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How to Make a Simple and Festive Gingerbread House

Fragrant and delicious gingerbread cookies and houses always make the perfect addition to a cosy and heart warming Christmas. Who wouldn’t love the temping smell of the spices as you bake up batches upon batches of the traditional Christmas cookie!

To help get your home ready and festive in time for some fine holiday fun, here’s a fabulous tutorial on how to create your own candy-covered gingerbread house. You can decorate it yourself or perhaps to entertain the kids make a few smaller houses so that each child can cover them with candy and chocolate decorations.

Gingerbread house tutorial by Juniper Cakery

Create the perfect candy home with this step-by-step gingerbread house tutorial!

Materials needed to make a gingerbread house

  • Your go-to gingerbread recipe
  • Pastry cutter or small sharp knife
  • Baking sheets
  • Silicone mats or parchment paper
  • Extra parchment paper
  • Ruler
  • Marker or pen
  • Angled palette knife
  • Royal icing
  • Rollin pin
  • Cake board
  • Scissors
  • All-purpose flour to dust surface
  • Candy to decorate
Planning out a gingerbread house template by Juniper Cakery

Step 1:

With a ruler, marker and parchment paper plan out your gingerbread house shape and translate this into a cut out template.

Cutting out a gingerbread house template by Juniper Cakery

Step 2:

Take your gingerbread dough and roll out to a good thickness. Using your template cut out the appropriate pieces. If you’d like to have some realistic see through windows in your gingerbread house why not check out this handy stained glass candy cookie tutorial!

Baking a Christmas gingerbread house by Juniper Cakery

Step 3:

Transfer these onto your lined baking tray and bake according to your recipe! Once baked leave to cool and transfer to a wire rack.

Flood icing a gingerbread house with royal icing by Juniper Cakery

Step 4:

If you’d like to flood ice your pieces like our house we recommend doing so and leaving the panels to fully set and harden for around 24 hours.

Tutorial on how to assemble and glue a gingerbread house for Christmas
Tutorial for making a festive gingerbread house by Juniper Cakery

Step 5:

Take your ready gingerbread house pieces and assemble them using the royal icing. You may need an extra helper for this step or perhaps some glass jars to help hold the panels upright. Leave to set. Leave attaching your gingerbread roof until your wall panels have firmly set.

Add royal icing to a cake board for a rustic snow effect

Step 6:

Once your house has set together take your cake board and smother generously with royal icing to create a wonderful snow-y ground!

Make a Christmas gingerbread house by Juniper Cakery

Step 7:

Carefully lift your assembled gingerbread house and gently nestle into the royal icing ‘snow’ on your cake board. Once transferred now is the time to add your roof sections.

Decorating a festive gingerbread house with cookies, candies and sprinkles

Step 8:

Now you can decorate your adorable festive cookie house with fondant pieces, characters, candy, cupcakes, ribbon, edible glitter etc! What fun! Some great ideas include using marshmallows for fluffy snowballs, adding crushed isomalts to mimic glistening ice, add snowflake sprinkles or edible sugar pearls for a playful look and dust liberally with icing sugar for soft snowdrifts!

Fun candy decorated gingerbread house by Juniper Cakery

You can add cut down chocolate bars, biscuits or strips of melted chocolate to create adorable fences. For stone walls why not utilize rice cereal treats, chocolate chips or even bright jelly beans! Decorating gingerbread houses is by far one of the most fun things to do in preparation for the Christmas festivities!

If you’d like a more grown-up and glamorous gingerbread house why not try truffles, wafer biscuit cigarillos, molded chocolates, macarons, gold and silver luster dust and sprays, spun sugar and caramel drizzles!

How to make a gingerbread house tutorial by Juniper Cakery

Gingerbread houses are fantastic additions to any Christmas dinner table. They’re pretty darn impressive and thoughtful gifts for friends and loved ones too! Hopefully, with our tutorial, you’ll be baking and decorating delicious architectural masterpieces in no time!

Remember to have lots of fun, get creative with lots of bright candies. And, also keep in mind that royal icing “snow” can hide a multitude of mishaps just in case you need a cover-up or two!

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How would you decorate your gingerbread house for the festive season?

One Comment

Anne-Brit

I would make a cozy garden shack, a refuge for one. Worn out dusty colors in fifty shades of.. you know all, and a small fireplace.
With orange light from the fire sifting through the cracks between the wooden planks, and snow on the roof, bench and tools outside, it will look heavenly. A large green(fir) and red(berries) wrath on the door, nails Christmas for me.
Tall shrubs and a fallen log outside could add to its charms as protective shelter.

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