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Gingerbread House from Scratch Tutorial

DIY tutorial for a beautiful gingerbread house covered in snow


We are getting closer to Christmas and I hope you are feeling the holiday feeling around you already. To me the best parts of Christmas are about baking and making other kind of homemade delicacies for the Christmas holidays. This year I have decided to go full on DIY and gift my family a box with homemade goodies. Also I decided that I want to make everyone a beautiful gingerbread house to bring some Christmas spirit in their houses.

This ​tutorial is very straight forward and easy to make. I have not even made any holes for the door and the windows as I wanted to keep this tutorial really simple and see what kind of a house would one be able to make this way. And even if it is me saying that, I think it makes a very beautiful house, even with such a simple tutorial :) So if you are a beginner and have never made a gingerbread house before then this tutorial is a perfect place for you to start. 

For this tutorial you will need one portion of my homemade gingerbread dough (this will make two houses)​, royal icing (I use Wilton´s meringue powder* which comes with a recipe), some extra icing sugar for dusting, some good quality piping bags (I use these from SveBake and I can truly recommend them) and a small piping tip (this is optional, see video).

Scroll down for the step-by-step video tutorial and the templates for the house.

Happy Baking lovelies! Enjoy creating your own unique Gingerbread Houses!

P.S. If you feel like sending me photos of your creations, I would love to see them :)

*The product links on this page are Amazon-Partner links with my partner code. This means I might earn money from your purchase. This will not however, affect the price you pay.


Step by Step Video

1. Make the Gingerbread Dough as instructed here.

2. Print out these templates and cut them out. 

4. Roll out the dough and cut out the shapes. Also cut out 20cm x 20cm square shape for the base.

5. Bake the house parts as instructed here and allow to cool completely before decorating.

6. Prepare the royal icing, leave about 1/3 as in the recipe and to the rest add some extra water to make it piping consistency (I add the extra water one teaspoon at the time to avoid adding too much).

7. Decorate all parts of the house with the royal icing (see video). You can use these templates if you wish.

8. Allow the decorations to dry completely. This can take 12-24 hours.

9. Construct the house using the thick royal icing as instructed in the video (see video).

10. Allow the house to dry completely before wrapping it in cellophane.

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