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Making gingerbread houses can be a very long process. It takes a lot of patience to make a house stand. Make the process easier (and simpler for little ones) by making gingerbread house cookies using a house shaped cookie cutter and decorate just like you would a 3D gingerbread house. 

Prep time
Bake/Cook time
0:08 to 0:10
10-20 cookies depending on size of cookie cutters
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Flat Gingerbread Houses
Light Brown Sugar
Prep time :
Bake/Cook time :
0:08 to 0:10
Yield :
10-20 cookies depending on size of cookie cutters


  • 1/4 cup butter, room temperature
  • 1/2 cup Imperial Sugar Light Brown Sugar
  • 1/2 cup molasses
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 3 1/2 cups all-purpose flour*
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 3 teaspoons ground ginger
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1/4 teaspoon cardamom
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup water
  • Royal Icing
  • Candies for decorating

*Spoon & Sweep method: Use a spoon to fill measuring cup with flour until required amount is obtained. Scooping measuring cup directly into flour bag will firmly pack flour resulting in too much flour required for recipe.


  1. Cream butter and brown sugar in bowl of an electric mixer. Add molasses and vanilla and mix until completely combined.
  2. Whisk flour, baking soda, spices, and salt in a medium bowl. Add dry ingredients to butter mixture about 1/2 cup at a time, adding water in between. Mix until combined.
  3. Wrap dough in plastic wrap and chill in refrigerator for one hour, or overnight.
  4. Preheat oven to 350°F. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper. Set aside.
  5. Roll dough out on a floured board to 1/8 to 1/4 inch thick. Use cutters to cut out shapes.
  6. Bake for 8 to 10 minutes. Let cool on baking sheets for 5 minutes, then let cool completely on wire rack.
  7. Decorate with royal icing and candies.


NOTE: This is a great activity for preschoolers and smaller children.  Set out royal icing in piping bags and candies to decorate this sweet gingerbread village. Add gingerbread men and trees to create a full scene.

Recipe developed for Imperial Sugar by Bree Hester

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