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Gingerbread House Tutorial and How-To…From a PRO!

Gingerbread House Tutorial and How-To…From a PRO!

Tip 10: Don’t underestimate the decorative power of royal icing.

Don’t get me wrong, I love to decorate with candy! But that can get really expensive, and using royal icing as its own decorative element can look absolutely gorgeous!

If you’re going to do decorative piping, or if you’re going to put on heavy candies, it’s much easier to do the decorating before the house is assembled.

There you go! Add these 10 tips to the valuable advice that Paula already figured out, and you’ll have fabulous success making gingerbread houses. Happy baking!


Thank you SO MUCH Nicole for your brilliant and detailed gingerbread house tutorial.

Also be sure to see Tikkido’s blog where she shares her expertise and amazing finds for celebrations of all kinds, or follow her on Facebook!

Thanks again, Nicole!!

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Paula Biggs

Paula Biggs

Owner at Frog Prince Paperie
Paula Biggs is a professional party planner, DIY crafter, and owner of Frog Prince Paperie, where you can find hundreds of party and craft ideas. You can also buy birthday party supplies, printables and accessories from the Frog Prince Paperie Etsy shop.


Wednesday 10th of July 2019

Thank you for this wonderful recipe! I have never liked the taste of gingerbread. Never. I made this for Christmas and I couldn't stop snarfing it down. The flavor was perfect! And the recioe worked wonderfully for our gingerbread houses. We are using this recipe from now on every year.

Paula Biggs

Monday 15th of July 2019

I'm so glad it worked so well for you! I do agree--it's one to use every year. Tikkido does such a great job with all her gingerbread recipes!

Sharlene Baker

Saturday 8th of December 2018

Hi, Paula. Thanks for sharing your recipes and your tutorial. I was thinking of making this with my preschool class (16 children). I've just ordered cookie cutters to make the house. The Dimensions are 5.5" tall for the front and back of the house, the side wall is 5.7", and the roof and base floor is 6.69x3.93" (not even sure if I would do the floor). Would I need to double or triple the recipe to make enough houses for my preschoolers? Thanks so much! Very excited for making these next week!

Sincerely, - Sharlene

Paula Biggs

Sunday 9th of December 2018

Hmmm...not really sure! I would not recommend doubling, as the bowl gets REALLY full with six cups of flour. I think I got 5 or 6 houses per batch with the small a-frame template tikkido provides (it is much easier to use!) Your dough usage will also differ based on how thin you roll the dough before baking.

Rebecca Gentges

Tuesday 4th of December 2018

I have used your tutorial for gingerbread for 3 years running now. It is the best one I've found yet! thanks so much for this info. It has made me very adventureous on designs. My family looks forward to designing and decorating every year now. My husband can't wait for the leftover sticks!!!!

Paula Biggs

Tuesday 4th of December 2018

Thanks so much, Rebecca! We're huge fans of Tikkido's recipe, too!! We're on year 8, and don't see changing any time soon :) It's perfect!

Jo Edmunds

Friday 30th of November 2018

Hey! Just wanted you to know I’ve been making this recipe for the last 7 years and it has always turned out perfect. I can consistently get 5 A frame houses plus extra trees, animals, etc out of one batch which is plenty for my family. I love your tip to use a silpat mat. I now use one 1’x3’ piece of cardboard (double thick) for a gingerbread village. Plus it’s easier to move when needed. And I’ve made cookie cutters for the A frame shapes. Streamlined the process so much! Thanks again! Happy gingerbread house making!

Paula at Frog Prince Paperie

Saturday 15th of December 2018

What a fabulous idea! I love how you've made it your own. Wishing you many more happy years of gingerbread baking. :)


Sunday 18th of November 2018

How many houses can you make out of this recipe?

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