It’s finally Christmas and our home smells delicious of gingerbread these days. I’m a big fan of the holiday-season and love the whole cozy jingle-bells spirit that’s around you at this time. I’ve been trying to balance between studying for the exams and trying to get into the Christmas spirit, despite lack of snow. So one of the things I managed to do was baking a bunch of mini gingerbread houses and cookies (yum!).
These are so delicious and decorating was definitely the most fun part – and what really got me into the Christmas spirit. I love baking things and to wrap it in tiny cute gifts for my loved ones. I’ve been doing this for couple of years now and it’s absolutely one very important part of Christmas to me. It’s amazing to see how small homemade things can spread love and Christmas vibes..
I’ve always wanted to make a gingerbread house but haven’t had the time to do it yet. So in all this get-into-christmas chaos I thought “why not replace the usual sugar cookies with mini gingerbread houses as gifts instead?”. And so it became mini versions.. so fun to make and hopefully fun to receive as well.
15 gingerbread houses and 8-10 gingerbread cut-out men
700 g all-purpose flour
2 round tsp ground ginger
2 tsp cinnamon
2 tsp baking powder
pinch of salt
350 g brown sugar
250 g unsalted butter, soft
4 tbsp golden syrup (or maple syrup)
2 tbsp honey
- Combine all dry ingredients except brown sugar (flour, ground ginger, cinnamon, baking powder and salt)
- Mix together syrup, honey and eggs until it’s combined.
- Mix unsalted butter (at room-temperature) and brown sugar until it reaches a creamy soft texture.
- Add syrup-honey-egg mixture into brown sugar-butter mixture. Mix until it’s all well incorporated.
- Slowly begin adding the flour mixture a little bit at a time (first 1/3 of it – and then combine and add more). Combine it all until it forms a dough.
- Part the dough as you prefer. Wrap it tightly and let it sit in the fridge for at least an hour.
Roll out, cut and decorate!
I’ve written down all the sizes for my templates so you can draw it yourself and use.
- Roll out your dough so it’s about 3 mm thick. Use your templates and cookie-cutter to cut out the shapes that you need.
- Place it on a baking tray and bake for about 9 minutes (or until golden brown) at 170 ℃. Let them cool down completely before decorating with royal icing and building.
400g powdered sugar
15g pasteurized egg whites
4 tbsp water
- Whisk 1/3 of powdered sugar with egg whites until it begins to form bubbles.
- Add a little bit at a time (both sugar and water) until it becomes stiff and glossy. Add food colouring if you want.
And now, let me show you how I decorated mine ^_^
I found these absolutely cute bags and thought it was perfect to use! Luckily it fitted perfectly too. I’m so in love with the gifts this year. There was even a little card attached to write a few words. So so cute.. ._.
So yeah.. that was all! I really hope you’ll have a lovely christmas with your loved ones. Remember to appreciate and enjoy these kind of moments where everyone is gathered together ^_^
So last but not least.. Merry Christmas <3