Today is officially, on the calendar, Gingerbread Cookie Baking Day and we are totally celebrating it here at 3 Winks Design. I have never been a big gingerbread house decorator. I think they are cute, but I guess I don't have the patience for them and also, after all of that work making it, I hate to take it apart to eat it. If you don't eat it, it feels like a big waste of food. But, years ago, I found the perfect solution for the dilemma of wanting to decorate a gingerbread house and wanting to eat it as well. I have a 7.5" gingerbread house cookie cutter that is so much fun to decorate, give as a gift and kids don't get bored with it as they work on it.
First of all, here is my gingerbread recipe. I like to cut back on the tang of the molasses by using honey with it. Also, I use half butter and half shortening in my recipe.
Now you are ready to start rolling the dough. I use a piece of plastic wrap over this dough when I roll it to be sure to get a smooth cutting surface.
I was getting worried that I wouldn't be able to find you the same cookie cutter because I purchased mine a long time ago. But I found it and it is really inexpensive! Seriously, smaller ones were way more. This one is the biggest, the least expensive and the best!
I was disappointed that I didn't have any gumdrops today because I love gumdrops on gingerbread houses, but I still think it turned out pretty cute! I used a chocolate bar for the front door and one of our little owls (of course) is perched above it! I like to make a Christmas scene with the house, gingerbread men and trees. I think you could even add a snowman and a santa and that would be so cute.
Now, just wrap up your gingerbread scene and take it over to a neighbor for Christmas! Maybe you could add some gingerbread flavored Hot Cocoa Bombs to go with it! No one will mind eating this gingerbread and dipping it in hot cocoa is perfect!
And, in case you still want to build the whole house:
Creators of Hot Cocoa Bombs! (copyrighted)
Helen Reynolds: Mother of six children , grandmother to eleven! I love to cook, craft and create things and I especially love doing that with my family, So, when my lawyer daughter, Lindsey, my artist daughter, Madalynn, and I came up with the idea of Hot Cocoa Bombs, this blog was born. Then, one more daughter, with her technical and science skills, plus creativity has joined in to round us out! Read more about us here!