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Gingerbread House Decorating with Manuela Kjeilen


Hi, My name is Manuela Kjeilen, and I´m the founder of Passion For Baking. Baking is my biggest passion! A few years ago, I started to follow Sugarfina on Instagram. Their style, candy, and …

Sugarfina Gingerbread House
Hi, My name is Manuela Kjeilen, and I´m the founder of Passion For Baking. Baking is my biggest passion! A few years ago, I started to follow Sugarfina on Instagram. Their style, candy, and their entire candy for grownups concept is something that inspires me in my sweet world of baking. Each time I visit one of their boutiques, I leave with something special to enjoy or decorate with. Everything from the design of the Candy Bento Boxes®, to the gorgeous Candy Cubes®, of course, the candy itself are like nothing else. Sugarfina truly is a luxury experience, which is why I use their candy to decorate my cakes and cupcakes to make them unique.
Sugarfina Christmas Candy Bento Box
This holiday season, I partnered with Sugarfina to create something very special: a Sugarfina Dream House made with a homemade gingerbread recipe. I’ve shared my decorating process and recipe with you below!
Sugarfina Gingerbread House
Full disclosure: choosing which candies to decorate with was more difficult than making the gingerbread house base. In the end, I decided to keep it simple with a few of my favorite seasonal sweets:
  • Reindeer Noses(packaged in the most adorable holiday labels!)
  • Champagne Bubbles
  • Gingerbread Cookie Bites
  • Gingerbread Men
Sugarfina Gingerbread House
Gingerbread House
I used their Champagne Bubbles, which are so chic to use as decoration on a gingerbread house. Plus, they burst with flavors when you eat them!
Champagne Bubbles
I also used their Reindeer Noses -- sweet, raspberry-flavored gummies dressed in nonpareils. They are so delicious, and perfect for decorating a holiday gingerbread house! The burst of color really makes the house pop. Sugarfina’s Gingerbread Cookie Bites were the perfect addition to the very top of my gingerbread house. Warning: these candies are extremely addictive (just saying)!
Sugarfina Gingerbread House
And to top it all off…I added a few Gingerbread Men gummies. Because no gingerbread house would be complete without gingerbread men!
Sugarfina Gingerbread Men
The gingerbread house I made was with my favorite gingerbread recipe from the cookie queen, Peggy Porshen. I used a silicon mold for the gingerbread house. After baking, I glued them together with melted sugar. The candies are glued to the gingerbread house with royal icing. Decorating a gingerbread house is a special holiday project to do with family and friends, but it’s even more special when the gingerbread cookies are homemade. I’ve shared the recipe below. I have to end on this note: it was extremely difficult to refrain from eating all of these beautiful candies while decorating the house. Be sure to leave enough for decorating! ☺️
Gingerbread House
Have fun, and Happy Holidays to you all. Love, Manuela xo

What you need

  • 5 Tbsp water
  • 210G light brown sugar
  • 3 Tbsp molasses
  • 3 Tbsp golden syrup or light corn syrup
  • 3 Tbsp ground ginger
  • 3 Tbsp ground cinnamon
  • 1 Tsp ground cloves
  • 250G salted butter, cold and diced
  • 1 Tsp baking soda
  • 560G plain flour, plus extra for dusting
  • Warm melted sugar for glueing the gingerbread house together
  • Royal icing
  • Sugarfina candy for decorating!

Get Started

  1. Preheat the oven to 200°C/gas mark 6. Line two baking trays with greaseproof paper.
  2. To make the gingerbread: place the water, brown sugar, molasses, golden syrup, ground ginger, cinnamon, and cloves into a deep saucepan. Over medium heat, bring the mixture to the boil while stirring continuously. Remove from the heat, gradually add the diced butter and stir until combined. Add the baking soda: take care as the mixture will swell up at this point. Leave the mixture to cool to room temperature.
  3. Once cool, transfer the mixture to a large bowl. Sift in the flour and slowly mix together to form a slightly wet and sticky dough. Wrap in cling wrap and chill for 2 hours or until cool and firm.
  4. On a floured surface roll out the gingerbread dough to a thickness of approximately 5–6mm.
  5. Use a silicon gingerbread house mold to make the gingerbread house cookies or do it on free hand.
  6. Freeze the dough for at least 30-60 minutes.
  7. Bake for 8-10 minutes (Depending on size. Or until the cookies spring back to the touch and are slightly darker around the edges).
  8. Let the cookies cool completely.
  9. Melt sugar over medium heat until it is melted and looks like caramel.
  10. Dip the side of each part that needs to be glued together in the hot melted sugar, and attaches the cookies, so it becomes a gingerbread house.
  11. Make fake snow with royal icing and decorate the gingerbread house how you like.
  12. Attach the candies on the house with royal icing.
  13. Enjoy your delicious and beautiful house!