This time of year is my absolute favourite for baking. With the nights drawing in and the temperature plummeting, I love that sweet smell of Christmas goodies in the oven. One of my favourite things to bake each Christmas is my gingerbread houses. So if you are starting to plan all your Christmas baking these are a great choice. The gingerbread houses sit on a 6inch square base, and are a perfect size to give as gifts to friends and family. I tend to make these a few weeks before Christmas and pop them into clear gift boxes or wrap in cellophane, and the biscuit stays perfectly crisp until Christmas.

Christmas Gingerbread house

Below is a video tutorial I created last year which shows you exactly how I make them. This includes the recipe which will make 1 complete house, plus a printout of the templates I use for each of the 12 pieces (Click here to download the template). You can then print this off and cut them out to make your own house. My favourite part of making my gingerbread houses is the decoration. I use icing / fondant for all the little details, including the chain of lights on the front of the house, which is my favourite, and finishing the houses off with royal icing which I pipe all over to give the effect of the snow.

Christmas Gingerbread house

I really hope you enjoy this video tutorial and also enjoy making your own gingerbread  houses this Christmas.