Mini-gingerbread houses are adorable and just the right size for everyone to have their own little gingerbread house to build, decorate and eat. You'll need to get a special cookie cutter, but once you've got it, this treat could become a family tradition everyone can enjoy. The decorating process is a great project for kids or as a fun dessert activity for a party. This recipe is delicious using any shape cookie.
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Cookie Cutter Substitutes
Ideally, this recipe makes mini-gingerbread houses, and they are always a big, big hit. But if you don't have the special cookie cutter, this recipe is still a delicious way to shape and share gingerbread cookies. Use whatever cookie cutter you have on hand. Gingerbread men are always a big hit, but any shape works beautifully. Enjoy sharing this delicious recipe with your family and friends.
Try to only re-roll the dough about three times at most, otherwise it gets stiff and hard to handle.
Tips for Mini-Gingerbread Houses
In my experience of making these mini-houses for many years, we get the best results when the gingerbread houses are made in stages. I recommend making the dough, rolling and baking it one day. Then, the next day, assembling and decorating the houses. This allows plenty of time for each step and if you use this process as a treat to share during a party, it also allows for ample time to create a few examples to share as inspiration for your guests. Make no mistake, this is a fun process and the end result is an adorable and delicious treat or party favor that everyone loves.
We LOVE gingerbread houses in our family. A special thank you to Auntie Maureen who always sends the kids the most beautiful and elaborate gingerbread house every Christmas. This gingerbread recipe is also found on the back of the packaging for the mini-gingerbread cookie cutter. My daughter Madeline has been making these for years!
Here are other recipes that are great to serve and enjoy during the holidays. As an appetizer, Cranberry Brie Bites are the perfect blend of cranberry, sweet and savory. I also enjoy sharing Perfect Pie Crust for all our favorite pie recipes.