I get these creative juices flowing when the Fall approaches. Luckily for me, my friend Ariane and I joined forces and spent a couple of hours between the sessions of General Conference to decorate some gingerbread. I have to say, it’s all about the candy! My personal favorite to eat: these black gumdrops!
Golden Grahams (cue song: They’re not just good, they’re GOLDEN!) makes for a great shingled roof look. I used licorice and nonpareils for siding, candy corn for stone work and Andes mints for window shutters. I used peppermint patties to create a fence, along with some pumpkins for decor. Ah…it was a good time! There are so many different candies that can be used…..
Rick engineered the Chimney. Strokes of genius!
I used the gingerbread recipe, glue and pattern found HERE. I tried something different this time that made for an incredibly easy way to roll, cut and bake gingerbread. If you have a silpat, use it! Most silpat mats are transparent! I printed the pattern on paper, place it under my silpat mat, and then took a small handful of gingerbread dough and rolled it out on the mat, just over the pattern lines. I used a dull knife to cut out the gingerbread, following the lines underneath the mat. Then I moved the silpat directly to the cookie sheet. This way, the gingerbread kept it’s perfect shape for baking. When I was figuring this out, I was like, “DUH!” It made it so easy. One recipe of icing was enough to heavily decorate 2 houses. Maybe I need to do a gingerbread themed turkey house next year….with a large cornucopia of goodies pouring out all over the lawn!