Gingerbread house

Fancy making your own gingerbread house? Whether it's for a stunning centrepiece or as a fun family project, everyone will love getting involved – even if it's just the eating part. With our simple biscuit recipe, and your choice of design, you can't go wrong with this classic tasty treat.

Cakes and bakes
Iced gingerbread house on a wooden chopping board
  • Preparation time 25 minutes (prep. time)
  • Cooking time 15 minutes (cooking time)
  • Serves 1 small gingerbread house

Ingredients

  • 1kg plain flour
  • 500g butter
  • 3 tsp bicarbonate of soda
  • 250g light brown sugar
  • 3 tsp ground ginger
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 4 eggs
  • 200g golden syrup

Method

  1. Add the flour, butter and bicarbonate of soda into a bowl, rub into breadcrumbs then add the spices and mix. This can be done by hand or in your mixer.
  2. Lightly beat the egg and syrup together, add to the dry mix and continue to mix until it forms a dough. 
  3. Roll the dough to 4mm thickness on a sheet of grease proof paper to avoid it sticking to your work surface.
  4. Plan out the shape of your house and draw all the pieces you need on to paper. Cut them out and use them as a template for cutting your gingerbread.
  5. Cut your required shapes into the dough and repeat until you have used all the dough. Don't forget to add doors and windows.
  6. Place your dough shapes onto your trays and bake at 180°C for 12-15 minutes.

Top tips for building a gingerbread house

  1. There are several ways to fix your gingerbread houses together. You can use royal icing, caramel or chocolate. Whichever you choose, be sure to prop up your walls carefully whilst you wait for your 'glue' to set (a can of baked beans works well!). But at this stage, patience is key. 
  2. Start small and work your way up to a masterpiece. Try making a simple house to start with until you find the best way to build and stick for you. Then why not try something more adventurous? You could build your own house in miniature, or why not try and recreate your favourite National Trust property?
  3. Decorating your finished house is the fun bit, so get creative! You can of course use sweets and chocolates, but why not see what else you can use to give your house an exciting finish. You could try flaked almond or rose petal roof tiles, or maybe fresh herbs to give your house its very own miniature vegetable garden.