How to make the best Christmas gingerbread house

decorated gingerbread house

RACV Staff

Posted December 06, 2022

Make Christmas even sweeter by baking and decorating a gingerbread house with your loved ones. 

Gingerbread houses are synonymous with Christmas festivities around the world and are said to have originated in Germany in the 16th century.

The whole family can have fun making gingerbread houses this Christmas with this recipe from Le Petit Gateau Executive Chef Amit Sinha. The same recipe can also be used to make gingerbread biscuits.

Christmas gingerbread house recipe



Time to make

90 minutes




  • 120g unsalted butter, softened
  • 200g brown sugar
  • 120g golden syrup
  • 1 (60g) egg
  • 1 tbsp vanilla paste
  • 420g plain flour
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp ginger powder
  • 1/2 mixed spice
Royal icing
  • 2 large egg whites
  • 2 tsp fresh lemon juice
  • 3 cups icing sugar
  • Food colouring if desired


  1. Beat the butter and sugar on medium speed until smooth and creamy. Add the golden syrup and continue mixing until it's combined and creamy.
  2. Scrape the mixture off the sides and bottom of the bowl. Add the egg and vanilla paste. Mix until combined.
  3. In a separate bowl, combine the sifted flour, baking powder, ginger powder and mixed spice. 
  4. On a low speed, slowly mix the dry ingredients into the wet ingredients until combined. Do not overmix. 
  5. Cover the dough in plastic wrap and place in the fridge for 30 minutes to rest. 
  6. Take the dough out of the fridge and roll it in between two sheets of non-stick baking powder. 
  7. Using a stencil, cut out the shapes for your gingerbread house. Bake in preheated oven at 180°C for about 10-12 minutes.
  8. While the gingerbread bakes, make your icing. Beat the egg whites with the lemon juice until frothy. Add the sifted icing sugar. Beat on low speed until combined, appearing smooth and shiny. Turn the beater to a high setting for about five minutes until stiff and glossy.
  9. When the gingerbread is done, allow biscuits to cool for 5 minutes and then transfer to a wire rack. 
  10. Put together your gingerbread house, starting with a corner. Be sure to ice the inside and outside for stability. 


Decorate the gingerbread house with your favourite lollies. Image: Matt Harvey
Ice the inside and outside of the gingerbread house for stability. Image: Matt Harvey.

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