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Gingerbread House

Gingerbread house

Christmas Gingerbread House

What’s Christmas without a Gingerbread House?  It’s fun to make and doubles as a dessert.  Start a tradition of making a Gingerbread House with family and friends. It’s fun and easy for kids of all ages.

Margaret’s daughters, now adults, enjoyed baking, assembling and decorating their own Gingerbread House.  They added a personal touch and made Santa stuck in the chimney.

Building a Gingerbread House

Santa’s Gingerbread House.  Recipe adapted from Betty Crocker!  Gingerbread House templates visit Here.

Christmas Gingerbread House


  • 1 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/3 cup shortening
  • 1 1/2 cups dark molasses
  • 2/3 cup cold water
  • 7 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 tsp baking soda
  • 2 tsp ground ginger
  • 1 tsp ground allspice
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1 tsp ground cloves
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • Frosting and Decorations
  • 4 cups powdered sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 4 to 5 tbsp of milk or half-and-half


  1. In a large bowl, beat brown sugar, shortening, molasses and water with a spoon or electric mixer on medium speed until well blended. Stir in remaining ingredients. Then cover and refrigerate for at least 2 hours.
  2. Heat oven to 350 degrees F. Grease cookie sheet lightly with shortening or cooking spray.
  3. On floured surface, roll dough 1/4 inch thick. Cut dough with floured gingerbread cookie cutter or spread dough out and cut freehand into wall and roof shapes. (You can also use a template)
  4. On a cookie sheet, place cut outs about 2 inches apart.
  5. Bake 10 to 12 minutes or until no indentation remains when touched. Then immediately remove from the cookie sheet onto a cooling rack. Cool for about 30 minutes.
  6. For the Frosting: In a medium bowl, mix powdered sugar, vanilla and half-and-half cream until frosting is smooth and spreadable. Add additional sugar if needed to make frosting thick, this is important to keep the gingerbread house together. Add food colours as desired. Frost cookies and decorate.
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 And if life just gets too busy then simply make Gingerbread House Cookies.  Your kids will be just as happy.

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Enjoy this holiday treat with your family.  From baking, assembling and decorating to eating it!  The smiles will say it all.

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  • Margaret Varela

    Sometimes we have bought the kits for the house as well but always make gingerbread cookies from scratch. The homemade cookies taste so good that my girls decided to use the recipe and make their own house with it. They really enjoy it…and of course they love all the candy too. 🙂

  • Mother of 3

    These are all so cute! We do decorate a gingerbread house each year but I have never tried making my own gingerbread. We tend to buy the kits with some extra candy since my boys care so much more about the candy than the house.

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