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Cozy Gingerbread House

Learn how to make this cozy gingerbread house. Everything from gingerbread trees to a gingerbread pool, dog and more.
Prep Time1 d
Cook Time20 mins
Total Time1 d 4 hrs 20 mins
Course: Candy, Dessert, Holiday
Cuisine: American, Christmas, Holiday
Keyword: gingerbread house, gingerbread house ideas, gingerbread house kit, how to make a gingerbread house
Servings: 12
Calories: 376kcal
Cost: $20


  • Xacto Knife
  • Card board (for building a template)
  • Piping tips and piping bags
  • Food Coloring Gel
  • Battery-Operated Candles (for "inside lights")


  • 1 batch gingerbread dough
  • 1 batch royal icing
  • Variety of sprinkles
  • 1 bag slivered almonds
  • 1 pound powdered sugar for snow
  • 1 bag mini marshmallows for perimeter
  • 1 bag shredded coconut for snow
  • Jolly ranchers crushed up for pool and windows


To Make the House Structure:

  • Figure out the structure you want to make. I made templates using old Amazon boxes, creating two pieces for the roof, walls, front of the house and back of the house. I also cut out (free hand) trees, a pool, a corgi, and a sign. If you want windows, be sure to cut out windows before baking.
  • Bake these sheets of dough out, following the instructions linked above. Allow to cool completely.

To Assemble:

  • If you want to have the windows to have glass panes, crush up jolly ranchers and crush up that candy in the center of the "window." Transfer to a 350 degrees F oven to bake for about 5 minutes until the jolly rancher has melted.
  • Decorate the sides of the houses first (before assembling the gingerbread house). I liked to add trim, sprinkles, etc.
  • Using royal icing, add it to a piping bag. "Glue" the walls together using the royal icing. I liked to use cans of beans to hold up the walls to make sure they're secure while it's drying.
  • Secure all of the almonds to the roof. This took me about 1 hour to do.
  • Glue the almond roof to the house. Add the coconut snow and finish decorating the gingerbread house scene.


Make as many things as possible the day before assembly. This is what I suggest: 
-Bake off the walls, roof and any other types of 
-Make royal icing (store in an airtight containers to assure it doesn't dry out and crack) 
-Dye royal icing (in the house you see above, there were three colors: sage green (for the trees), mauve (for the house), white (obviously didn't have to be dyed)
-Paint brush small marshmallows (this will go around the perimeter) 
Xacto Knife | Piping Bags | Wilton Sprinkles | Americolor Food Gels | Spatula  | Food Paint Brushes


Serving: 12g | Calories: 376kcal | Carbohydrates: 12g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 2g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 21mg | Sodium: 2mg | Potassium: 2mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 2IU | Vitamin C: 5mg | Calcium: 2mg | Iron: 3mg