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Gingerbread for Gingerbread House Kit

This recipe adapted from "Martha Stewart Living" (December 1995)

  • Yield: Makes enough for 5 small house kits
Gingerbread for Gingerbread House Kit

Source: The Martha Stewart Show, December Winter 2005


  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter
  • 1 cup dark-brown sugar
  • 4 teaspoons ground ginger
  • 4 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons ground cloves
  • 1 teaspoon finely ground black pepper
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons salt
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 1/2 cups unsulfured molasses
  • 6 cups all-purpose flour


  1. In a large bowl, sift together flour, baking soda, and baking powder; set aside.

  2. In an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, cream butter and brown sugar until fluffy. Mix in spices and salt. Beat in eggs and molasses.

  3. Add flour mixture; mix on low speed until thoroughly combined. Divide dough into thirds and wrap in plastic. Chill for at least 1 hour.

  4. Heat oven to 350 degrees. On a well-floured surface, roll out dough to 1/8 inch thick. Cut into desired shapes, or using template instructions, if desired. Place dough shapes on ungreased baking sheets; chill until firm, about 15 minutes. Bake 15 minutes, or until gingerbread is firm in the center, but not dark around the edges.

  5. Click here for our Gingerbread House template and Gingerbread House Kit instructions.


Reviews (8)

  • Jane Tanner 23 Nov, 2013

    I would put parchment paper down on the cookie sheet. Without it, my cookies cracked coming off.

  • katiereap 5 Dec, 2008

    thank you!!! so smart! i just emailed them and they send me a link that brought me right to the templates. thanks so much!

  • VAWhite 1 Dec, 2008

    My sister was having the same problem of not being able to get the templates. After many attempts, I finally figured out that you have to close the video (up in the right hand corner of the video) and the instructions will come up with the place to ask for the templates. Hope this helps.

  • katiereap 30 Nov, 2008

    I really want to make these houses but cannot get the templates to come up! HELP!

  • cherigoldscheitter 14 Dec, 2007

    You won't believe, but on the second batch i ran out of butter, and so i used margarine( I have no idea why i have it in my refrigerator, Inever use it! ) But the dough was much nicer to work with, and the icing recipe i found is just 4 egg whites, 4 cups powdered sugar and a drop of extract, i used peppermint oil, yum! No mereingue powder, no problem PERFECT!

  • cherigoldscheitter 13 Dec, 2007

    We have made gingerbread houses as gifts for teachers when our oldest two were in preschool. Our oldest is in fifth grade now, so it has become a tradition. We have fun , eat some candy and talk about the teachers and it helps to build respect for them and a great time to talk to your kids about all kinds of things as you work together! Can't wait to try a new dough recipe!! thank you!

  • kimandkids 27 Nov, 2007

    My two girls - ages 3 and 2 and I have been working on the gingerbread recipe all day,( baking time and diaper duty involved) we might get around to decorating our houses tonight. I'm so excited to see how they turn out!

  • Kikiak 7 Nov, 2007

    I have been make a gingerbread house and cookies with my nieces and nephew every year for the past 5 years. I know they look forward to it every Christmas. What a great family tradition, and I will pass the recipe on to them someday. :)

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