12+ Gingerbread House Designs: {Free Patterns & Ideas}

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You’ll find plenty of sweet ideas for making gingerbread houses in this collection that includes decorating tips, free templates to download and even a few recipes.

Before you start building, you’ll need some gingerbread to work with. Here’s a vintage recipe from Laura Ingalls Wilder (Little House on the Prairie series)…

1 cup brown sugar blended with
1/2 cup lard or other shortening.
1 cup molasses mixed well with this.
2 teaspoons baking soda in 1 cup boiling water
(Be sure cup is full of water after foam is run off into cake mixture).

Mix all well.

To 3 cups of flour have added one teaspoon each of the following spices: ginger, cinnamon, allspice, nutmeg, cloves; and 1/2 teaspoon salt. Sift all into cake mixture and mix well.

Add lastly 2 well-beaten eggs.

The mixture should be quite thin.

Bake in a moderate oven for thirty minutes.

Raisins and, or, candied fruit may be added and a chocolate frosting adds to the goodness.

Ready to start creating your masterpiece? Here’s a bunch of tutorials to help you out, enjoy!

mccormick.com

mccormick.com

Manor: Recipe and assembly instructions plus 8 pages of pattern pieces in a pdf file.

With Dormers: Nice design with two dormers along the side.

tasteofhome.com

tasteofhome.com

pastrypieces.com

pastrypieces.com

Hansel & Gretel Style: Six page pdf includes recipe and instructions, you’ll find it here.

Perfect: All you need is here, recipes for dough and icing, templates (pdf), assembly and decorating instructions.

bonappetit.com

bonappetit.com

ciaculinaryintelligence.com

ciaculinaryintelligence.com

With Gumdrops: Recipes for making gingerbread and royal icing as well as tips for assembly.

Simple Template: This makes a small version and available via pdf.

chocolateonmycranium.blogspot.ca

chocolateonmycranium.blogspot.ca

foodnetwork.com

foodnetwork.com

With Frosted Roof: Recipe and instructions, piece measurements are given for making your own templates.

Charming & Simple: Decorations include flaked almonds, mini-chocolate fingers, assorted sweets and edible silver balls.

bbcgoodfood.com

bbcgoodfood.com

thedecoratedcookie.com

thedecoratedcookie.com

Sewing Cottage: Adorable and well suited for crafters!

How-To Slideshow: Picture slideshow detailing how to put one together and basic decorating instructions, pdf file available.

tasteofthesouthmagazine.com

tasteofthesouthmagazine.com

lefrancophoney.com

lefrancophoney.com

Festive: Includes recipe and construction guidelines. Files available in two different formats: pdf and jpg.

These don’t include pattern pieces but they offer plenty of good tips, techniques and ideas for decorating.

countryliving.com

countryliving.com

Making A Village: A nice tutorial and great suggestions for decorations:

  • Snow: melted white chocolate sprinkled with sparkling sugar and lined with silver dragees.
  • Wreaths & Window Boxes: licorice whips & green peppercorns.
  • Shutters & Lintels: sticks of chewing gum.
  • Red Chimney & Door: dough tinted with food coloring (outline them and house joints with royal icing).
  • Pathway: sunflower seeds, puffed millet, and dragees.
  • Thatched Roof: All-Bran cereal lined with sticks of red gum.
  • Eaves & Masonry: jelly beans.
  • Window Frames: sticks of gum.
  • Doorknobs: dragees.
  • Windows: To create a warm glow, place hard candies on a lightly oiled nonstick sheet pan at 350°F until melted, 5 or 6 minutes. Do not let the candy bubble; remove it from the oven as soon as it has melted.
  • Mortar: Royal icing is the “glue” that holds the pieces together and the embellishments in place.
frogprincepaperie.com

frogprincepaperie.com

Lessons Learned, Tips & Recipe: Offers a variety of tips when first getting started including…

  • Plan on needing at least a couple days to make one (for baking, assembling and decorating).
  • Save an old pizza box and use the cardboard for template pieces.
  • When first “gluing” the pieces together with royal icing, use heavy objects like canned goods and bottles of oil to hold the pieces tight together until the icing dries.

Much more available (plus another good article referenced with more tips here).

sweetopia.net

sweetopia.net

Getting Creative:

Some nice tips offered along with quick instructions for how to make lovely trees (the picture here is an unfinished version, see the link for completed trees with snow-capped branches).

More suggestions: a fondant snowman, flood icing to make icicles (with #2 piping tip) and lots of glittery goodies made with disco dust.

Another goody to check out: Scandinavian Pepparkakstuga.

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Published: December 21, 2010
Updated: October 10, 2012

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  1. Bree says:

    I used the tasteofhome.com template and was given so many complements on how impressed everyone was on my first attempt of a ginger bread house. Thank you so much for a great website! can’t wait to make another one! Is there any way I can share my finished product with you?


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