How about creating something a little different for all your friends and family who drop over during the holidays? These darling mini gingerbread houses are designed to sit comfortably on the brim of a mug. Such a yummy treat and very impressive as well. This will certainly bring a smile to your family and friends as you serve them coffee, hot chocolate, or my favorite Chi tea. These adorable mini gingerbread houses were created by Andrew Salomone. You can find many fun things to create by visiting Make Magazine.
- 4 cups flour
- 1 2/3 cup honey
- 1 cup sugar
- 1 cup margarine or butter
- 1 egg
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 1 package gingerbread spices
Mix flour with dry ingredients. In a pan heat honey, sugar, and gingerbread spice until the mixture will be come a liquid. Set to the side until it cools slightly. Pour warm honey into the flour, then add butter (in cubes) and your egg. Mix thoroughly with a spoon and then knead with your hands. Knead until you created a smooth dough. Shape into a ball and wrap in plastic wrap. Put the dough into the refrigerator for 5 to 10 minutes.
When the dough has cooled remove from the refrigerator, divide in half, and re-wrap one part. Take your other part and roll with a little bit of flour until it is 1/4 inch thick and cut out all needed shapes of the template provided below. Do the same with the second part of your dough.
Preheat your oven to 176 F or 80 C. Place the gingerbread houses on a flat baking pan lined with baking paper or a silicone mat keeping the distance between each.
Bake the gingerbread houses 4 – 5 minutes. They should be slightly gold. The darker the color, the harder your cookies will be.
Building The Houses
Glue together the house pieces with icing. Set to the side for a few hours to dry, then decorate with frosting and your choice of sprinkles, candy, etc.
Keep in a tightly closed container to keep soft until ready to serve.
Click here for a template.
I hope you enjoy making these little treasures!