Gingerbread cuckoo clock recipe

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A festive project that doubles as a decoration with the ultimate wow factor!

Gingerbread cuckoo clock
(Image credit: Future)
Cooking Time12 mins
Cost RangeMid
Nutrition Per PortionRDA
Calories600 Kcal30%
Saturated Fat9 g45%
Fat18 g26%
Carbohydrates107 g41%

Love making a gingerbread house at Christmas? Well, you're certainly going to want to try this impressive gingerbread cuckoo clock.

Not only is the gingerbread clock entirely edible, but it also has clock hands that can move so you can set the time. It would be a wonderful festive centerpiece on a Christmas table or brought out with the Christmas cake at tea time. But it's not just good-looking, this gingerbread house tastes great too. The biscuit has a ginger zing while brown sugar adds a warming complex flavour, Christmas in every bite. Use our gingerbread cuckoo clock template to make your clock with precision.


For the gingerbread:

  • 150g unsalted butter, softened
  • 175g dark brown soft sugar
  • 550g plain flour, plus extra for dusting
  • 1tbsp ground ginger
  • 100g golden syrup
  • 75ml water

For the decoration:

  • Cocktail sticks, one cut to 3cm
  • 1 medium egg white
  • 250g icing sugar, sieved
  • Small piping bag
  • Jelly Tots, or other sweets for decoration
  • 200g marzipan