Updated for 2022! I’m sure some of you make brilliant gingerbread houses from scratch, but the majority of us end up with a demolition site rather than a cute holiday scene. So I’ve put together this list of dairy-free gingerbread houses and cookie kits you can buy this holiday season. Most are still ones that you build and decorate yourself, but they provide all of the components and a great template to help ensure construction success.
All the Dairy-Free Gingerbread Houses & Cookie Kits for the Holidays
Some of these sweet holiday kits are purposely dairy-free, and even vegan or allergy-friendly. Others are “accidentally dairy-free,” but we’re not complaining about their milk and butter oversight.
Allergen Notes: At the time of our review, all items listed below were dairy-free by ingredients. But ingredients are subject to change at any time, and all products are at some degree of risk for allergen cross contamination, whether they have a “may contain” statement or not. Always read the label before consuming any food, and make sure you are familiar with this may contain information. If you are concerned about potential cross contamination of an allergen, always contact the company to discuss their ingredient sourcing and allergen protocols before purchasing. Only you can decide what is safe for your needs.
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Wondershop Dairy-Free Baking Kits
Fully baked and prepared, these kits are affordable little decorating projects. Please note that some of their pre-built houses and other kits do contain dairy, but most gingerbread “build your own” kits are made without milk or egg ingredients. They include classic gingerbread houses and fun creations, like the Holiday Stadium Gingerbread Cookie Kit and Holiday Tree Gingerbread House Kit. We believe at least some of their kits are made by Wilton.
- Allergy Notes: They do contain wheat. They have a big range of products, so as always, check for other allergens
- Where to Buy: These are sold exclusively at Target stores. See our Dairy-Free Target Guide for a list of this year’s gingerbread kits.
Crafty Cooking Kits
This brand is serious about baking kits. They make dozens of varieties for every season and occasion, and many are dairy-free by ingredients. This includes not only their classic Gingerbread Dog House and Camper sets, but also their popular Ninjabread Men an Gingerbread Zombie Cookies. But please note that not all varieties are dairy-free, and the entire M&Ms line contains milk. The dairy-free gingerbread houses and some of their cookie kits come with pre-baked cookies. But some of the cookie kits involve baking.
- Allergy Notes: According the company the baking mixes are made in a peanut-free and tree nut-free (they do use coconut) facility. Several of their kits are made without milk or eggs, so those are accidentally vegan, too. But all varieties do contain wheat.
- Where to Buy: You can find several varieties on Amazon, at Walmart, and via various mainstream retailers. They also sell select kits via specialty shops, like Cabela’s.
Jereann Zann Kit
This allergy-friendly baker has created an amazing Mid-Century Mod Gingerbread House Kit, complete with white chocolate “glue” and various decorating candies. It also includes stencils and recipes for you to bake the gingerbread.
- Allergy Notes: The kit is made in a gluten-free, top nine allergen-free facility in Florida.
- Where to Buy: You can order it from Uncommon Goods.
Some of their branded holiday kits do contain milk, but all of the gingerbread houses that we viewed from this company were made without milk. And yes, there are several! They have classics, like their E-Z Build Gingerbread Houses, Gingerbread Train, and More. They also have some fun branded holiday house options, like Twizzlers, Sour Patch Kids, and Oreo. They actually have a Mini Oreo Village, too!
- Allergy Notes: According the company the baking mixes are made in a peanut-free and tree nut-free facility. Several of their kits are made without milk or eggs, so they are accidentally vegan, too. But all varieties do contain wheat and soy. Their Gingerbread Family Kit appears to be made without soy.
- Where to Buy: You can find them at major retailers, like Walmart, Target, Big Lots, Kroger, and other grocery chains. You can also buy most of their varieties on Amazon.
You don’t need to buy anything else with these “designer” cookie kits. They come complete with pre-baked cookies, icing, accessories, and edible glitter. Their collection includes many cute dairy-free gingerbread houses, along with various winter and holiday themed cookies that are ready to decorate with the enclosed “bling.”
- Allergy Notes: All of the items we checked contain wheat and egg, so they are not gluten-free or vegan. But the company does state they are made in a nut-free facility.
- Where to Buy: Online, they sell all varieties at bakerybling.com, and select varieties on Amazon. You can also find some of their kits at major U.S. grocery stores, including Walmart, Target, Albertsons, and others.
YumEarth Gingerbread House Kit
Everything is baked and ready to assemble with this “allergy-friendly” kit. The decorations are YumEarth brand candies, and the cookie walls and roof pieces are not only top allergen-free, but also gluten-free.
- Allergy Notes: According to the company, this product is free from: peanuts, gluten, tree nuts, milk, eggs, fish, shellfish and soy.
- Where to Buy: They are sold at yumearth.com and on Amazon.
Yes, many Wilton gingerbread houses and holiday cookie kits are made without dairy! I have spotted a couple varieties that contain milk , so as always, double check. But most, including the Mini Village Gingerbread House Kit and Super Mario Gingerbread Castle, are dairy-free by ingredients. These are “Build it Yourself” kits, with everything pre-baked and prepared for you.
- Allergy Notes: These kits do contain wheat. Most varieties are made without milk and eggs, making them “accidentally” vegan.
- Where to Buy: You can find these at mainstream retailers, like Walmart, Joann, and on Amazon. They’re also available direct from www.wilton.com.
This gluten-free and vegan bakery makes and ships gingerbread kits each year. They’re pre-baked and ready to assemble with dairy-free white chocolate glue. They also offer a Christmas sugar cookie decorating kit.
- Allergy Notes: They run a dairy-free, egg-free, and gluten-free bakery. They do handle nuts and soy in their bakery.
- Where to Buy: These products are sold exclusively via the Karma Baker website at karmabaker.com. They ship throughout the U.S.
Lillybean by Pastry Base
Everything you need to bake and decorate your unique gluten-free vegan cookies comes in these dairy-free baking kits. This year they have Gingerbread Tiny House Village and Snowflake Sugar Cookie kits.
- Allergy Notes: All of their kits are vegan (and have vegan optional instructions for baking) and made without dairy, eggs, gluten, and soy.
- Where to Buy: They’re sold via the Pastry Base website at pastrybase.com and at specialty shops throughout the U.S.
This allergy-friendly bakery is located in Southern California, but they ship their kits direct to customers. Most of their dairy-free baking kits are pre-baked and all inclusive, and they include a gingerbread house kit and cookie decorating kits.
- Allergy Notes: This bakery is free of dairy, eggs, gluten, nuts, soy, and sesame. Their products are also vegan.
- Where to Buy: These kits are sold exclusively via sensitivesweets.com in their “Christmas” section online. They ship throughout the U.S.
In the Mix
These are made by the same company as Crafty Cooking Kits, but all of these are fun bake-your-own activities. The name is often co-branded, so you might see a Kroger or Great Value logo instead of In the Mix. They include fun cookie kits, like Gingerbread Man Sandwich Cookies and Holiday Lights Sugar Cookies.
- Allergy Notes: These mixes do contain wheat. You will need dairy alternatives (butter and in some cases milk) to bake them. A couple mixes are vegan as baked, but a couple call for egg.
- Where to Buy: You can find them via mainstream retailers, like Walmart and Big Lots. As mentioned above, they might be sold under the store’s brand.
Trader Joe’s Cookie Kits
Their ready-to-decorate kits come complete with cookies, icing, and edible decorations. They did release their Halloween and Thanksgiving cookie kits, so we’re assuming the Christmas one will be back this year, too. In prior years, it was Holiday Ornament Cookies.
- Allergy Notes: They do contain wheat, but are “accidentally” vegan (no milk or eggs in the ingredietns)
- Where to Buy: They’re sold exclusively at Trader Joe’s stores in the U.S.
I couldn’t resist! For a food-free build-your-own gingerbread house, try this Lego Duplo Santa’s Gingerbread House. It’s a fun option when severe allergies are a concern.
- Allergy Notes: Obviously, there are no top allergens – it isn’t edible!
- Where to Buy: Look for it in the toy section at major holiday retailers, or order it on Amazon.