Gingerbread Minis

I’ve been on a gingerbread tear this holiday season.

I just love the smell of baking gingerbread and when the aroma waifs through my house… it just feels like Christmas.

This year, I’ve made more gingerbread than I ever have before.

gingerbread cookies on a rack

I don’t know about you but it seems, I only make gingerbread cookies this time of year.

I’ve often wondered if that’s a habit that deserves re-thinking.

While gingerbread cookies are delicious any time of year, I’d hate to risk diminishing their special holiday value by making them too often throughout the year.

royal icing colors

When decorating gingerbread cookies (or any cookies, for that matter), I like to use plastic sandwhich bags to hold the royal icing.

The smaller bags are not only better for smaller decorating jobs, but they also make for easier cleanup.

Snip the corner of the baggie, outfit the coupler and piping tip.

When you’re done, just remove the hardware and toss the baggie.

frosted cookies

I find it easier to work in assembly line fashion.

Now, how delicious do these icing-covered cookies look?

frosted gingerbread minis

Here’s another quick decorating tip for you.

When covering candy cane shapes… start with white icing first and then add red stripes.

I accidentally reversed that order and red candy canes with white stripes just do not look as good.

gingerbread stocking

Actually, these mini bites are pretty delicious whatever shade you color the gingerbread.

In case you’re wondering, I typically use a pre-packaged royal icing mix that requires that I only add water.

Of course, you can easily make your own royal icing and you can find plenty of recipes online.

gingerbread man

Gingerbread Minis
Prep Time
20 mins
Cook Time
8 mins
Total Time
28 mins
 
Servings: 2 -3 dozen
Ingredients
  • 3/4 cup softened butter
  • 1 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 3/4 cup molasses
  • 4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons ground ginger
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 3/4 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • Royal icing and assorted gel coloring.
Instructions
  1. Combine butter and brown sugar in a stand mixer. Don't over mix.
  2. Add egg and mix then, add molasses. Whisk all other dry ingredients together in a separate bowl.
  3. Slowly add dry ingredients to the mixer and combine.
  4. Once large gingerbread dough ball is created remove and cut into 4 sections.
  5. Roll out each section between two pieces of parchment paper, lightly flour base paper.
  6. Lay each piece of rolled out gingerbread flat on a baking tray.
  7. Refrigerate for at least one hour.
  8. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  9. Remove chilled gingerbread one at a time and cut with cookie cutters.
  10. Bake for 8-12 minutes or until golden brown. Remove from oven and allow to cool before decorating.

  11. Mix assorted royal icing colors and decorate as desired.

bakers twine and ribbon

These colorful threads are part of my essential holiday cooking making.

I always package up my goodies for gifts from the kitchen and red and white bakers twine is a must.

This versatile twine is great all year round but it looks especially festive when used to tie up Christmas treats.

gingerbread cookies

I filled small plastic goodie bags with the gingerbread cookies and added a small handcrafted tag for good measure.

However, I didn’t stop there.

Regular readers know I’m a sucker for fun, handcrafted packaging and I came across another way to present holiday cookies in a fun way.

gingerbread brown bag

Pick up some small, craft colored paper bags from your local crafts store.

Use a pencil and ruler to lightly outline the image of a gingerbread house.

I’ll bet you can see where I’m going with this.

gingerbread puff paint

Fold the top of the bag into a point to look like a roof-line.

Use puffy paint to cover the pencil lines you created for the doors and windows.

Set aside and allow to dry completely.

You’ll know the puffy paint is dry when it’s no longer tacky to the touch.

puffy paint gingerbread house

By the way, I first saw this puffy paint technique over on Craftberry Bush where my blogging friend, Lucy always inspires with her beautiful home, lovely crafts and talented artistry.

I had never heard of puffy paint before but now that I’ve tried it, I’m already thinking about other possible uses for it.

houses gingerbread baggies

Punch a few small holes in the top of the pointed roof-line area.

Insert a strand of that beautiful red and white striped bakers twine to hold the bag together after you’ve filled it with the bagged gingerbread cookies.

Add a touch of color contrast if you like with a sprig of greenery.

gingerbread house cookie bags

The little houses are easy to make and because they look like gingerbread make for the perfect container for gingerbread.

I gifted these cookie-filled houses to several neighbors and they were a big hit.

puff paint gingerbread houses

These gingerbread house bags are as fun and easy to make as the gingerbread contents.

I think you’ll agree, this holiday gift from the kitchen is just adorable inside and out.

Happy baking, happy crafting and happy holidays.

make gingerbread cookie minis

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  • [email protected] Designs

    Wow…this is so amazing Lisa!…love the bags!…I need to be a houseguest of yours for the entire month of December so that I can help taste test your delicious creations! Merry Christmas Lisa to you and your beautiful family!

  • Sarah

    Absolutely adorable! Such creativity! I have to ask: where did you find the wooden twine box/holder? Merry Christmas to you and your family!

    • Lisa Tutman-Oglesby

      Thanks so much, Sarah.
      The wood twine box was a gift that I know came from Home Goods.
      My friend who gave it to me said they have an even bigger selection this year.
      Happy holidays.

  • marie

    So much fun! You are so sweet to share your magical ideas with us. I too have been baking gingerbread, but little loaves in the shape of houses dusted with powdered sugar and a small tub of cream cheese frosting. You would love them, Lisa! Merry Christmas!

  • Jeanne

    Lisa – I actually gasped when I saw your finished gingerbread houses…and filled with the most beautiful gingerbread minis…speechless! Merry Christmas! 🙂

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