A masterpiece of holiday cheer! A Gingerbread Cottage!
This is one of my favorite holiday traditions. It involves baking and good smells and lots of candy and you can drink Bailey's and coffee the whole time. Whee!
Just in case you want to make a crazy awesome house too, here is the recipe!
Gingerbread House Doughmakes 1 house
2 sticks butter
3/4 cup packed brown sugar
3/4 cup molasses
5 1/4 cup flour
2 teaspoon baking soda
2 teaspoon cinnamon
2 teaspoon ginger
1/2 teaspoon cloves
1 teaspoon salt
3/4 cup water
1/2 cup butterscotch candies (crunched up, for windows)
Cream the butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Add the molasses and mix on low. Mix the flour, baking soda, cinnamon, ginger, cloves, and salt together and add to the butter mixture. After that is mixed in, add the water. Refrigerate at least 3 hours. Roll out about 1/4 inch thick (I roll the roof a little thinner). Bake at 350 degrees for 10 minutes, fill in the window holes with the crunched up butterscotch, and bake another 10 minutes, or until the windows are set and the gingerbread is dark brown.
Royal Icing for Gingerbread House
5 1/4 cup powdered sugar
1 tablespoon + 1.5 teaspoon cream of tartar
1/2 cup egg whites
Mix together until combined, then beat on high for 5 minutes, or until white and fluffy.
This year we decided to go high tech and threaded a light bulb into the middle. I hope that puppy doesn't burn out, because there's no changing him.
Here are the girls anxiously awaiting the starter pistol.
Mimi actually said, "Let's get this party STARTED!"
Pretty good spread, right? Brent and Bella went to the grocery store and came back with an epic assortment of materials. My favorite were the mint M&Ms.
Mimi just stuffed herself with candy during this activity. Not really that unexpected if you've ever met her ("I'm two can I have a tic tac caaaaaaan Iiiiii?"). She did manage to decorate her side of the house quite a bit. Bella put all her concentration into decorating and needed several refills of frosting.
Bella did such a cute job on these gingerbread people. Hello little guys! Aren't you looking delicious.
We had some extra dough so the girls made ornaments. I had sort of lost interest at this point and was completely amazed when I turned around and they had actual ornaments ready to bake. Not just globs of dough but recognizable shapes! Way to go, girls!
Mimi hung the ornaments on the tree.
Did I say tree? I meant branch.
Oh how I love holiday traditions with my little holiday helpers!