Christmas Gingerbread House Dough

I am so excited Christmas 2022 is just around the corner. Its always been my favourite time of the year.

This year I’m going to attempt to make and build a Cathedral style Gingerbread House from scratch. It will be in four separate phases, starting with making the Christmas Gingerbread House Dough – Construction strength.

So — let’s get started !

Experience Level : Medium Experience in Baking. Construction Gingerbread is not for beginners, however you can prove me wrong, if you like. But please, no crying due to inexperience – lol.



1/2 cup of butter

1/2 cup of Crisco Lard ( or similar)

1 1/2 cups of Brown Sugar

2 Tablespoons of Ground Ginger

1 Tablespoon of Cinnamon

1 teaspoon of Ground Cloves

1/2 teaspoon of Ground All Spice

6 cups of sifted Flour

1/2 teaspoon of baking soda

1 1/2 teaspoons of salt

2 large Eggs

1 cup of Molasses

If need be — Add 1/2 cup of Corn Syrup and 1/2 cup of water. Because my climate is dry I needed every ounce , so it would not crumble and easy to roll out.

TIP : Take a small hand full and make sure it rolls out nicely. This way you’ll be sure it to the right consistency.

See my video for step by step and full reasoning :


1. Sift the dry ingredients all together in a large bowl. That would be the flour, spices, baking soda and salt.

2. Next — place butter and lard into mixer. Begin mixing until creamy.

3. Add Brown Sugar and mix throughout.

4. Add 2 whole Eggs and mix evenly.

5. Next — Now add one cup of Molasses

6. Once all is evenly mixed throughout, begin adding flour, about a cup at a time. Let time to incorporate until you add more, until all the 6 cups of flour is mixed in.

7. NOW – Depending where you live, Add 1/2 cup of water and 1/2 cup of corn syrup.

8. Remove dough from the mixer and begin kneading the dough, as shown in my video.

9. Roll out ( as shown in video) and cut into 4 ball pieces. This way you can use only what you need at the time of making your gingerbread house.

This is just the beginning— PHASE ONE .

LIKE and Subscribe for PHASE TWO – where I make the gingerbread templates before rolling out and forming my Gingerbread House ( hopefully it will be Victorian Style – we will see – lol )

UPDATE : Check below for PHASE TWO YouTube Video 👇

Please take a moment to Purchase my cookbook “Canadian Recipes of the Great White North”.


It makes the perfect Christmas Theme Cookbook gift 🎁

Cheers !

Chef Bari

PHASE TWO – Rolling out Gingerbread Dough and using homemade templates, forming the walls of the Gingerbread House


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