The 14 Best Gingerbread Kits of 2022, Tested and Reviewed

Our top pick is the Hasbro Candy Land Gingerbread House Kit

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Gingerbread House Kits testing

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Tested & Approved

After festive Lab testing two years in a row, the Hasbro Candy Land Gingerbread House Kit remains our top pick because it's well-suited for kids and adults alike and offers an assortment of candies to decorate. If you're willing to spend a little more, a new addition to this list, the Sweetology Gingerbread House Decorating Kit, really wowed us this year with the assortment of candy decorations.

The holiday season is filled with baking and eating tasty desserts, and one of the most fun ways to get in the festive spirit is by building and decorating a gingerbread house. Gingerbread houses are decorations and desserts all rolled into one, and they make a great activity for adults and kids. Baking and building one from scratch can be quite time-consuming, however, and you'll need some serious pastry skills. That's why gingerbread kits have become so popular—all you have to do is assemble.

There are gingerbread kits for all levels of bakers and decorators, including some houses that come completely premade, and ones with special themes for everyone from the dog lover to the gamer. Some kits come with everything you might need and some involve a little more work on your end—read the packages carefully. Gingerbread kits tend to sell out quickly each year, though, so be sure to make your selection early.

To really get into the spirit of things, for the second year in a row, The Spruce Eats editors tested some of the most popular gingerbread kits side by side in the testing kitchen of our product testing Lab. Our takeaways? Most gingerbread kits are more about the activity and design than the taste (but there are a few exceptions); building a gingerbread house isn't always as easy as it looks (and can be quite humbling); and, finally, it's always good to have extra icing on hand!

Here, the best gingerbread kits in a variety of categories, according to our gingerbread architects—er—editors.

Best Overall: Hasbro Candy Land Gingerbread House Kit

4.8
Hasbro Candy Land Gingerbread House Kit

Courtesy of World Market 

What We Like
  • Super easy construction

  • Good selection of candies for decorating

  • Mild, pleasant taste

What We Don't Like
  • Pastry bag not included

  • Only one color of icing

Who else recommends it? Simply Recipes and Delish both picked the Hasbro Candy Land Gingerbread House Kit.

Relive this favorite childhood game with a fully edible Candy Land gingerbread house set. Adults and kids alike will love the fact that the kit has everything you need in it to make a fun and colorful gingerbread house, although there is no piping bag included for the icing.

The kit does include prebaked gingerbread house walls and roof, premade icing to help decorate and keep everything together, and candies that come in different shapes and colors, like jewels, stars, sprinkles, fruity gummies, and swirled mints. This one is definitely easy enough for a child to build and decorate. Our Lab testers also thought the end result was exactly how a gingerbread house should look: festive, fun, and completely decked out in candy.

The only real qualm we had in our Lab test was that we wished there had been more royal icing, a point our at-home tester mentioned as well. You'll have enough to make sure the front of the house is pretty, but the sides and back didn’t get much more than basic decorating with the icing supplied in the kit. Luckily, that's an easy fix—just buy or make more of your own. After building and decorating in our Lab test, we were pleased with the end result but think you could always add more candies—since that is the theme.

Our home tester found the gingerbread cookie pieces to be mild and pleasant (great for kids who may not want strong ginger flavor) and the icing had a slightly buttery flavor in addition to the vanilla. The spice drops had a nice flavor and the mint candies were standard peppermint, but the sprinkles, balls, and stars were just colored and flavored sugar. 

Price at time of publish: $30

Best Gingerbread Houses

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Hasbro Candyland Gingerbread House Kit

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Includes: pre-baked gingerbread panels, icing, candies, gummies, sprinkles, paper cutouts, and tray

Lab Test Takeaway

"For the price of this kit, I'd consider it a good value and fun for any age."Rachel Lee, Associate Commerce Editor

Runner-Up, Best Overall: Sweetology Gingerbread House Decorating Kit

4.8
Sweetology Gingerbread House

Courtesy of Sweetology

What We Like
  • Amazing quantity of candy and sprinkles

  • Easy to assemble

  • Included fondant added a fancy touch

  • Doesn't include base

  • Frosting could be a bit stronger

This gingerbread house kit from Sweetology wowed us with its decor. It was one of the most fun houses to build (and we've tried a lot!). It comes with a lot of cute candy for decorating, including gummy penguins, candy cane sprinkles, and colorful chocolates that perfectly resemble Christmas lights. And the house itself was easy to assemble—the pieces are interlocking like puzzle pieces so it comes together smoothly. It came with fondant too, which was a nice fancy touch (and a surprise as it is not listed in the product description on the website). The fondant was surprisingly easy to work with and mold into windows for the house.

The house is easy enough for kids to tackle, but it will also keep the adults entertained. The biggest appeal is all the candy and sprinkles for decoration—you can really go all out! We think it's perfect for any aspiring pastry chef or artist who wants to get creative with this sweet holiday treat.

Our builder's only complaint was that the frosting it came with could have been a little bit stronger; it didn’t feel quite sticky enough to hold everything together sometimes. It also did not come with a base, which would have been helpful. Our tester assembled the house on a piece of cardboard, which worked fine, but a base would be a nice touch.

Price at time of publish: $30

Sweetology Gingerbread House Decorating Kit

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Sweetology Gingerbread House building

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Sweetology Gingerbread House building

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Includes: interlocking gingerbread house, 8-ounce royal icing, 1/2 pound of sprinkles and candy

Lab Test Takeaway

"I’d definitely recommend this gingerbread house kit for all ages. Also, the price is really reasonable for how much it comes with. I think this gingerbread kit goes beyond the basics and prepares you to make a fun candy wonderland." — Rachel Lee, Associate Commerce Editor

Best Splurge: Dylan's Candy Bar Gingerbread House Kit

4.3
Dylan's Candy Bar Gingerbread House Kit
What We Like
  • Features colorful, delicious assortment of candy

  • Easy enough for kids

  • Includes high-quality frosting

What We Don't Like
  • High risk of breaking in transit

If you end up frustrated when trying to get your gingerbread pieces to stay in place, you can skip the hard part and get right to decorating with this gingerbread house kit from Dylan's Candy Bar. The cute "Candy Cabin" arrives prebuilt, meaning you don't have to worry about carefully applying icing or letting it cure. The assembled house features a textured roof and "stone" foundation, and you get a variety of candy to decorate the sweet abode. Let your imagination run wild with festive sprinkles, starlight mints, gumballs, jelly beans, gumdrops, and a bonus bulk candy bag.

Our gingerbread kit arrived at The Lab with the back and roof slightly crushed. Unfortunately, this is a common issue, but it shouldn't make or break the kit. We were able to frost the broken bits together easily and it looked great in the end. We did end up using some of our own icing because there wasn't enough provided for the repairs and the decorating. Overall, we found the structure to be sturdy despite the breaks.

The Dylan's Candy Bar Gingerbread House Kit comes with the most amazing assortment of candies and color overload. As far as taste, we found the actual cookie to be pretty standard for a gingerbread house (the real magic is in the appearance), but most of the candies were high-quality and delicious. If you're looking for a gingerbread house that will really turn heads and is easy enough for kids to work on—and you're willing to splurge a little—this one really wowed in our Lab testing.

Price at time of publish: $60

Dylan's Candy Bar Gingerbread house

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Dylan's Candy Bar Gingerbread House building

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Includes: pre-assembled gingerbread house, icing mix, icing decorating bags, food coloring capsules, holiday sprinkles, starlight mints, gumballs, jelly beans, gumdrops, and a bonus bulk candy bag (products subject to change)

Lab Test Takeaway

"The real reason to splurge on this set is the eye-popping, eclectic assortment of candy. It came pre-assembled, so I didn't need to wait for it to dry, and the frosting mix included held the decorations quickly and easily."Taysha Murtaugh, Editorial Director 

Best Village: Wilton Welcome to Christmas Mini Gingerbread Village

4.5
Wilton Welcome to Christmas Mini Village

Courtesy of Amazon

What We Like
  • Includes everything you need

  • Plenty of cute candies and decorations

  • Durable

What We Don't Like
  • Cutting house pieces apart can be tricky

  • Could use more detailed decorations/diagrams

With four miniature gingerbread houses, you can put this kit together yourself or turn it into a group activity. The set includes everything you need to make the tiny buildings. The four mini gingerbread homes are about 3 to 4 inches high, so the walls and roofs may be a bit delicate, but even if the pieces break, they can be glued back together pretty easily with icing.

This kit also comes with four types of candy and icing to decorate, and you can always add on more candy to your liking. Our Lab testers didn't wait the recommended 1 hour to let things dry and everything still held up well. Besides one roof piece breaking slightly, we found the cookies very sturdy. Our Lab testers wished for more detailed instructions, and we definitely think an adult would need to be involved to set up the houses. The smartest thing to do would be to build the houses the night before and have the child decorate the village. The fun of this kit really comes with decorating and not necessarily the building stage.

Both our Lab testers and our at-home tester wished for more icing (and the fondant was more annoying than anything else—it will stain your hands!). There is enough icing to make sure the fronts of the houses are pretty, but the sides and back won't get much more than basic decorating with the icing supplied in the kit. Luckily, that's an easy fix—just buy or make more of your own. As far as taste goes, our at-home tester found the spice flavors obvious, with a hint of molasses. The cookies weren’t overly sweet on their own, which worked out since the decorations added more sweetness. However, we'd still recommend this more for the craft aspect than the dessert aspect.

Price at time of publish: $25

Best Gingerbread Houses

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Wilton Holiday Town gingerbread

Nick Kova

Includes: 4 sets of gingerbread house panels, 3 types of candy, green fondant, red and white ready-to-use icing, 2 decorating bags and tips, and instruction sheet

Lab Test Takeaway

"The decorations the kit provided were really fun: There were mini gingerbread people and fun sprinkles and candy to use." Julia Warren, VP, Commerce

Best for Reese's Lovers: Create a Treat Reese's EZ-Build Chocolate Cookie Holiday House

4.8
Reese's holiday house
What We Like
  • Easy to assemble

  • Lots of Reese's candy included

  • Includes a base

What We Didn't Like
  • Could include more icing

This Create a Treat kit was a crowd favorite during testing. The final product was impressive thanks to solid cookie pieces and easy-to-follow instructions. The included Reese's candies really make this gingerbread house stand out. Between this one and the Hershey's (below), we're giving the Reese's the slight edge for the quantity of candy included.

This kit was also given a skill level of 2 by the brand (low-medium easy), and we think that's accurate. However, it's probably better for older children: The classic icing bag took a good amount of force to keep a steady stream through the tube. With a generous amount of icing, the house stuck together with just a little bit of hand-holding. We recommend decorating the front/sides before actually putting the large pieces together so the Reese’s pieces and the Reese’s window boxes don't constantly slip down the sides. In the end, we foresee this standing tall all season long—or as long as you can hold off on eating it.

Price at time of publish: $15

Create a Treat Reese's Gingerbread House

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Reese's gingerbread house

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Includes: pre-made chocolate cookies, pre-made icing with tip, candy

Lab Test Takeaway

"This gingerbread house was a clear winner in the looks department. It looked classic yet unique with its Reese's theme, and everyone enjoyed sampling the extra Reese's Pieces." — Mary Kate Hoban, Associate Editorial Director

Best for Hershey's Lovers: Create a Treat Hershey's Build Your Own Cookie House Gingerbread Kit

4.5
Create a Treat Hershey's Gingerbread Kit

What We Liked
  • Easy to assemble

  • Includes a base

  • Sturdy construction

What We Didn't Like
  • Could include more icing

If you're a classic Hershey's lover, this gingerbread kit is for you. It's not the fanciest of the houses we built, but our gingerbread architect liked its clear instructions and simplicity. It also includes a sturdy base, which makes building convenient. The only Hershey’s specific parts are the rooftop Kisses and Hershey’s bars, though there are extra for snacking during the process. We definitely wish it came with even more Hershey's decorations (if you want to add a little something extra, we like these candy cane mint kisses).

Like all gingerbread houses that come with a bag of icing, you need a lot of it to get the house to hold together, and the bag popped twice from pressure during the building process. We'd suggest having some extra icing on hand, and maybe a pastry bag or two. Create a Treat gives this gingerbread kit a skill level of 2 (low-medium easy), and we agree with that assessment.

Price at time of publish: $20

Create a Treat Hershey's Gingerbread House

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Hershey's gingerbread house

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Includes: premade Hershey's chocolate cookies, icing, base, candies

Lab Test Takeaway

"This is definitely great for kids, and can come together in a couple of hours."Siobhan Wallace, Commerce Editor

Best for Gamers: Wilton Build it Yourself Super Mario Gingerbread Castle Decorating Kit

4.5
Wilton Super Mario Gingerbread Castle Decorating Kit at Walmart

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What We Like
  • Fun theme

  • Ready to assemble

  • Sturdy and easy to stick on candies

What We Don't Like
  • Limited candy decorations

  • Fondant is difficult to work with

Why build a house when you can build a gingerbread castle? And not just any castle, but the famous castle from the classic Nintendo game Super Mario. This kit comes with a little bit of everything, so you can build the castle of your video game dreams. Of course, there are prebaked pieces to build the structure of the castle, as well as a gingerbread mushroom cookie decoration, three different types of candy, white and black icing, and red and green fondant.

You’ll need some tools and basic ingredients to assemble the castle, such as granulated sugar, cornstarch, confectioners' sugar, a rolling pin (for the fondant), parchment paper, and a few other items that you likely already have in your pantry. However, this set does include piping tips, a sturdy cardboard base, and a decorative base to make your Super Mario castle look just like the one from the game. 

In our Lab test, we found that assembly of the castle was fairly easy. We appreciated that the white icing it comes with had a good consistency that was quick to dry. As noted with other options on this list, a couple of the pieces arrived broken—an unavoidable risk with shipping—but we were able to glue them back together with icing with no noticeable seams in the end. A child would undoubtedly have fun decorating the castle with the gold coins and stars, precut Mario candy, and gumdrops, however, measuring and shaping the fondant for the door and windows proved quite tricky for anyone without some serious pastry skills. It would have been nice to have some precut molds to help with the shapes.

The taste was similar to most Wilton options on the list. It might not be the tastiest gingerbread cookie you've ever tried, but we didn't feel it ruined the experience. We did wish for a few more gumdrops, though!

Price at time of publish: $15

Best Gingerbread Houses

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Super Mario Gingerbread House

Nick Kova

Includes: pre-baked gingerbread castle pieces, gingerbread mushroom cookie, 3 types of candies, Super Mario and mushroom icing decorations, white ready-to-use icing, red fondant, green fondant, black icing tube, colorful presentation board, plastic decorating tip set, cardboard base, and a helpful instruction sheet

Lab Test Takeaway

"Any fans of Mario will get a kick out of creating this gingerbread castle and I appreciated that it wasn't too difficult to replicate the design on the package. I think adding some of your own candies could really take it over the top." — Mary Kate Hoban, Senior Editor

Best Value: World Market Woodland Holiday Barn Gingerbread Kit

4.2
Woodland Holiday Barn Gingerbread Kit
What We Like
  • Clear, easy-to-follow instructions

  • Sturdy cookies

  • Includes lots of candy for decoration

  • Not enough included icing

  • Roof pieces needed significant trimming


This rustic-looking gingerbread barn would make a great addition to a winter village, but it also makes a fun decoration (and sugary treat) on its own. The kit comes with everything you need to assemble the barn, including the prebaked cookie panels, candy for decorating, icing, connector clips for the base, and cute animal cutouts that really help set the scene.

In our Lab test, we found that the cookies were sturdy and the connector clips made it easy to assemble the base of the house. The assembly required shaving down the pieces significantly, so it might be difficult for a child to master this one without adult help. One thing to note: When we transferred the icing from the packet to the piping bag it was very clumpy and liquidy (almost oily). However, the texture improved the more mixed it got. Like several of the kits we tested, we thought this one could use more icing. Our testers did appreciate that there was more than enough candy for decorating, though.

When it came time to taste test, the gingerbread cookie was easy to chew and tasted slightly cinnamony. The icing was sweet and the candy had a fruity taste.

Price at time of publish: $15

Best Gingerbread Houses

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Woodland holiday barn gingerbread house

Nick Kova

Includes: pre-baked gingerbread panels, gumdrops, candy lights, white icing, 3 icing pens, connector clips, piping bag, and paper cutouts

Lab Test Takeaway

"Even with a few glitches, I loved how the end product turned out and would be pleased to display this in my home (before eating it!)." — Alice Sungurov, Producer

Best Branded: Favorite Day Target Store Cookie Kit

4.5
Favorite Day Target Store Gingerbread House
What We Like
  • Sturdy biscuit base

  • Adorable shopping cart included

  • Nice variety of candies

What We Didn't Like
  • Not enough icing colors included

We're willing to bet you know someone who is obsessed with shopping at Target, and this is, hands down, the gingerbread house kit for them. The included Target dog (Bullseye) and shopping cart are literally the icing on the gingerbread—and quite possibly our favorite parts. Our gingerbread house builder found assembly fairly straightforward, however, the instructions recommend decorating the house before assembly and we would suggest decorating after assembly.

The only real issue was that the icing did not include the classic red so our builder had to get creative with actually constructing the Target logo on the building. We did find the flat roof easier to work with than the typical slanted roofs.

While this Target store is new for 2022, Favorite Day offers some other—slightly more classic—options that we also tested. Unfortunately, the Classic House Gingerbread Kit with Roof Helper that we received arrived with some broken pieces. Our gingerbread architect tried and tried (and tried again) to "glue" the broken pieces back with frosting. It ended up standing in the end, but we'll admit the final product wasn't as pretty as the others. From lots of experience testing, broken pieces happen fairly frequently (and there isn't much you can do about it). If you're planning on decorating with small children, in particular, we recommend opening up the kits before decorating day.

We also tested the Favorite Day Mini Village Gingerbread Kit, which would be great for families or small gatherings. The final result looked very cute too; arrange it on your fireplace mantle and fill in the space between buildings with some cotton balls for a little winter wonderland. Our only complaint with the village was the icing: The white icing (which was the glue that held the gingerbread pieces together) was a pain to squirt; instead of nicely flowing out of the piping tip, at one point it burst through the plastic.

Price at time of publish: $13

Target Gingerbread house

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Target gingerbread house village

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Includes: pre-baked sugar cookie store pieces, pre-made icing, candies, icing decorations

Lab Test Takeaway

"We weren't sure how this one would turn out, but we were pleasantly surprised with the final product. The Target dog and shopping cart are pretty iconic and this would make an amazing gift for anyone who frequents the store."Mary Kate Hoban, Associate Editorial Director

Best for Pet Lovers: Wilton Gingerbread Corgi Doghouse Kit

4.8
wilton corgi gingerbread house kit

Wilton

What We Like
  • Precut panels

  • Super cute doggie decoration

  • Simple to assemble

What We Don't Like
  • Needs more white frosting

  • Piping bags not included

Have a love for pets? Build this delicious doghouse for your four-legged confectionary friend. A fun experience for both adults and kids, this easy gingerbread house kit contains six prebaked gingerbread house panels, white and green ready-to-use icings, lightbulb sprinkles, and a corgi dog icing decoration, as well as an easy-to-follow instruction sheet for assembling the animal's abode. Of course, this isn't safe for dogs to eat, but the gingerbread, vanilla icings, and candy pieces are completely edible for humans to enjoy.

This kit was beloved by all our Lab testers for its sweet design and smaller build. The instructions only include assembly so the decoration is entirely up to you (we copied from the box but it would have been nice to see the back of the house). Our testers found that shaving off the sides of the cookie pieces with a knife to make sure they were as straight as possible helped in the assembly, and the icing seemed to stick better that way, too. They did wish for more white frosting, however.

We found the taste to be about on par with most gingerbread houses. You aren't getting the taste of homemade cookies, but we think the fun is really in the decorating. The candies tasted as you'd expect—sugary and delicious.

Price at time of publish: $4

Best Gingerbread Houses

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Wilton Gingerbread House

Nick Kova

Includes: 6 pre-baked gingerbread house panels, white and green ready to use icings, lightbulb sprinkles, and a corgi dog icing decoration

Lab Test Takeaway

"A child could definitely do this. It might actually be better for smaller fingers to handle the tiny candies because mine were too large to get a good grip and place them on the house without sticking my fingers in the frosting and ruining the aesthetic." — Taylor Rock, Associate Editor

Best Tasting: Sensitive Sweets Gluten-Free & Vegan Gingerbread House Kit

4.8
sensitive-sweets-gingerbread-kit

Courtesy of Amazon

What We Like
  • Clear instructions

  • Almost tastes homemade

  • Quick-drying icing

What We Don't Like
  • Basic version doesn't include candies for decorating

Sensitive Sweets Bakery specializes in desserts that are allergy-friendly, and this gingerbread kit is vegan and free of gluten, dairy, eggs, soy, peanuts, tree nuts, coconut, oats, and sesame. It's also the gingerbread kit we ranked highest in taste in our Lab test. We found most gingerbread kits offer just average taste, but this one really wowed us—in fact, it tasted homemade.

Everything you should need comes with the Deluxe kit, but note that the Basic version is missing the frosting and candies. The quality of the kit itself is outstanding. Our testers thought the pieces were heavy, but that said, the kit provided adhesive frosting that was very efficient. It dried quickly, too. We only had to wait about 10 minutes before moving onto the next side.

The directions are easy to follow and contain helpful tips to help you succeed, particularly the idea of having mason jars on deck to hold up the heavy gingerbread sides as you go so the house doesn't collapse. Our Lab testers never worried about the gingerbread sides actually cracking because the gingerbread cookie consistency was closer to that of a soft cookie rather than having a hard exterior. None of the sides needed trimming either so this is a kit we would recommend for kids and adults.

Price at time of publish: $37

Best Gingerbread Houses

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Includes: gingerbread cookie walls and roof, icing mix for connecting walls, plastic holiday trees, and rings for decoration

Lab Test Takeaway

"The taste was amazing! During our final portion of the gingerbread testing day, all of our testers couldn't get enough of this one because the ingredients taste like real ingredients. Most people assumed the softer-textured gingerbread sides were gingerbread cookies homemade that morning, however, I had to spill that it came in a boxed kit!" — Collier Sutter, Review Editor

Best Traditional : Create A Treat Pre-Built Gingerbread House Kit

4.5
Create A Treat Pre-Built Gingerbread House Kit

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What We Like
  • Great for all ages

  • Includes plenty of icing

  • Sturdy

What We Don't Like
  • Candy wasn't the highest quality

This pre-built gingerbread house is what you think of when you think of the classic holiday decoration and sweet treat that has become so popular over the years. Plus, you don't have to be a pastry chef to create a masterpiece—it's perfect for all skill levels and no baking is required. The kit comes with everything you need including more than enough icing (something most other kits can't boast) for decorating.

After some serious decorating in The Lab, we gave this kit the highest marks in both ease and quality. We did think it left a little to be desired in the taste department, but we think this gingerbread house is more about the visual of the finished product anyway. It's definitely kid-approved, too. The larger tube of icing means a kid can even waste some and still have plenty left over for all the decorations.

Price at time of publish: $22

Create A Treat Gingerbread House

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Includes: gingerbread house, icing, candy decorations, 2 decorator bags, 1 star decorator tip, and 1 round decorator tip

Lab Test Takeaway

"I wasn't worried about cracking and the icing was excellent for decorating." Siobhan Wallace, Editor

Best Cookie Cutter Set: Crafty Cooking Kits Ninjabread Cookie Kit

4.5
Crafty Cooking Kits Ninjabread Cookie Kit

Courtesy of Walmart

What We Like
  • Easy to use

  • Almost everything is included

  • Cookie cutters are reusable

What We Don't Like
  • Cookies were hard, not crisp

  • Colors aren’t very festive

  • Flavor was just fair

While this kit may not be the standard gingerbread house, it’s super cool because it actually includes all sorts of fun gingerbread ninjas. These fighting gingerbread men are taking back Christmas one deliciously funny ninja at a time. The kit includes a gingerbread mix and plastic molds so that you can create your own custom scenes, just note that the mix requires the addition of softened butter and honey along with a little water.

The kit has all the standard fixings, like icing, piping bags, and candy beads. These kits make between 10 and 20 ninja-bread men, so everyone in the family can have their own custom silly cookies, and because the molds are reusable, you can make them all year round with different cookie doughs if you want. This may be something you want to do off the bat, actually, as our tester said the dough included with the kit is kind of hard and not very flavorful.

Instructions say the mix is enough for 20 cookies, but even though our tester rolled the dough as thing as possible, she only got 19 ninjas and a little leftover blob for tasting. Unfortunately, because the cookies were so thin, a few extra seconds in the oven overbaked some, and two lost a leg after baking. The final count included 17 full cookies to decorate, but she still decorated the one-legged ninjas and gave them candy canes so they could limp along.

Price at time of publish: $12

Brand Castle In The Mix Ninjabread Cookie Kit

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Includes: cookie mix, royal icing mix, candy beads, piping bags, (4) ninja cookie cutters

What Our Testers Say

"It was a lot of fun decorating the gingerbread cookies with the included supplies, and there are even more possibilities if you use your own cookie recipe and decorations." Donna Currie, Product Tester

Best for Homemade Baking: Nordic Ware Gingerbread House Bundt Pan

5
Nordic Ware Gingerbread House Bundt Pan
  • Includes detailed instructions

  • High-quality pan

  • Released easily

What We Don't Like
  • Difficult to clean

If you really want to go all out on your gingerbread house this year, and you are determined to build the whole thing from scratch, this bundt pan is the perfect option. It comes with a set of instructions with some handy notes such as the type of cooking spray or fats to use for easy releasing and a sample recipe.

For our Lab test, we used our own gingerbread house dough recipe and doubled it, filling up the pan about 3/4 of the way full. After baking, we let it cool for 3-4 hours because it's so dense and we wanted to be sure it had cooled thoroughly. Our gingerbread released easily and then we got to decorating. We were impressed with the end result—both in looks and taste.

Price at time of publish: $37

Best Gingerbread Houses

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Includes: bundt pan, instructions, sample recipe

Lab Test Takeaway

"The bundt cake came out quite easily after significant cooling time!" — Felisia Tan, Test Kitchen Assistant

Final Verdict

For a festive blast into the past and a classic design that will bring all ages cheer, we recommend the Hasbro Candy Land Gingerbread House Kit. For quality candies and tons of variety, we loved the Sweetology Gingerbread House Decorating Kit. This one you can really make your own, and kids, as well as creative adults, will get into the fun.

How We Tested Gingerbread houses

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How We Tested

For the second season in a row, our editors researched the top gingerbread kits on the market and selected a wide variety to appeal to kids and adults of all ages. Then, we spent a fun-filled and festive day in our testing Lab constructing and sampling the gingerbread houses. We then collected all the data, and used insights from an at-home tester, too. We looked at features like kit quality, ease of assembly, and taste. However, we quickly ruled out taste as a deal-breaker. Most gingerbread kits are designed with aesthetics in mind (although we did find a clear winner in the taste category). Finally, we combined all the results from the past two years of gingerbread house construction to bring you the best options in a variety of categories.

gingerbread kit lab test

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What to Look for in a Gingerbread Kit

Difficulty

Gingerbread kits come in all different varieties. Some come completely prebuilt so all you have to do is decorate with the included frosting and candies. Some require only basic assembly, and others require shaping and trimming of cookie pieces to get the exact fit. If this is going to be an activity for younger kids, you'll want to check out how much measuring and precision is involved.

How We tested Gingerbread Houses

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Items Included

Be sure to note what comes with your kit. Some require you to supply your own icing, for example. Others suggest having some basics like confectioner's sugar or a piping bag. It can be fun to get your own candy and extra decorations for your house, but if you're looking for simplicity, some kits have everything you need in one package.

How We Tested Best Gingerbread Houses

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Taste

Most gingerbread kits tend to focus on the assembly and decorating process, and the taste of the actual cookie pieces can be just average. If you really want homemade taste, you can always buy a cake mold to make your own from scratch. That being said, there is quite a variety of options out there these days and some kits come with some pretty tasty gingerbread. You can also find options for special diets, like vegan or gluten-free.

Gingerbread house building

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FAQs

What comes in a gingerbread house kit?

While each gingerbread house kit is different, there are common pieces you’ll find in most options. There are gingerbread panels that serve as the walls and roof, icing for “glue” and decoration, candy pieces, like peppermints, chocolates, gumdrops, or licorice, and sprinkles. 

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Can you eat gingerbread house kits?

For the most part, gingerbread kits are edible. From the gingerbread houses to the frosting and candies included. Keep in mind that some kits do include little plastic or cardstock figures as decoration, and those should not be consumed. 

How long do gingerbread house kits last?

In regards to how long an unopened gingerbread kit can last, most have a one-year-long shelf life before it goes bad. Be sure to check the expiration date. Of course, building and eating sooner rather than later will result in a fresher taste. 

In terms of how long a gingerbread house will last once built, most kits will last a week or two before becoming inedible (or at least really dried out and tough).

Why Trust The Spruce Eats?

Mary Kate Hoban is an Associate Editorial Director at The Spruce Eats. After spending months researching the best gingerbread kits, she also went to The Lab for a full day of testing them side by side (two years in a row!). She finds it tough to pick a favorite but the Wilton Gingerbread Corgi Doghouse Kit was almost too cute to eat.

Allison Wignall, who updated this article, is a writer who focuses on food and travel. During her globetrotting she has tasted some of the sweetest confections–from macarons in Paris to fresh gourmet chocolates in Ecuador. Her work has been featured in publications, such as Food & Wine, Travel + Leisure, and Southern Living.

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