There's a lot to love about gingerbread cookies, whether served on their own or as part of a larger gingerbread house project. Either way, these little guys' royal icing smiles and heart-shaped cheeks are the perfect way to celebrate the holiday season.
Lisa Snyder
'Tis the season for gingerbread houses! But after you bake your cookies, don't reach for the candy canes just yet — you've gotta know which icing to use, or risk sub-par houses. Because in the realm of royal icing, fondant and buttercream, one stands out from the rest as the best icing for gingerbread houses — and there's one you should most definitely avoid.
Felicity and Krystle
If you're not ready to commit to a full-on gingerbread village, get started with a mini gingerbread house cake topper. It's a quick project that will add a festive touch to your favorite cake recipe.
Felicity and Krystle
If you find crustless pie highly offensive, we've got good news: you can turn pie crust into cookies that are good for munching all day long.
Jessie Oleson Moore
Cookie crumb pie crust is a simple alternative to traditional pie crust, and it's a no-hassle way to make a pie even sweeter. Made with finely crushed cookies (similar to a graham cracker pie crust), you can use any cookies you like as long as they're crisp and crunchy (though wafers and shortbread cookies tend to work best). Plus, the crust can be stored in the freezer for up to a month, so it's easy prep for a Thanksgiving feast. Trust us, even crust-haters will find this recipe pretty sweet.
Jessie Oleson Moore
Cookie or cake? Why decide when you can have both? These giant pumpkin spice cookies are stacked high with a cream cheese filling that's sure to satisfy all your holiday dessert cravings.
Kris Galicia Brown
A gift of homemade baked goods is one of the sweetest ways — literally — to send good cheer during the holiday season. But opening a box only to find it full of cookie crumbs feels about the same as getting a lump of coal in your stocking.
No Thanksgiving feast is complete without pumpkin pie. But that doesn't mean you have to go the traditional route. Instead, put a new twist on the classic dessert with pumpkin pie slice cookies.
Callye Alvarado
Maker, beware: there's a sugar rush ahead. These spook-ified Halloween cakes and cupcakes are just as delicious as they are scary, so pick your poison and get piping.
Honestly, there's nothing more satisfying than flooding a sugar cookie with royal icing. But as fun as decorating can be, it's also super easy to make mistakes. But don't fret: for all the common errors cookie decorators can make, there are simple ways to fix 'em. Soon you'll even learn how to avoid them altogether!
Felicity and Krystle
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