Strong Gingerbread for Houses

This is a recipe from Steve Stellingwerf for a tasty yet strong gingerbread. I’ve used it many times for houses and it works beautifully. Remember, humidity is the enemy of Gingerbread.

Gingerbread for Houses


  • 5 Cups Flour
  • 1 tsp Salt
  • 1 tsp EACH cloves & nutmeg
  • 2 tsp EACH cinnamon and ginger
  • 1 Cup Shortening
  • 1 Cup Sugar
  • 1 1/4 Cup Molasses
  • 2 Eggs, Beaten


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Blend the dry ingredients together. In a large saucepan, mel the shortening. Cool slightly. Add sugar, molasses and eggs. Mix well. Add dry ingredients and mix well. Bake 10-15 minutes. Edges should be light brown.

Comments (9)


This looks like a great recipe, I really want to try a gingerbread house this year. Living in the UK I get frustrated by 'cup' measurements. Can someone point me in the right direction for accurate conversations please? Also, is molasses treacle or syrup? Thank you :) 


Molasses is more like the treacle that we have over here. I hope this helps.

550g flour

1 tsp salt

1 tsp each of cloves & nutmeg

2 tsp each cinnamon & ginger

225g trex white fat

225g sugar

295ml treacle


Molasses is a very different taste than honey. Gingerbread is dependent upon molasses for a good part of the flavor. In Spanish it is melaza. In some countries it is only considered a byproduct of sugar production and is used in animal feed due to it's bitter taste. Molasses, however, is quite a health tonic being very high in sulfur and complex B vitamins. It has been given to stimulate the appetite of cancer patients after chemo. Molasses is an interesting sweetener in it's own right. 


How big of a house does this recipe make? I was just going to make a small one using the Wilton Ginger bread house cutters.


Depends on which wilton cutters you are using.  The latest metal cutters I got from them a year or two ago this recipe made 1 house easily.   


Hello I am a novice gingerbread maker but have 3 kids and a niece and nephew so I want to do this to make the memories. I would like to know if this recipe is enough to make (6) 2in x 4in houses? and what type of texture does the cookie have? Also is the cookie edible because the kids want to eat it when their dry.



I forgot also can I make this without the ginger,molasses, and spices or will that completely jack the taste? We want to make gingerbread house just don't want the gingerbread taste.



I don't see the point in making this recipe if you don't want gingerbread.  Just use a firm sugar cookie recipe, you can add food color if you want a brown cookie or add cocoa to make a chocolate sugar cookie.