This year we made these adorable Classic Cut-Out Gingerbread Cookies and they turned out to be so cute I knew I just had to share. We’ve even included a downloadable so you can make your own little gingerbread house place settings!
Decorating gingerbread cookies is such a timeless tradition. Whether as a kid or an adult it’s the perfect activity for a cold winter day. This year we got creative with how many ways we can use gingerbread cookies – oh what FUN!
We first made a batch of these cookies when we set the table for our Christmas Dinner. We made these adorable little house for each place setting to make it extra special. Our guests not only got something cute to look at, they could eat their little cookie for dessert or take it home and put it on their tree. They took a little time to decorate but it made for a fun afternoon activity.
To Make These Gingerbread Place Settings:
- Download the template we used here
- Print off your house template and cut out the shapes.
- Roll out your gingerbread dough until about 1/2 cm thick. Place a house cutout on top of dough and use a small knife to cut out the shape of the house.
- Transfer to a large baking sheet and bake according to recipe instructions.
We simply piped royal icing on the cookies to create windows and doors using a thin icing tip. To create the look of snow at the bottom of the houses we simply took a new clean paint brush and brushed on a light coat of icing, then immediately sprinkled on the sparkly sugar (you can buy this at Bulk Barn or Michaels among other places, it comes in a little shaker jar) – shake off any excess and let it dry.
We also made some adorable little gingerbread men to use as ornaments for the tree. Now if you follow me on instagram you’ll see this kinnndaaaaa backfired. Charles and I were sitting having a glass of wine the other night when he noticed all the gingerbread men on the lower half of the tree were missing their limbs. Little Max had gone around and eaten ALL of the arms and legs of the gingerbread men. Haha and here I thought they were being so good.
Someone had the cutest idea a few days ago where they made gingerbread men for their tree 7 days before Christmas and each day they let their kids eat a cookie off the tree! So much fun I might have to try it this year so I’m not just torturing the kids with cookies they can’t eat.
Classic Cut-Out Gingerbread Recipe
When it comes to recipes, my mom has the most delicious one I’ve tried (find it below). It requires a couple steps so if you’re looking for something super simple we really like Anna Olsens’s Gingerbread Cut-Out Cookies. She linked a great recipe for royal icing in this post as well that you can use to decorate the cookies.
Classic Gingerbread Cut-Out Cookies
Perfect for making gingerbread houses, decorations, or gingerbread men, this recipe has been around in my family for years!
- 1 cup molasses
- 1 cup brown sugar
- 1 cup butter or vegan butter
- 1/4 cup water
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 1 egg
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 4 1/2 cups flour
- 1 teaspoon ground ginger
- 1 1/2 teaspoons allspice
Mix together flour and spices. In a seperate bowl combine water, molasses, sugar, butter, and baking soda in a saucepan. Bring to a low boil and stir constantly for 5 minutes.
Cool until room temperature. Add salt and egg to the molasses mixture and gradually stir in flour until thoroughly combined. Refrigerate 2 hours or overnight.
When ready to make your cookies, preheat your oven to 375 F.
On a lightly floured surface roll out gingerbread cookie dough 1/2 cm thick. Use cookie cutters to cut out your desired shape* and place onto a cookie sheet. If you want to make these into ornaments simply poke a hole at the top of the ornament using a straw. Bake for 8-10 minutes or until golden brown and transfer on to a cooling rack to cool completely before decorating (if desired). You can thread through a ribbon and loop it through to make it into an orament or to tie it around a napkin for the table setting.
*if making your cookies into tree ornaments, use a straw or other small circular item to create a hole to tie your ribbon through