Here’s where to buy unassembled Gingerbread House Kits to decorate at home as well as ready-made Gingerbread Houses. Plus we share a gingerbread cookie recipe to make your own Gingerbread House!
In my family, assembling our own gingerbread house and decorating it with copious amounts of white frosting, jellies and candies is one of the kids’ favourite Christmas traditions alongside putting up the Christmas tree and our homemade felt fireplace! Living in the tropics, it can be hard getting into the festive feels but nothing puts a smile on our little ones’ faces more than a house smelling of gingerbread and a tray of candies to decorate a gingerbread house with (yes we know most of them end up in little mouths!).
Read on for all the places in Singapore where you can get your hands on a gingerbread house kit to assemble and decorate at home. Or check out our gingerbread recipe and get yourself Gingerbread house cookie cutters here or use our free downloadable cut-out template if you want to make your own. Or for a complete cheat, we also round up some spots where you can buy a ready-made gingerbread house to admire and then quickly devour!
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Where to buy unassembled gingerbread house kits for kids to decorate
1. IKEA: Cheapest DIY Gingerbread House Kit
IKEA stocks gingerbread house kits for a very affordable $8.50. These are not listed on their website yet but the VINTERSAGA collection will be available from mid-November at the Swedish Food Market. You can buy the IKEA decorating kit (icing tube and sweets) separately or make your own icing (recipe below) to fix the gingerbread house together, then let the kids decide what candies to decorate with (we will be using a lot of leftover Halloween candy that’s for sure!). IKEA will also stock gingerbread cookie decorating kits for $4.90 and gingerbread dough ($3.90).
2. Phoon Huat: Unassembled Gingerbread House Kit
One of our favourite baking supply shops, Phoon Huat, usually sells a great variety of Wilton Gingerbread House Kits which are currently not in store yet. Instead, you’ll find the unassembled Redman Gingerbread kit available at $48.30.
3. All Things Delicious: Halal Gingerbread House
All Things Delicious is a home-grown halal bakery café located at Arab Street. They stock halal gingerbread house kits ($34.90) ready to be put together and decorated by the kiddos! Each box comes with complete instructions together with the handmade cookies for two houses, royal icing, icing sugar and a piping bag.
4. Little Farms: Gluten-Free Gingerbread House Kit
Gluten-free but don’t want to miss the fun? Little Farms stocks Gingerbread Folk, from Australia, which makes traditional, chocolate and gluten-free gingerbread house kits ($44.98). All products are vegan, nut-free and palm-oil free, with absolutely no colours, flavours or preservatives added.
5. Locally-made Gingerbread House Kit
Support local this Christmas and get the Chatsworth Cookies Gingerbread House Kit at $42.50 (UP $50)! Get creative by decorating this scrumptious gingerbread house with the kids.
6. DIY Gingerbread House by BreadTalk
BreadTalk’s DIY Gingerbread House kit ($35.80) comes with house-shaped cookies and a myriad décor kit that includes white, red and green chocolate piping decorative festive sprinkles, stars, marshmallow mini twist, mini marshmallow, Christmas tree icing decor and a mini candy cane!
7. Find Gingerbread House Kits on Amazon.sg
Truth be told you can pretty much find anything on Amazon.sg if you can’t find it in a shop in town. We spotted an unassembled Wilton Petite gingerbread kit for $36.54 or there’s a fantastic Wilton Gingerbread village set ($44.87 plus delivery) or the 10 piece Gingerbread House cookie cutter set ($15.90 plus delivery) if making your own from our template below sounds too daunting. There’s also a Homemade With Love Gingerbread House Kit ($28.67 free delivery) which is actually plastic, so kids can decorate the house with icing and sweets and you can have it as home decor for as long as you dare before washing and stowing for the following year.
8. British Gingerbread House kit: Marks & Spencers
Last year Marks & Spencers stocked a fun gingerbread house kit at only $24.90. It came with gingerbread biscuits cut to size, a tube of white icing to make a lovely snowy frosting and colourful jelly tots for those all-important Christmas lights. Here’s hoping they will bring it back in 2021!
Make your own Gingerbread House: Recipe and Free Template
Bake up your own Gingerbread House from scratch or make a batch of gingerbread cookies and your house is guaranteed to smell just like Christmas! Download our free printable template for help cutting out the gingerbread house walls, roof, chimney etc and try out our recipe below (remember to roll the dough out thin enough so you have enough dough for the template!)
Gingerbread House Recipe
Prep Time: 45m, Bake Time: 15m, Ready In: 1 hour
– 370 grams (3 cups) plain flour
– 1/2 teaspoon bicarbonate of baking soda
– 3 teaspoons ground ginger
– 1 teaspoon cinnamon
– 1 teaspoon ground cloves
– Pinch of salt
– 100g unsalted butter, softened
– 150g brown sugar
– 4 tablespoons honey (or light molasses)
– 3 tablespoons water
To decorate your gingerbread house:
– Royal Icing: 3 cups icing (confectioners’s/powdered) sugar, sifted mixed on high speed with 2 egg whites (ideally pasteurised), and ½ teaspoon cream of tartar. Keep covered when not using to prevent it from hardening.
– Sweets: lots of coloured candies, candy canes and smarties.
- Cut out the gingerbread house template (download from here).
- Sift together all the dry ingredients: flour, bicarbonate of soda, spices and salt.
- Using an electric mixer, cream together butter and brown sugar until pale and creamy. Then pour in the honey and water and mix until well combined.
- Using a wooden spoon (or your mixer on low speed), gradually incorporate the flour mixture into the butter mixture until it comes together. Then knead the dough gently on a floured surface until it becomes a smooth dough. If it feels too sticky, add a little more flour while kneading. If it is too dry, you can add a small amount of water.
- Shape into a ball, cover with cling wrap and place in the refrigerator for at least 15 minutes to rest and make it easier to work with later.
- Preheat oven to 180°C (160°C fan-forced). Line baking trays with non-stick baking paper and set aside.
- Between two sheets of non-stick baking paper, roll dough out. Remember to roll the dough out thin enough so you have enough dough for the template! Place template sections on top of dough and cut to shape. Repeat with remaining dough, re-rolling the trimmings, until you have two side walls, a front and back wall and two roof panels and a chimney.
- Place the gingerbread pieces back into the fridge for about 15 minutes before baking as they tend to hold their shape a lot better.
- Bake gingerbread in oven for 10 – 12 minutes, or until golden brown. Allow to cool to hard on the tray for 10 minutes before transferring to a wire rack to cool completely. This is really important as if they are not completely cool and hard then your gingerbread house won’t stand up!
- Once cool, pipe generous amounts of icing using a piping bag along the wall edges, one by one, to join the walls together. Use a small bowl to support the walls from the inside, then allow to dry, ideally for a few hours. Once dry, remove the supports and pipe icing onto the roof panels and chimney to fix on. Once dry it’s time to let the kids decorate using the remaining icing as glue to fix on the candies and sweets!
Where to Buy Ready-made Gingerbread Houses
If you don’t have the time, patience or the will to make or decorate your own gingerbread house, you can pick up a ready-made one at practically every bakery, hotel or gourmet grocer! Look out for Baker & Cook’s much-loved fully edible Festive Gingerbread House ($48) – it makes a stunning table centrepiece with sugary icing and colourful sweeties on the walls.
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