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Gingerbread House Cookies

Gingerbread House Cookies: a classic gingerbread cookie recipe perfect for Christmas cookie ornaments or mini houses.

Gingerbread House Cookies: a classic gingerbread cookie recipe perfect for Christmas cookie ornaments or mini houses.Gingerbread is a real favourite around here.  My husband and my kids love it.  We made the sweetest little gingerbread house cookies for hanging on the Christmas tree or giving as gifts.  And then we couldn’t resist making some tiny little gingerbread houses.  

I’m so excited to be joining in the Christmas Cookie Hop, hosted by A Pretty Life.  Be sure to check out more great Christmas cookie recipes at the bottom of the post.

how to make gingerbread house cookies

Gingerbread House Cookies

Gingerbread House Cookies

Gingerbread House Cookies: a classic gingerbread cookie recipe perfect for Christmas cookie ornaments or mini houses.


  • 3 cups all purpose flour
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp ground cloves
  • 1/4 tsp ground ginger
  • 1/4 tsp ground nutmeg
  • 1/4 tsp cinnamon
  • 6 tbsp softened butter
  • 3/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup molasses
  • 1 egg
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 1 tbsp softened butter
  • 1 tbsp milk


  1. Combine flour, salt, cloves, ginger, nutmeg and cinnamon in large bowl and set aside.
  2. Add butter and brown sugar to a stand mixer and beat until light and fluffy.  Add in the molasses, and mix well, scraping down the sides of the bowl. Add in the egg, and mix well again.
  3. Gradually add in the flour mixture, and mix until the dough comes together.
  4. Divide dough in half. On a floured surface roll out the dough and cut out with shapes. Bake at 350 F for 10-15 minutes -less time for smaller cookies, more for larger cookies, and less for chewy cookies, longer for crunchy cookies depending on your preference. Allow to cool on a rack.
  5. To make the icing, combine powdered sugar, milk, and 1 tbsp butter in a bowl and stir to fully combine. Place in a piping bag, and decorate the cookies.
Gingerbread House Cookie ornaments

To make the house cookies we cut out different house sizes using a knife, and then made a hole for hanging with a plastic straw.

Gingerbread House CookieWe used a little bakers twine to hang them from.

my favourite gingerbreadThe tiny houses are made from a cookie cutter set from H&M Home.

mini Gingerbread HousesMy girls actually decorated them all.  I think the students have exceeded the teacher now.  I was working on some last year, and then they came home from school and made some far more beautiful ones than I had.  This year I left it too them.

miniature gingerbread houseshow to make a miniature gingerbread housetiny gingerbread houseWe arranged them on a cake plate and added in a few cookie trees too.

mini gingerbread house Christmas villageThe plate is decorated with some coarse sugar, and then sprinted with more powdered sugar.

Gingerbread House CookiesI love how they turned out, and they’re so delicious too.  The perfect Christmas cookie.

Gingerbread House CookiesWith homemade gingerbread house cookies, life really is a party!


More Delicious Christmas Cookie Recipes:

For more Christmas cookie recipes, make sure you check out the delicious recipes below!

Swiss Mountain Shortbread by Kim of Kim Power Style

German Iced Spice Christmas Cookies by Christina of The DIY Mommy

Slice and Bake Shortbread Cookies by Jo-Anna of A Pretty Life in the Suburbs

Cathedral Window Cookies by Rita of Harbour Breeze Home

Chocolate Peppermint Biscotti by Kendra of Joy In Our Home

Cranberry Orange Shortbread by Jen of Kitchen Counter Chronicles

Holiday Crinkle Cookies by Lisa of Fabulous Habits

Maple Shortbread Snowflakes by Laura of one house 2 barns

Ritz Cracker Bark (aka Crookies) by Courtenay of Creek Line House

Peppermint Hot Cocoa Cookies by Jennifer of Happily Organized Chaos

Earl Grey Snowball Cookies by Tan of Squirrelly Minds

Gingerbread Cookies by Dannyelle of Life is a Party


You might also like our Sugar Cookies here.

Sugar Cookies: Grandma's tested and true recipe will become your go-to recipe for soft and tender cut out sugar cookies you can decorate with icing.

Also check out our Raspberry Almond Thumbprint Cookies here.

You might also enjoy our Toblerone Shortbread with Browned Flour Cookies here.

Toblerone Shortbread with Browned Flour -The "Famous Phipps Shortbread" with roasted flour, and Toblerone chocolate bar chunks.


  1. You win the award for cutest cookies on the internet!! Great job 🙂 They even look too good to eat (although I totally would have one with a cup of tea, want some company?! haha)

  2. Jen, thanks so much. I have to admit that my girls decorated them not me -I’m luck that my helpers are so good!

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