Gingerbread Recipes

A quick and EASY gingerbread recipe anyone can use to make the perfect ginger bread!

Basic Gingerbread House

The ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup (6 oz.) buttermilk/ water
  • 6 tbsp. (3 oz., 3/4 stick) butter
  • 1 cup (8 oz.) brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup (6 oz.) molasses/ golden syrup
  • 1 large egg
  • 5 cups (21 1/4 oz.) All-Purpose Flour
  • 1 tsp. baking soda
  • 1 tsp. ground ginger
  • 1 tsp. cinnamon, allspice & nutmeg
  • 1/2 tsp. salt

How to Make Gingerbread in Five Easy Steps:

Gingerbread house ingredients mixing

  1. Melt butter, stir in sugar, molasses & buttermilk or water if you don’t have buttermilk.
  2. Mix together all dry ingredients.
  3. Add cups of dry ingredients to wet mixture while whisking/mixing.
  4. Continue until too heavy then knead dough on a flour-dusted flat surface using your (clean) hands until usable – it should not be sticky nor crumbly.
  5. Wrap dough in cling film or plastic, store in fridge for 1 hr.

Rolling and Cutting Gingerbread

Gingerbread dough

  1. Lightly dust clean surface with flour and use a rolling pin to roll out the dough in 1/4″ deep square slabs.
  2. Place templates over top & use toothpicks to prick through holes along the lines.
  3. Remove template and cut our pieces – you can use a knife or pizza cutter. For circle use a bottle top or jar lid the same size.
  4. Place on cookie paper/ rice paper and then on baking tray and put in hot oven (275C) for 15 – 18 mins or getting brown around edges.
  5. Take out, flatten any curled up edges, allow to cool for 10 mins
  6. and then you’re ready to decorate.

How to Make Royal Icing:

Royal icing Mix

  • 3 egg whites
  • 1/2 tsp. cream of tartar
  • 4 cups (1 lb.) unsifted confectioners’ sugar/ icing sugar
  • 1 tsp Vanilla essence.

Use mixer or whisk together egg whites adding sugar until stiff.
Put in piping bag and use as glue to stick pieces together (you may need to experiment with drying time of the icing so the parts don’t fall off).
You may need some props to hold up pieces whilst the icing dries.

Keep some icing aside with damp towel over the bowl so it does not set.
Do NOT put icing in the fridge – it will melt and become unusable.
Use icing to decorate with confectionary of your choice.

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