Here’s my completely homemade gingerbread house recipe including how to bake, construct, and decorate with royal icing and buttercream. There are no rules when it comes to decorating gingerbread houses. The ONLY rule is to have fun!

gingerbread house with frosting and decorations

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One of the most common recipe questions I receive is how to turn my gingerbread cookies into a house. I’ve never really had a solid answer until now. I have it all for you today including:

  • solid gingerbread cookie dough recipe
  • a free gingerbread house template with the exact shapes you’ll need
  • all my decorating tips and recommendations
  • links to the products I use if you want to replicate this

Trust me when I say that I am NOT a crafty person, but I could EASILY decorate this beauty and I’m showing you exactly how I did it. This is perfect for beginners!

gingerbread house with frosting and decorations

Let’s get started. Here’s the video tutorial to guide you along. You can watch me make this gingerbread house from start to finish, including rolling out the dough and decorating the house. Sprinkled throughout are my highly recommended tips and methods to guarantee gingerbread house success.

Gingerbread House Video Tutorial

Starting Your Homemade Gingerbread House

  • small amount of baking soda for less puff
  • less butter so the house shapes are harder
  • less molasses so the dough isn’t as sticky
  • add water to make a smoother dough

Other than that, the recipes are pretty similar. Chilling the dough is imperative- otherwise the house pieces will lose shape and constructing will be impossible. The dough is a little sticky from the molasses, so I recommend chilling in two discs before rolling out.

Why two discs? It’s easier to roll out smaller portions of cookie dough.

2 images of gingerbread house cookie dough in a glass bowl and formed into discs wrapped in plastic wrap

How to Construct a Gingerbread House

Use my gingerbread house template. This template will give you a small-medium house that’s totally approachable. I find large houses difficult to construct and decorate.

This house is approximately 7 inches tall with the chimney and 6 inches wide.

Click this link for the PDF: Sally’s Baking Addiction Gingerbread House Template

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Print out the template and cut out the shapes. Each shape will be used TWICE. For example, two roofs, two sides, etc. Use a pizza cutter or small knife. The chimney is totally optional, but I think it’s a cute addition.

2 images of rolled out gingerbread house cookie dough and cutting out a cookie dough shape

2 images of gingerbread house shapes and gingerbread house pieces on a silpat baking mat

*Best Method for Rolling the Dough*

The most successful way to roll out this gingerbread cookie dough is between two sheets of parchment paper. It will stick to your counter no matter how much you flour it.

Re-roll the scraps so you have enough dough for the entire house.

Baked gingerbread house pieces

2 images of constructing a gingerbread house and adding frosting to a gingerbread house

Gingerbread House Icing

Every house needs sturdy walls, right? Royal icing is the “glue” that holds the house together. It’s also the glue adhering any candies to the walls and roof. As you can see in these photos, I covered the roof with royal icing before piping the buttercream on. As the royal icing dried, it gently dripped off the sides and looked like snow.

TIP: Use as much royal icing as you need to for constructing the house. It dries hard and will look like snow. Plus, you can cover up any messy parts with buttercream or candy.

Crusting Buttercream for Decoration

Though I love working with both, I’m much better at decorating desserts with buttercream compared to royal icing. And maybe you’re the same? So let’s use some STURDY and THICK buttercream called Crusting Buttercream. Made with both shortening and butter, crusting buttercream “sets” and doesn’t stay sticky- it’s ideal for decorating gourmet cakes, cookies, and gingerbread houses.

Two tools I highly recommend:

  1. A squeeze bottle for the royal icing “glue” around the edges of the house.
  2. A piping bag + tip for decorating with buttercream. I only used 1 piping tip for the entire house: Ateco piping tip #32. This is a small open star piping tip and you can watch me use it in the video above. Makes a lovely design.

gingerbread house frosting in a glass bowl

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2 images of frosting on gingerbread house roof and frosting in a piping bag

Candies for Decorating a Homemade Gingerbread House

  • gumdrops
  • M&Ms
  • candy canes (mini or regular size)
  • peppermint swirl candies
  • sprinkles (I use this mix from Sweetapolita)
  • edible metallic beads/dragees (I use Sweetapolita)
  • marshmallows
  • coconut for “snow”
  • cinnamon sticks, Hershey’s Kisses, chocolate chips, cereal pieces!
  • icing decorations such as these snowflakes

I absolutely love the Wilton brand icing decorations you can find online or at craft stores. I bought them at Michaels craft store, which had a ton of gingerbread house decorating candies in the seasonal section including the pictured holly and snowflake icing decorations. (No sponsored, genuinely LOVE wilton and michaels craft store.)

Colorful candy in bowls for decorating gingerbread house

Gingerbread House Ideas

I gathered a few links for you to use as decorating inspiration. There are so many beautiful (and SIMPLE) decorated gingerbread houses out there.

  • picture of fun roof ideas
  • slideshow of 40 cute gingerbread houses
  • even more adorable gingerbread houses
  • log cabin gingerbread house
  • you could also cut windows out of the house’s walls before baking and add crushed hard candies, just as we do with stained glass window cookies

Ditch the “pinterest perfection” goal and get messy. The piped crusting buttercream on my pictured gingerbread house hid about 100 mistakes. Remember, there are no rules when it comes to decorating. The ONLY rule is to have fun.

Decorated gingerbread house roof

Gingerbread house decorations

Watch me decorate a gingerbread house in the video above. I added two decorated sugar cookies to the “yard.”

I can’t wait to see your gingerbread house creations! This was truly one of the most fun projects; it was a complete joy testing, decorating, photographing, and filming this recipe. I truly hope it brings exciting memories to your family this holiday season. And even though they make a beautiful Christmas decoration, don’t forget to eat all your hard work!!

gingerbread house with decorations

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