Make these mini gingerbread houses during the Christmas break with the kids. They are very easy to make and perfect mug toppers to serve with homemade hot cocoa and marshmallows.
Like the gingerbread house or Christmas tree made with cookies, these mini gingerbread houses are very trendy during the holidays.
Make with Christmas sugar cookies dough flavored with gingerbread, a mixture of cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg and cloves and with molasses, which is the essential flavor of gingerbread.
To make mini gingerbread house, you can use a cookie cutter kit or simply print out my template on cardstock, which you can use to cut out each cookie piece.
The cookies are then glued together with royal icing, which is also used to decorate the tiny gingerbread houses to give that snow effect.
Make these small gingerbread houses for a decorating party with the kids who will have fun decorating them during the Christmas break at home.
Ingredients and substitutions
Put on your apron to make these pretty gingerbread houses at home, here is the list of ingredients and substitutions. And to see the quantities, simply scroll down the page to see the recipe card.
Gingerbread house dough
- Butter: Use only unsalted butter, which should be softened.
- Brown sugar: a flavored sugar such as dark brown sugar or cane sugar.
- Egg: at room temperature
- Molasses: essential for the gingerbread, you can replace it with a mixture of honey and maple syrup (the cookies will have a more soft taste)
- Flour: white wheat flour, which can be replaced with a gluten-free flour mix.
- Spices: cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, cloves or a ready-made gingerbread mix.
- Yeast: Baking soda or baking powder.
- Vanilla and salt: Essential to bring out all the flavors.
Royal icing and decorations
Royal icing is a very simple white icing to make, this recipe is very easy and made up of only 2 ingredients, powdered sugar and water.
You can also color the cookie icing with food coloring gels to decorate gingerbread houses with colored royal icing.
- Sugar: simply sprinkle granulated sugar over the icing for a pretty effect.
- Sprinkles: sugar pearls, sprinkles, colored sugar, crushed candy canes and other sugar decorations.
⚠️ You will find the quantities and complete instructions in the recipe card at the end of the page.
How to make small gingerbread house
1 - Gingerbread dough
- In a large bowl, combine softened butter and brown sugar and mix with an electric mixer for 2 to 3 minutes until creamy.
- Add the egg and vanilla extract and mix again with a mixer to incorporate.
Tip: Use an electric mixer, for larger quantities use a stand mixer with the flat spatula attachment.
- Add the molasses to the mixture and mix again with an electric mixer until well incorporated.
Tip: Molasses adds a very fragrant flavor to gingerbread, if you don't have any you can simply replace it with a mixture of honey and maple syrup.
Add dry ingredients
- Add dry ingredients, flour, spices, baking soda and salt, previously mixed together and sift.
- Mix with a mixer or by hand until you obtain a homogeneous dough.
- Form the dough into a ball and cover with plastic wrap and let it rest in the refrigerator for at least 30 minutes.
Cutting the house pieces
- Roll out the cookie dough on a lightly floured surface or between 2 sheets of parchment paper to a thickness of 3mm.
- Place the dough disc in the freezer for 10-15 minutes, then cut out the gingerbread house pieces using the pattern that you cut out of the cardboard and a small dough knife.
Tip: To make a house you need 6 pieces, use 2 times each template piece to make one house.
- Place each piece of dough on a baking sheet lined with baking paper.
- Bake the cookies in a preheated oven at 347°F / 170°C for about 8 -10 minutes.
- Allow the cookies to cool slightly before moving them to a wire rack to cool completely.
Tip: To get perfect shapes, place the dough pieces in the freezer for 15 to 20 minutes before baking.
2 - Assembly of the little house
- Prepare the 6 pieces needed to assemble a small house.
- Using a piping bag filled with royal icing, pipe a small amount of icing onto the two sides of the house.
- Then immediately glue the two sides together, pressing well (see photos).
- Then add icing to all the joints and glue the 2 pieces of the roof.
- If necessary, add more icing on all the joints to consolidate the house.
- Let dry for about 20 minutes before decorating.
3 - Decoration
- Decorate gingerbread house with the piping bag containing the royal icing.
- Immediately sprinkle with sugar decorations before icing dries.
- Let gingerbread houses dry completely at room temperature for one hour before eating.
Tip: The mini gingerbread houses are the perfect size to make a mug topper or to decorate a holiday table.
Gingerbread houses can only be stored at room temperature for 1 to 2 weeks. You can place them in a large storage box with a lid to protect them from humidity.
More Christmas cookies
- Jam linzer cookies
- Snickerdoodle cookies
- Chocolate Crinkle
- Spritzgebäck Cookies
- Christmas snowflake cookies
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