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Monday, December 7, 2015

Gingerbread House Cookies | Decorating Tips | Restocked!

I've just restocked the Gingerbread House Cookie Cutter Set for the third (and final!) time.   The nice "shapers" in Nebraska have worked double-time over the weekend to get them here!  

I guess I'm not the only one who loves the idea of creating a charming Gingerbread village without having to construct any houses... which is much harder than you might think : )


I've just restocked the Gingerbread House Cookie Cutter Set for the third (and final!) time.   The nice "shapers" in Nebraska have worked double-time over the weekend to get them here!  

I guess I'm not the only one who loves the idea of creating a charming Gingerbread village without having to construct any houses... which is much harder than you might think : )

In this post, I'll walk you through how I decorated these, but the possibilities are endless.  We plan to have them for Emma's birthday for the girls to decorate, but will make them out of sugar cookie dough and have pink and sparkly glitters to use as decorations.  

Gingerbread Cookie Recipe
2 cups flour 
2 teaspoons ground ginger
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup butter, room temperature
1/3 cup brown sugar
1/3 cup molasses
1 large egg

Combine dry ingredients.  In a mixer, cream together butter, brown sugar and molasses.  When creamy, add egg.  Slowly stir in dry ingredients.  Chill dough for 20 minutes. 


Roll out the dough, cut shapes.


Bake at 350 for 10-12 minutes on a parchment lined baking sheet, until browned and firm.


For decorating, I used white tiny ball sprinkles, crushed candy canes, snow caps, rosemary sprigs, red hots (cut in half) and raspberry gumdrops.


I used royal icing as my 'glue.'



I cut the snowcaps in half and used them to thatch the roof.


For other roofs, I used royal icing, then put sprinkles on to act as snow.





This house has a "cranberry" wreath and a rosemary bough over the front door.


I cut a slice of the raspberry gum drop, then cut a hole with a straw.


I trimmed off the rosemary until it looked like ever green.


The trees got a dusting of snow, too.



I love how these little red hot halves look like light bulbs!



I would love to see what you create, too!  Please email photos (or share on instagram) and I can share everyone's creativity : )

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