbread house cool before assembling.
  • royal icing to make a gingerbread tree
  • Once the gingerbread is cooled, you can start to build the gingerbread house by piping frosting on the bottom and sides of the house.
    gingerbread house with gingerbread icing
  • When the house is fully assembled, let it dry for 10 minutes before decorating it!
    decorating a gingerbread house
  • To decorate, use different piping tips and a lot of candy!
    piping tips


Calories: 2431kcal | Carbohydrates: 374g | Protein: 28g | Fat: 95g | Saturated Fat: 59g | Cholesterol: 244mg | Sodium: 2150mg | Potassium: 1716mg | Fiber: 13g | Sugar: 171g | Vitamin A: 2836IU | Calcium: 427mg | Iron: 18mg