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
A la Ronde made from gingerbread with icing decorations
  • Preparation time 25 minutes (prep. time)
  • Cooking time 15 minutes (cooking time)
  • Serves 1 small gingerbread house


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


  1. Add the flour, butter, sugar, spices and bicarbonate of soda into your mixer and mix until it resembles breadcrumbs. 
  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 out between two boards to get an even thickness.
  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. 
  6. Place your dough shapes onto your trays and place in the fridge for 15 minutes before baking 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.   



A gingerbread house version of Saltram
A gingerbread house version of Saltram
A gingerbread house version of Saltram





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