There’s no better time than the holidays to indulge in one of the best Christmas desserts: gingerbread cookies! And if you’re a fan of sugar, spice and everything nice, then making gingerbread houses is sure to be high on your Christmas activity bucket list. After all, making gingerbread houses together as a family is fun and creative, and a great way to build memories one house at a time.
Start with the Good Housekeeping Test Kitchen’s recipe for gingerbread house cookie dough and royal icing, and from there you can go as traditional or as unique as you want. If you’re looking for a little design inspiration, we’ve rounded up dozens of gingerbread house ideas that run the gamut from classic to modern. Whether you’re a novice baker or an expert dessert aficionado, these sweet ideas are sure to help you build an epic gingerbread house this Christmas.
Prepare to top your gingerbread house with gumdrops, jelly beans, candy canes and a coating of powdered sugar snow. Whichever Christmas candy you chose, you’re guaranteed to have a ton of fun making these sugary creations. So gather your favorite sweet treats and get decorating — then grab a mug of hot cocoa, kick back and marvel at your gingerbread masterpiece.
Pastel Gingerbread House
This bright, pastel-roofed gingerbread house boasts plenty of color (while it lasts … your kids are going to eat all of those petite candies!).
Sugar Stained Glass Gingerbread House
Take a basic gingerbread house to the next level with an edible sugar glass star and intricately piped icing decorations.
Cut out larger pieces of gingerbread to create a country-style gingerbread barn. Jelly beans and M&Ms complete the look.
Nuts for Gingerbread
Those without a strong sweet tooth will appreciate this house. Decorated with almonds, macadamias and walnuts, this gingerbread residence is packed with protein.
Gingersnap cookies make for delicious shingles! Surround your creation with coconut “snow” and bottlebrush trees to create a cute holiday display.
Mini Bears Gingerbread House
Gingerbread House Cake Bombs
Pink Gingerbread House
Create a fun modern color scheme with pink frosting and green sour straps. Peppermint candy shingles and candy cane siding add an extra fun touch.
Pretzel Gingerbread Cabin
Attach pretzel rods to the exterior of your gingerbread house with royal icing to create an edible log cabin!
If you really want to go all out this Christmas, get to work on this epic gingerbread village — it makes for an impressive, sugary holiday centerpiece.
Funfetti Gingerbread House
Star Wars Gingerbread House
May the forks be with you. Gift the Star Wars fan in your life with a baked treat fit for the big screen.
Lisa Frank Gingerbread House
Vintage Gingerbread House
Gingerbread Nativity Scene
Gingerbread Ice Cream Trucks
Tudor-Style Gingerbread House
Snow Globe Gingerbread Houses
Gingerbread House Place Cards
Lebkuchen Gingerbread House
Take a note from this German tradition to give your gingerbread village major winter wonderland vibes.
Candy-Covered Gingerbread House
Marfa Prada Gingerbread House
If you haven’t made your way to Valentine, Texas to see the real thing, then make a replica and pretend you’re there.
Eiffel Tower Gingerbread House
The magic of the Eiffel Tower during the holidays is unmatched — until you bring the magic to your dining room in cookie form.
If your frosting skills are sub-par at best, throw on colorful sprinkles to dress up this classic house. Don’t worry, your frosting skills can be our little secret.
The littlest of festive abodes we ever did see is one we actually wouldn’t mind living in. Just look at it.
Red, White and Blue Galore
My Humble Gingerbread Abode
Snow Globe Gingerbread House
Let it snow! Shake up your usual gingerbread house with a twist on a classic collectible. This sugary snow globe will certainly delight.
Peppermint Gingerbread House
Prepare for your next gingerbread house-making party with this peppermint treat. Decorate with signature sweets in creating monochromatic patterns.
Cinnamon Gingerbread House
Gumdrop Gingerbread House
Deck The Halls Gingerbread House
If Christmas is your favorite holiday, then you’ll want to put this colorful gingerbread house on your wishlist and check it twice. This perfectly perched present might be too good to eat!
Blue Christmas Gingerbread House
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