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20 Gingerbread House Ideas

Bring some Christmas magic to your home with a classic holiday tradition—gingerbread houses! The edible establishments made out of graham crackers or gingerbread are fun to decorate with an assortment of colorful candies and make a fun presentation on your holiday table.

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Gingerbread Farm

Life on the farm is super sweet—when you live in this amazing gingerbread barn! Our cookie creation features animal treats, a pretzel stick fence and a silo made from shredded wheat.

Check out our complete guide to gingerbread for house-building tips, cookie decorating advice and more.

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Gingerbread Lodge

Gingerbread Lodge

With a little effort, a basic A-frame gingerbread house kit becomes this snowy ski lodge. We used candy rocks for the exterior, rolled wafer cookies for exposed beams and a heaping helping of royal icing and coarse sugar for the snow-kissed rooftop.

Learn how to build a gingerbread house here.

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Gingerbread Cabin

Gingerbread Cabin

Who wouldn’t want to curl up in this cozy gingerbread cabin? A basic A-frame kit gets dressed up with shredded wheat cereal, pretzel rods and candy rocks. Our favorite embellishment is the mounted candy “antlers” on the front door, made from a chocolate disc and broken pretzel pieces.
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Gingerbread Cottage

This charming gingerbread cottage tastes as good as it looks, thanks to the subtle molasses flavor in this easy dough. —Linda Railey, Des Moines, Iowa
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Gingerbread House with Chimney

Gingerbread House with Chimney

Santa will be happy to land on the rooftop of this cute gingerbread house made from an A-frame kit. The impressive chimney made from graham crackers, icing and red chewy candy is just big enough for him to slide down.
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Gingerbread Christmas Cottage

Have a magical afternoon with your family creating this sweet little cottage. It is a fun kid-made surprise to bring to Grandma's house, too! —Blanche Comiskey, Franklin, Wisconsin
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Christmas Cottages

To put a simple spin on the traditional gingerbread houses, we used purchased chocolate graham crackers. Make the "houses" ahead as an edible centerpiece, or let little elves assemble their own during your Christmas party. —Taste of Home Test Kitchen
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Christmas Village Houses

Bring some holiday magic to your home with these cute gingerbread creations. The edible establishments are so easy to assemble and decorate with candies that your little elves can join in the fun. Serve them as a sweet snack or use to decorate a buffet table. —Taste of Home Test Kitchen
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Christmas Graham Houses

Bring some holiday magic to your home with these cute creations. They're so easy to build and decorate with candies that your little elves can join in the fun. Serve them as a sweet snack or use to decorate.—Taste of Home Test Kitchen
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Winter Wonderland Gingerbread Cottage

Constructing a gingerbread cottage will become a tradition for your family during the holiday season with this easy recipe and instructions.—Taste of Home Test Kitchen
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'Home Sweet Home' Gingerbread Cottage

I love to see the end of a project, like this Christmas cottage—but my favorite part is the process. It's fun to watch the gingerbread, icing and candy decorations come together creatively. —Johanna Rosson, Fort Hood, Texas
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Gingerbread Country Church

This gingerbread house is a fun and tasty Christmas craft the whole family will enjoy putting together! —Taste of Home Test Kitchen
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Cape Cod Gingerbread Cottage

Complete your winter wonderland scene with a beautiful gingerbread house. You don't have to be an expert baker—or architect—to create this cozy cottage. Just follow the plans to make holiday magic for all to enjoy. —Taste of Home Test Kitchen
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Gingerbread Chalet

The A-frame design on this pretty country chalet is easy enough for even first-timers to make. So gather the kids or grandkids and have a blast creating this fun holiday project. —Peggy Anderson, Haughton, Louisiana
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Gingerbread House

Making a gingerbread house is a favorite tradition for my family during the holidays. We look forward to it every year. —A. Ruth Witmer, Stevens, Pennsylvania
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Gingerbread Ranch House

This colorful ranch house extends "Merry Christmas" wishes in true Southwest style. Constructed of sweet gingerbread, roofed in chewing gum tiles and decked with peppermint stick trims, icing and sprinkles, this adorable adobe "fixer-upper" comes with complete easy-to-follow directions. —Taste of Home Test Kitchen
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Mini Gingerbread House

We show just one way to decorate this cute little gingerbread house. Prepare several batches of dough (one batch at a time) and decorate a number of houses in different ways to create a gingerbread village. —Taste of Home Test Kitchen
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Gingerbread Barn

We came up with the plans for this Christmas gingerbread barn—then stocked it with farmyard friends. The country-as-can-be project will add a cheerful rustic touch to your holiday decor—and it's so easy to assemble, you can start raising the roof right away! —Taste of Home Test Kitchen
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Ellen's Edible Gingerbread House

We adapted this pretty gingerbread house from Ellen Wages in Vancleave, Mississippi…and came up with this petite version. Unlike Ellen's larger classroom house, it doesn't need to be constructed around a cardboard shell. —Taste of Home Test Kitchen
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Gingerbread House

Here's a set of tasty house plans! You're sure to have a delectable gingerbread house using my recipe and building tips. —Christa Currie, Milwaukie, Oregon