Gluten Free Gingerbread House How To

Gluten Free Gingerbread House How To

Gluten free gingerbread houses are fun and delicious to make with family. And gingerbread houses aren’t just for Christmas anymore! Halloween, Valentine’s Day, Easter … whenever the house-building spirit moves you (and especially on those cold January and February snow days) … “building” a gluten free gingerbread house is one of the most fun family activities you can enjoy in the kitchen!

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Grab a bag of my gfJules™ Graham Cracker/Gingersnap Mix or use the from-scratch recipe below. One bag of mix or one recipe will make enough dough for one house with plenty of dough left over to make trees, gingerbread people or gingersnaps!

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(This recipe & lots more fun winter baking recipes can be found in my gfJules™ Holiday Baking e-book!)


Here’s some videos showing the recipe in action




Gluten Free Gingerbread House How To

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  • Prep Time: 30
  • Cook Time: 20
  • Total Time: 50 minutes + decoration time
  • Yield: one house + lots of cookies


OR From-Scratch Recipe

  • 3/4 cup shortening (e.g Earth Balance® Shortening Sticks) or coconut oil
  •  1/4 cup molasses
  • 1 cup brown sugar or coconut palm sugar
  • 1 tsp. pure vanilla extract
  • 1 1/2 cups gfJules™ All-Purpose Gluten Free Flour
  • 1 cup white rice flour
  • 1/2 cup buckwheat or brown rice flour
  • dash of salt
  • 2 tsp. cinnamon
  • 3 tsp. baking powder
  • 2 tsp. ground ginger
  • 1 tsp. ground cloves
  • 1/2 cup cold water


Follow package directions for gfJules™ Gluten Free Graham Cracker/Gingerbread Mix.


Beat together the first four ingredients listed above in one large bowl, and mix all of the remaining dry ingredients in another bowl.  Slowly stir the dry mixture into the first bowl, adding water as necessary to create a consistency such that you could make a ball with the dough.

Preheat oven to 325º F for static ovens, 300º F for convection.

gluten free gingerbread house template

Use three 8 1/2 x 11 pieces of paper and measure out shapes as pictured, according to inches noted. Cut around the shapes so you have one for the sides; one for the front/back; one for the roof. Lay onto rolled dough and cut out two roof pieces; two front/back pieces; two sides.

Roll one half of the cold dough onto a surface liberally dusted with gfJules™ All Purpose Flour.  The dough should make a large 1/8 – 1/4 inch thick rectangle.  Do not roll the dough too thin, or the sides of the house might break.

Cut parchment paper according to the templates above.

Lay templates over the dough and cut with a pizza cutter or butter knife. Repeat with remaining dough until two roofs, two front/back sides, and two sides are cut.

Use remaining dough to cut trees, gingerbread people or other designs. Place cut pieces onto parchment-lined cookie sheets and bake in preheated oven for 25 minutes, or until the edges are lightly browned, but not getting hard.

Remove to fully cool on wire racks.

Make 1 recipe of White Frosting or Royal Icing (whip 1 2/3 sifted confectioner’s sugar together with 1/2 tsp. cream of tartar and 1 egg white or 2 Tbs. liquid egg white) to “glue” the house pieces together and to a base, and to adhere any candies or edible decorations to the house.


Use three 8 1/2 x 11 pieces of paper and measure out shapes as pictured, according to inches noted. Cut around the shapes so you have one for the sides; one for the front/back; one for the roof. Lay onto rolled dough and cut out two roof pieces; two front/back pieces; two sides.

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17 thoughts on “Gluten Free Gingerbread House How To

  1. So excited to try this. Making a Gingerbread has been a family tradition since my children were toddlers. Now in their 20’s, one has Coeliac Disease so we now need a GF option. Simply wouldn’t be Christmas without it!

    • It’s such a wonderful tradition, Jane! SO happy your family will be enjoying it together again this year, gluten free!

  2. It wouldn’t be Christmas if we didn’t make a gingerbread house. Using your gingerbread mix, it is so easy! It is a tradition my family has had since I was a teenager.

  3. Thank you so much! I just made this for gingerbread men with my 5 year old this morning. Turned out beautifully! Can’t wait to try a house next year. I used coconut sugar, coconut oil, and date molasses, bumped the all purpose flour 1/2 a cup and used a cup of quinoa flour since I didn’t have either of the rice flours and wasn’t about to go to the store today.

  4. I recently bought this, but haven’t made it yet. I also bought some silicone gingerbread house molds – for baking the walls/roof/snowman/ reindeer etc…
    Are any modifications needed for baking in a silicone mold?

    • Hi Cathy- there shouldn’t be any modifications needed except that sometimes cookies don’t get crispy in silicone, so make sure to bake them long enough to crisp up for structure for the house. Have fun!

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  6. I was dreading making one so bad but Jules directions were so simple for the recipe! I did get a bit confused about the cutting a little and I read it several times. I would suggest writing the number of how many of each piece cut, just above the pictures. And also rub oil on your hands as it did dry out quickly but it’s probably my using coconut oil and a bit less than the shortening recommended. The texture and taste was amazing! I don’t use shortening because I have to watch fats and haven’t purchased molasses in years so coconut oil and maple syrup are usually my substitutes for these items. The color wasn’t as dark but the taste is wonderful! !!! We couldn’t stop eating the scrap pieces!

    • Thanks so much for sharing your modifications of coconut oil and maple syrup, Dora. And your ideao of writing the numbers on the pieces is so smart! I’m happy you dove in and made the house even though it seemed daunting. Your house was beautiful from the pictures I saw on Facebook – maybe this will be a new family tradition for you!!!
      Happy holidays!

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  8. Aw, this brings back wonderful childhood memories. I haven’t tried to make a gingerbread house since going gluten-free. Gonna have to try this!

    Thanks so much for sharing this at Savoring Saturdays, Jules! I’m going to feature it at this weekend’s party. 🙂 Hope to see you there.

    • Wonderful, Raia! I hope you and your family do try making a GF gingerbread house. We’ve made 2 already this season and it’s such fun!

    • I spent the afternoon (yesterday and today!) with my daughter decorating GF cookies. It’s the stuff memories are made of. Glad you share this passion with your daughter too, Sharon!