This weekend we had friends over for a gingerbread party.
My goal this year is to make Christmas super memorable for the kids, to participate in more community events and to spend more time connecting with friends and family and directing less focus on gifts.
We had Gingerbread cupcakes with cinnamon swiss meringue buttercream (recipe HERE)
I baked up seven small gingerbread houses using a recipe from King Arthur Flour. I tripled the recipe and had enough gingerbread for all seven with a little bit leftover for embellishments. I followed the recipe as written but did not chill the dough. The dough started off really soft but after being rolled more than once it became quite tough to work with and the end result wasn’t as smooth and flawless as after the first roll!
The cookies measured roughly 3X5 inches when they were cut, but after baking and icing they ended up being a fair size.
The houses were decorated using royal icing and Christmas treats.
I couldn’t wait and decorated my house the night before.
My little bakers needed matching aprons for the occasion!
Frilly aprons for the girls…
and more “manly” aprons for the boys! My oldest son called it his Angry Bird apron!
Candy as far as they eye can see!
I think more candy ended up in the bellies than on the houses!
Our Shelf Elf, Chippy must have known we were having a gingerbread party as he had crafted his own little gingerbread house and an apron to match!
I hope that you can find time this Christmas to make some gingerbread memories with your family and friends.
It was certainly worth all of the effort!