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How To: Build an IKEA Gingerbread House

Posted on December 21, 2012 at 2:33 pm
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IKEA Gingerbread House Kit, Instructions and Recipe

How to Build an IKEA Gingerbread House

Gingerbread houses, known as Pepparkakshus in Swedish, are a fun and festive way to celebrate the Christmas holidays. Easy to make from a kit or from scratch, gingerbread houses are a surefire way to get the holiday spirit going (and if you need some additional spirit, try making GLOGG to go with it!). Find the IKEA Gingerbread recipe and instructions inside…

Editor’s Note: This is an oldie but goodie! Originally published on December 6, 2010. Enjoy!

Gingerbread House Recipe

2 dl water (~1 US cup)
1 dl molasses (~1/2 US cup)
2 tablespoons of ground cinnamon
1 tablespoon of ground cloves
1 tablespoon of ground ginger
1 teaspoon of ground cardamom
1 teaspoon black pepper
1 tablespoon of baking soda
300 gr butter (~1 US cup + 5 tablespoons)
5 dl sugar (~2 US cups)
1.5 liters flour (~6 US cups)

Mix butter, sugar and syrup. Add spices and baking soda. Then add the water, and when blended, gradually add in the rest of the flour. Let the dough sit over night, wrapped in foil in the fridge.

Gingerbread House Icing Recipe

400 ml powdered sugar (Between 1 1/2 and 1 2/3 US cups)
1 egg white
1 teaspoon white vinegar

Blend ingredients to desired consistency. Make a stiffer icing for attaching gingerbread house pieces together, and a thinner icing for decorating. Fill a pastry bag and pipe icing as in directions to build gingerbread house.

A note about Conversions: 1 dl = approximately 1/2 cup. 1 liter = approximately 4 cups. 100 grams = 3.5 ounces. I’ve added approximate conversions above in bold. Note these are approximate – use your judgement when measuring.

IKEA Gingerbread House Instructions

IKEA Gingerbread Man

Download the .pdf file for the IKEA Gingerbread House Instructions. Find other IKEA Instructions.


IKEA PEPPARKAKSHUS Gingerbread House KitIf you’re too busy to make your own Gingerbread from scratch, check your IKEA’s Swedeshop for PEPPARKAKSHUS:  pre-made gingerbread house pieces – some assembly required. It is, after all, the IKEA way.


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2 Responses to “How To: Build an IKEA Gingerbread House”

  1. l foster says:

    some feedback for you. every year for more than ten + years i have bought the ikea gingerbread houses and made them up – originally as i had to play mrs claus in the museums here in nottingham each year – latterly i have given them to all our nieces and nephews for them to make up every year.
    - sadly the packaging this year was truly terrible and out of 7 bought most were badly damaged as the flimsy cellophane was woefully inadequate. all the 8 heart shaped biscuits packs we bought to decorate the tree were damaged before we bought them and we had to take several packs to find a few good ones. such a shame as most were wasted. also wanted to buy the usual yearly purchase in october of 6 peppacor tins of gingerbread thins for the small children and none available- you decided not to do them this year – a huge disappointment.
    better packaging next time please ikea – false economy to loose cardboard stout packaging.
    also can you remind me of cost of the gingerbread house kits this year. thankyou

  2. Lisa says:

    We have used these for the past several years en masse for Gingerbread House Decorating parties for my teens. (girls and boys) I usually buy a few extras for “parts” should something be broken but overall they have been fine. Each year we open our house to the kids and their friends for an afternoon of decorating, hot chocolate and Christmas music.
    Some tips: have squares of foil covered cardboard to put the houses on and if you don’t plan on eating them I suggest hot gluing them together first!

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