I am always trying out new cookie recipes for Christmas and this Gingerbread House Cookie recipe is SO fun for the holidays!
I will warn you that these are not quick and easy cookies, they require some extra effort and time, but the results are SO worth the wait!
3 Cup flour
1 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
1 Cup soft unsalted butter
1 Cup granulated sugar
Cream the soft butter with the sugar until the combination is smooth not grainy to the touch in a mixing bowl.
Add eggs and continue to mix.
Add the vanilla and continue mixing.
Sift the four, baking soda, and salt together.
Add the dry mixture to the wet mixture.
Continue mixing to make sure all ingredients are thoroughly blended.
Make the dough into a ball, wrap it in cling wrap completely covering the entire dough ball.
Put in the refrigerator for about 6 hours or overnight. Check to see if the dough is firm.
Preheat oven to 325 degrees.
Pull the cookie dough out of the refrigerator and sit it out to soften up a bit.
Put flour out on the cutting board, rub flour on the rolling pin, and work some flour into
the batter. (if needed)
Roll the dough out on the cutting board and using the cookie cutter begin to make your cookies.
Line the cookie sheet with parchment paper.
Using a metal spatula move the cut cookies to the parchment lined cookie sheet.
Bake at 325 degrees for 8 minutes. Check to see if the cookies are thoroughly baked.
Take the cookies off of the cookie sheet and put on a wire rack to cool completely. (About 10 minutes)
4 egg whites
2 Cup powder sugar
1/2 tsp cream of tartar
1 tsp vanilla
Combine all ingredients in a mixing bowl mixing on medium speed for 4 minutes. (except your food coloring)
If icing is not stiff enough add 1/4 cup of powder sugar.
Divide the icing into 5 bowls equally.
The first bowl of icing, add a couple drops of brown gel food coloring to get a light brown color.
The second bowl of icing, add several drops of purple gel food coloring. Stir to mix.
The third bowl of icing, add several drops of pink gel food coloring.
The fourth bowl of icing remains white.
The fifth bowl, add a few drops of brown gel food coloring to get a light light tan color.
Thin out the brown icing left in the bowl using a tsp of water.
Pipe on snow around the top of the house and fill in with white icing.
Let sit for 30 minutes.
Pipe an edge using the brown icing around the house, mini gingerbread man and reindeer.
Fill in with the thinner brown icing.
Let dry for 2-3 hours.
Pipe on a white door and use the purple icing to make lines on the door.
Use the pink to make pink heart windows and then white to make window lines
Make 3 dots, in different sizes above the door and pipe on squiggly lines to make “Rose” like looks.
Decorate the mini gingerbread man and reindeer according to the picture.
Let dry for another 3 hours
Dip the circle cookie in thick white icing and then dip the icing covered part of the cookie in coconut flakes.
Place gingerbread house onto the circle cookie and hold it there for 15 minutes
Place the gingerbread man and reindeer on the cookie.
Let dry for 2 hours and Enjoy.
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