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Gingerbread House

Gingerbread House
Gingerbread house.

Gingerbread is a warm lightly spiced cookie that can be enjoyed all year round, but it's especially popular at Christmas time. It's a dough that can easily be rolled and cut with cookie cutters or shaped with a template to create a simple gingerbread house.

This recipe includes a template you can download and print.


Double the recipe for a gingerbread house.

  • 760g (26 oz) flour
  • 6 teaspoons ground ginger
  • 2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 200g (6 oz) brown sugar
  • 300g (10 oz) golden syrup
  • 300g (10 oz) butter
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 teaspoon of salt


Download the template below:

  • Cream the butter, sugar and golden syrup together until light and fluffy.
  • Add the eggs and beat well.
  • Add the cinnamon, ginger, baking soda and salt. Mix together well using a spatula.
  • Add the flour, and work it in until the mixture comes together in a soft dough.
  • Wrap the dough in cling wrap or a silicone mat and refrigerate for a few hours, or overnight.
  • On a lightly floured board, roll dough out to 3mm (1/8″) thickness. Cut around template shapes, cutting windows - but leaving in place.
  • Arrange on a baking paper lined oven tray, and bake at 160 degrees Celsius (320 degrees Fahrenheit) for approximately 15 minutes, or until golden.
  • When cold, pop out the windows and assemble with royal icing.
  • Decorate with your favourite lollies or sweets.

 Royal Icing


  • 1 egg white
  • 250g (9 oz) icing sugar (approximately)
  • A squeeze of lemon juice


  • Beat the egg white until stiff.
  • Add the icing sugar, a little at a time, mixing well until a peak can be held.
  • Mix in the lemon juice.
  • Add more icing sugar if necessary, until peaks can be held again.