Easy Gingerbread House for Kids

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Prep: 20 mins
Cook: 20 mins
Total: 40 mins
Servings: 2 to 4 servings

Gingerbread houses are fun to decorate, but they can also take time and patience. This recipe uses Pop Tarts instead of gingerbread to save time. They're thick, like gingerbread cookies, and easy to cut into the right shape.

Plus if you use frosted pop tarts for the roof, half the decorating is already done for you! Use whatever candy you like to decorate. Gel icing can be used to make the windows and doors.


  • 6 pop tarts - 4 plain or chocolate flavor for sides of house, 2 with icing and sprinkles for roof
  • 1 cup royal icing
  • miniature marshmallows, gel icing, candy for decorating
  • a piece of cardboard or a plate for a base

Steps to Make It

  1. Make the royal icing first.

  2. Scoop the icing into a pastry bag or large ziploc bag with the bottom tip cut off.Hint: Hold the bottom corner of the bag in one hand like an ice cream cone. Fold the bag down over your hand as much as possible to make it easier to scoop the icing in. Set aside.

  3. Make the sides of the house where the roof will rest first. Hold one of the brown (chocolate or plain) Pop-Tarts vertically. Use kitchen shears or a sharp knife to cut off the top corners. Repeat with another brown Pop-Tart.

  4. Pipe a short strip of royal icing onto your base to make the side of the house. Press the bottom (un-cut) end of one of the side Pop-Tarts you just made into the icing.

  5. To complete the first corner of the house, pipe a long strip of icing at a right angle to this Pop-Tart on your base.

  6. Press a plain, un-cut Pop-Tart into the icing horizontally, so that it attaches at a right angle to the side you've already done. Pipe icing between the walls to secure.You will have one Pop-Tart standing up vertically and one Pop-Tart laying horizontally. You may need to use the Pop-Tart box or a glass to hold up these walls until the icing dries.

  7. Wait at least 1 hour for the icing to dry completely. You will now have the first corner of your house.

  8. Repeat steps 4 through 7 with the remaining cut and un-cut brown Pop-Tarts to finish the other sides of the house.

  9. To attach the roof, pipe icing onto the cut corners of the sides of the house. Attach one of the frosted Pop-Tarts to make one side of the roof.

  10. Repeat with the other frosted Pop-Tart, piping icing between the Pop-Tarts if necessary, to secure.

  11. Decorate as desired, using miniature marshmallows, gumdrops and/or Good and Plenty candies for the trim. Gel icing can make nice doors and windows. Use flaked coconut over icing to make snow on the base.