Gingerbread house decorating contest
Gingerbread house decorating contest

the contest

The holidays are a time to do things that celebrate and create traditions. We all have cherished memories of creating something beautiful to mark this special time of year. We think decorating a gingerbread house is a perfect way to craft new memories, and we’re hoping you’ll join us in celebrating the sweet traditions and beauty of the holiday season by entering our gingerbread house decorating contest.


The King Arthur Flour Gingerbread House Decorating Contest is open to US and Canadian citizens. Participants are asked to take a digital photo of their original gingerbread house, and email it to gingerbread [at] Multiple entries are permitted (and encouraged!)


All gingerbread houses must be made of 100% edible materials. The use of any craft or construction material will result in disqualification. By submitting your photo to the contest you authorize King Arthur Flour to use your photo in any promotional and/or marketing materials.


There will be five winners (see categories below), plus three special “judges’ pick” winners.

EACH Winner will receive:

  • $50 gift card
  • King Arthur Flour Cookie Companion cookbook
  • Personalized cookie from the King Arthur Flour Bakery

All participants will automatically be entered in our weekly drawing for a chance to win one of five $10 gift cards.

gift card and cookbook


We have the tools, tips, ingredients, recipes, and blogs to help you get started with your gingerbread creation. Get inspired now

gingerbread house kit

how to enter

Email a photo of your gingerbread house to on or before December 31, 2012.

All entries must include:

  • Name
  • Phone
  • Email address
  • Category (listed below)
  • Photo Title

The King Arthur Flour Judges Panel will select one winning entry from each of the following categories:

  • Kids (10 and under)
  • Most Creative
  • Landmarks
  • Fun/Humorous
  • Standout Execution

the judges

contest judges

Brook Stewart (left) is the visual merchandiser on King Arthur Flour's product team. She's been designing our cookie cutters and decorating cookies for the catalog with MaryJane for the past year, and created this year's gingerbread houses and holiday cookies.

MaryJane Robbins (middle) began working on King Arthur Flour's Baker's Hotline in 2006, and joined the blog team the following year. MJ loves to create decorated cookies for the catalogue, and blogs about all kinds of foods, especially sweet treats.

Wilhelm Wanders (right) creates artisan pastries at our King Arthur Flour Bakery. Representing the 9th generation of German pastry chefs in his family, he's very familiar with gingerbread houses!


Take a look at the entries so far on Pinterest or Facebook:

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