Monday 16 December 2013

Mini Gingerbread House

This is another cute gingerbread project that I made to give away as gifts. I saw this idea on not martha and thought it was really cute. It's a mini gingerbread house that perches on your mug. I remember seeing these before but have never attempted to make one until now. This project took about a week to make as it involves several steps. It's a bit fiddly and time consuming but the finished product looks good! I think I'll stick to making my Christmas Tree Gingerbread Cookies with a hidden surprise as they were less fiddly than these and much quicker too. I used the template provided on not martha and thought my houses turned out bigger than hers. Either that or she has larger mugs as mine seemed to take up half a mug! I also personalised them by writing names on the walls.

My tips/learning from this project - as with the Christmas Tree gingerbread cookies, chill the dough before baking to prevent spreading. Re cut the baked cookies so they are the exact size that you want. Allow the house to set overnight before decorating the roof to ensure that the house does not collapse. Fill your mug half full if you are perching these on your mug as you don't want to get a soggy bottom.

I am again sharing this with several blog challenges

AlphaBakes which I am hosting this month and co host with Caroline from Caroline Makes. The letter this month is X for this Xmas inspired bake - mini gingerbread house.

Tea Time Treats hosted by Kate from What Kate Baked and co-hosted by Karen from Lavender and Lovage. The theme this month is Festive Food Gifts and I think these would make a great festive gift especially with personalised names on the walls.

Calendar Cakes hosted by Rachel from Dolly Bakes and co-hosted by Laura from Laura loves Cakes. The theme this month is Jingle Bell Rock.

Treat Petite hosted by Stuart from Cakeyboi and co-hosted by Kat from the Baking Explorer. The theme this month is Happy Holidays.

Four Seasons Food hosted by Anneli from Delicieux and Louisa from Eat your Veg. The theme this month is Party Food. These would brighten up any party and can be used as place holders if you write names on the walls.

Let's Cook Christmas Party Food hosted by Nayna from Simply Food.

Family Foodies hosted by Louisa from Eat Your Veg and Vanesther from Bangers & Mash. The theme this month is Kids Christmas and this is a perfect project to make with the kids plus they will also enjoy eating them!

Secret Recipe Club Holiday Treats Party 

 print out the template 

 I used a small sharp knife to cut out the shapes 

 I baked the houses 1 at a time so that I could recut the shapes after baking - you have to be quick as the cookies harden as they cool. 


 ready to assemble 

 I used my spice jars for support 

 added crushed candy cane to the roof 

 perched on a mug 

I wrote names on the walls for an extra personal touch :) 

For the gingerbread
125g butter
110g dark brown sugar
1 egg yolk
310g plain flour
1 teaspoon bicarbonate of soda
6 teaspoons ground ginger
2 teaspoons mixed spice
100-130 mls golden syrup

For the royal icing
2 egg whites
400g icing sugar

  • Preheat the oven to 160C.
  • Beat butter, sugar and egg yolk in a bowl until smooth.
  • Stir in the remaining ingredients until its mixed properly.
  • You may need to add a little more golden syrup if the mixture is crumbly.
  • Place dough in the fridge for 15-30 minutes.
  • Knead the dough on a floured surface and roll it out to approximately 5mm in thickness.
  • Cut shapes using a printed template.
  • Chill in the fridge for at least 30 minutes before baking. 
  • Bake for approximately 7-9 minutes until they are brown.
  • Re cut the shapes using the same template as soon as they are out of the oven so that all the pieces are equal sizes and have sharp edges. 
  • To make the royal icing, beat ingredients together until smooth and glossy - you may need a bit more sugar or a few drops of water depending on the consistency required. 
  • Pipe royal icing on the walls and add on the doors. Add the roof and allow to dry preferably overnight. You will need to support the house whilst it's drying.
  • Crush candy canes in a food processor and sprinkle over the roof. 
  • Use glitter writing icing to write names on the walls (optional) 


  1. Who says that we need to be Martha to make these yummy delicate treats??? - LOL!

    They look fantastic!!!

  2. so cute and I love that they can be served on the side of the mug, that's genius!

  3. I love this!!! Is sooo cute! Thanks by the récipe I bookmarked look lovely!! xx

  4. These are totally gorgeous Ros, you very clever thing. What a delightful gift to receive.

  5. lovely idea Ros. I saw the pics of the mini one too and was planning to make at weekend so will link back to you. I found using caramel to stick the pieces together seems to work really well (I don't have a good working relationship with fondant icing...!)

    1. I can't wait to see yours! Caramel is a great idea.

  6. These are really cute! You've been very creative with your Christmas baking.

    1. Thanks! I've been extremely busy with Christmas baking too.

  7. I love them!! They look so cool sitting on the mugs even if they are bigger than you intended. All the more to eat :) Fabulous entry into Four Seasons Food :) xx

  8. Just how CUTE are these! And well done you for going to all that trouble. I bet you had some delighted recipients, what a wonderful edible pressie. Gorgeous entry to Family Foodies Kids Christmas, though I'm not showing them my kids as they would most definitely want me to bake them!!! And I so don't have the time anymore. Maybe next year's project.

    1. Thanks Lou. I'd love to make more for everyone but alas have run out of time. Will definitely make them again next year.


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