Here’s where to buy unassembled Gingerbread House Kits to decorate at home, plus we share a gingerbread cookie recipe and downloadable template 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 with a free downloadable cut-out template if you want to make your own.
Where to buy an unassembled gingerbread house kit for kids to decorate
IKEA stocks gingerbread house kits for a very affordable $8.50. These are not listed on their website yet but we saw them in the Alexandra store. 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 also stocks a gingerbread cookie decorating kit for $4.95.
2. Phoon Huat
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 online at $48.30. Wilton gingerbread kits we loved from last year (here’s hoping they bring them back soon) include the cutest Doghouse Gingerbread Kit ($11.10) which comes with icing and candies to decorate, a Chocolate Cookie House Kit ($24), and a fabulous Gingerbread Lighthouse Kit ($31.30) which also comes with icing and candies to decorate with.
Marks & Spencers stock a fun gingerbread house kit at only $24.90. It comes 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. In the M&S shops or via the M&S Singapore App.
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 a fantastic Wilton Gingerbread village set ($44.87 plus delivery) or there’s a 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 as home decor for as long as you dare before washing and stowing for the following year. Lego also does a Gingerbread Kit if all this too much sugar for your family! Kids can always munch on gingerbread cookies fresh out the oven (recipe below) instead!
The Little House of Dreams has a Gingerbread Cookie Decorating Kit with four cookies, icing and sprinkles at just $25.90. Plus there’s an early bird special of 15% off all items ordered from 9 to 30 November.
Make your own Gingerbread House: Recipe and Free Cut-out 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!
Gingerbread House Recipe
Prep Time: 45m, Bake Time: 15m, Ready In: 1 hour
– ¾ wholemeal flour and 1 ¼ cups plain flour
– 1 teaspoon bicarbonate of baking soda
– 3 teaspoons ground ginger
– 1 teaspoon cinnamon
– 1 teaspoon ground cloves
– Pinch of salt
– 100g unsalted butter, softened
– 1/4 cup brown sugar
– 3 tablespoons honey
– 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 kneed 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 more water.
- Shape into a ball, cover with cling wrap and place in the refrigerator for at least 30 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. 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 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 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 from halal mini gingerbread houses at Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf, to mid-range offerings ($48) at Baker and Cook, or more elaborate Gingerbread Houses like the InterContinental’s (on sale at time of writing from $80.75 down from $100).
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