Gingerbread House

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Create a Gingerbread House for many occasions! Made with Pamela’s Bread Mix.
To make this house you will need to use these templates:

View our Gingerbread House slideshow to see how to construct the house.

Want to make gingerbread men? See our Gingerbread Cookies recipe.

Gingerbread House

Gingerbread House


  • 1 bag (3½ cups) Pamela's Bread Mix (no yeast needed)
  • ¾ cup brown sugar, packed
  • ¾ tsp baking soda
  • ¾ cup molasses
  • 12 TBSP butter or margarine, chilled
  • 1 TBSP ground cinnamon
  • 1 TBSP ground ginger
  • ½ tsp ground cloves
  • 2 TBSP milk, milk substitute or water
  • Pamela's Royal Icing:
  • 1 bag Pamela's Vanilla Frosting Mix
  • 2 egg whites
  • ½ tsp cream of tartar


Preheat oven to 350°. Use HEAVY DUTY STAND MIXER and paddle. In mixing bowl combine all dry ingredients. Add chilled butter (cut into 12 pieces), molasses and milk, and mix until dough comes together. Divide dough and roll to 1/8 to ¼ inch thick between two layers of parchment paper. Freeze for 15 minutes.

Print out and cut out Gingerbread House template pieces. Remove top sheet of parchment from frozen dough and cut out one house piece at a time. Spray paper template with non-stick oil before placing on cookie dough. Cut around template, then remove paper pattern. Leave the cut out cookie on parchment and pull away excess dough. Trim excess paper around cookie to about 1-inch, then transfer parchment and cookie to baking sheet. Multiple pieces can fit on one baking sheet.

Bake cookies twice to dry enough for building a house. Bake at 350° for 10 minutes. Then turn off oven leaving cookies inside with door shut. Leave them to cool completely in the heat of the oven (3 to 4 hours). When cool, remove cookies from oven, preheat oven again to 350°, then bake for an another 10 minutes. Turn off oven with cookies inside with door shut, leave until cool. Cookies need to be very dry to hold up when building a Gingerbread House.

Construct the house using Pamela's Royal Icing.

Pamela's Royal Icing:

With electric mixer, mix all ingredients until smooth and sharp peaks appear. Mixture should be thin enough to be pressed through a pastry bag with a writing tip. Add more water or food coloring, if necessary. Keep in mind that food coloring adds liquid to the recipe. You can separate out small amounts of icing for different colors. You may need to make a double recipe depending on the amount of frosting you need.

Decorate with candies stuck into the icing.

*Consumers concerned about gluten should check that all flavorings and additional ingredients added to recipes are gluten-free.

Make a gingerbread house for all of your favorite holidays!

Romantic Valentine's Day Cottage:

Spooky Halloween House:

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15 Reviews or Comments for Gingerbread House

  1. SHARON December 13, 2015 at 8:45 am #

    How many houses does this recipe make?

    • Pamelas Customer Service December 13, 2015 at 10:11 am #

      Hi Sharon,
      It makes one house.

  2. Renee December 14, 2015 at 1:27 pm #

    Is it edible? I mean I know it is technically but to hold up to the construction gingerbread houses are often too hard and dry to actually eat and are usually just used as decor. But I am hoping to have one that tastes good too.

    • Monica December 24, 2016 at 7:01 am #

      My husband ate the whole house and said it tasted great:)

  3. Inga Halverson-Johnson November 30, 2016 at 2:48 pm #

    Is there a recipe for gingerbread using the artisan blend of Pamela’s ? I am in need of one by tomorrow

    • Pamelas Customer Service December 1, 2016 at 11:57 am #

      Hi Inga,
      We do not have a recipe specifically for gingerbread using our All-Purpose Flour Artisan Blend at this time, but you should be able to substitute it for wheat flour in a traditional gingerbread recipe.

  4. Ashleigh Lepp December 18, 2016 at 10:24 pm #

    Will the pancake baking mix work well with this recipe?

    • Pamelas Customer Service December 19, 2016 at 9:29 am #

      Hi Ashleigh,
      This recipe was formulated for the Bread Mix. We have not tried it with the Baking & Pancake Mix so we don’t know if it would work. Sorry!

  5. michelle December 13, 2017 at 5:55 am #

    Thank you so much for this recipe! Our family gets together with other families and have our own gingerbread house competition every year. This is the first year he is gf. I was not sure he would be able to participate because taste is part of the competition. Thank you so much for including this recipe.

  6. Desiree Malone December 9, 2018 at 2:56 pm #

    Excellent recipe. Our kids made 2 of these last year and they were a huge hit. Easy recipe, templates, and assembly.

    Recipe Rating: 5
  7. Jms December 13, 2018 at 6:15 pm #

    Our son is allergic to dairy. Can we use egg replacer for the egg whites?

    • Pamelas Customer Service December 14, 2018 at 12:43 pm #

      Hello Jms,
      Egg replacer will not work for royal icing. The best thing to do is to search the internet for vegan royal icing recipes. You can find many and you can see which ingredients will work for you.

  8. Shira December 17, 2018 at 4:23 pm #

    can I make the gingerbread 1 or 2 days ahead of time?
    Shira (themustanggirl)

    • Pamelas Customer Service December 18, 2018 at 9:38 am #

      Hi Shira,
      Yes, the gingerbread will be a hard cookie. You can make it ahead of time.

      • Shira December 18, 2018 at 1:01 pm #

        Okay thank you so much!;)

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