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2D Gingerbread Houses

Making gingerbread houses can be a very long process. It takes a lot of patience to make a house stand. Make the process easier (and simpler for little ones) by making gingerbread house cookies using a house shaped cookie cutter and decorate just like you would a 3D gingerbread house. This is a great activity for preschoolers and smaller children.

Set out royal icing in piping bags and candies to decorate this sweet gingerbread village. Add gingerbread men and trees to create a full scene.

This recipe makes 2 dozen cookies depending on the size of your cookie cutters. 


  • 1/4 cup butter, room temperature
  • 1/2 cup Dixie Crystals Light Brown Sugar
  • 1/2 cup molasses
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 3 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 3 teaspoons ground ginger
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1/4 teaspoon cardamom
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup water
  • Royal Icing 
  • Candies for decorating


  1. Cream butter and brown sugar in the bowl of an electric mixer. Add molasses and vanilla and mix until completely combined.
  2. Whisk flour, baking soda, spices, and salt in a medium bowl. Add dry ingredients to the butter mixture about 1/2 cup at a time, adding water in between. Mix until combined.
  3. Wrap dough in plastic wrap and chill in the refrigerator for one hour, or overnight.
  4. Preheat oven to 350°F. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper. Set aside.
  5. Roll dough out on a floured board to 1/8 to 1/4 inch thick. Use cutters to cut out shapes.
  6. Bake for 8 to 10 minutes. Let cool on baking sheets for 5 minutes, then let cool completely on wire rack.
  7. Decorate with royal icing and candies.
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