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Festive Gingerbread House Recipe: A Sweet Touch to Your Christmas!

The holiday season is a time of joy, family, and delicious treats! Building and decorating a gingerbread house is one of the most cherished Christmas traditions. This delightful activity fills your home with the sweet aroma of ginger and spices and creates lasting memories. Here’s a simple recipe to help you make your own festive gingerbread house.


  • Flour: 3 cups
  • Ground ginger: 2 tsp
  • Ground cinnamon: 1 tsp
  • Baking soda: 1 tsp
  • Salt: 1/4 tsp
  • Unsalted butter (at room temperature): 1/2 cup
  • Brown sugar: 1/2 cup
  • Molasses: 2/3 cup
  • Egg: 1 large
  • Water: 1 to 2 tbsp (as needed)

For the Icing:

  • Egg whites: 2 large
  • Powdered sugar: 3 cups
  • Lemon juice: 1 tsp


  • Assorted candies, sprinkles, and edible glitters


  1. Prepare the Dough:
    • Whisk together flour, ginger, cinnamon, baking soda, and salt.
    • In a separate bowl, cream the butter and brown sugar until fluffy. Mix in molasses and egg.
    • Gradually add the flour mixture, and knead into a firm dough. Add water if the dough is too stiff.
  2. Chill the Dough:
    • Wrap the dough in plastic and chill for at least an hour.
  3. Shape and Bake:
    • Roll out the dough and cut into shapes using gingerbread house templates.
    • Bake at 350°F (175°C) for about 12-15 minutes or until firm.
  4. Prepare the Icing:
    • Beat egg whites until frothy. Gradually add powdered sugar and lemon juice, beating until stiff peaks form.
  5. Assemble the House:
    • Use the icing as glue to assemble the house. Let it set for a bit before decorating.
  6. Decorate:
    • Get creative! Use the icing to attach candies and decorations to your gingerbread house.
  7. Display:
    • Let your gingerbread house dry completely. Then, place it on a festive plate or a decorated surface for display.

Creating a gingerbread house is a delightful way to add a personal and sweet touch to your Christmas celebrations. It’s a fantastic activity for kids and adults alike, allowing everyone to express their creativity. Plus, it makes for a charming and edible centerpiece that everyone will admire!

Happy Holidays and Happy Baking!