. (Gotta love that in late December!)
What You Need:
- Your go-to gingerbread cookie recipe
- Square cookie cutters
- Edible glue or light corn syrup
- Pink, green and gray fondant
- White piping-consistency royal icing
- Disposable piping bag
- Small round piping tip
- Small holly leaf, snowflake and square plunger cutters (optional)
- Crushed candy canes, edible glitter, sprinkles or sanding sugar (optional)
1. Roll and Cut Your Dough
To get started, roll out your cookie dough and cut a series of squares in whatever size you want your cookies to be.
To turn your squares into houses, use your small, sharp knife and cut away the tops of each cookie square. Make sure your two cuts meet at the top center of the cookie.
2. Bake 'Em Up!
Chill, bake and cool your cookies according to your recipe. (Chilling helps the cookie hold its shape, so be sure not to skip this step.)
3. Add a Fondant Base
To add some color to your cookies, roll out your fondant to a thickness of about 3 mm. Cut the fondant to the same size as your cookie, then use a little corn syrup or edible glue to attach it.
Tip: Add textures like brickwork, quilting or wood for extra dimension! It's easy to just press these details into the fondant while it's fresh and still pliable.
4. Start Decorating!
Pipe a little royal icing along the roof of your cookie and sprinkle edible glitter, tiny sprinkles, crushed candy cane or sanding sugar on top. For added glitz, you can even use rock candy pieces.
Roll out the green fondant and cut out a series of tiny holly leaves. Arrange them in a wreath shape and stick them in place with some edible glue or royal icing.
Now add a pretty bow to your wreath! We rolled out a thin rope of pink fondant, shaped it into a bow and attached it with a little royal icing.
5. Make a Door
Cut a small rectangular piece for the door and attach with a dab of edible glue. Use a large, round sprinkle as a door handle. You can add extra detail to your door with a small square plunger cutter.
6. Add Some Windows
For the windows, roll out the gray fondant. With a small, sharp knife cut out two equal-sized squares. Attach with edible glue on either side of the door. Pipe window frames onto the gray squares, and your house is party-ready!