Holiday House Cookies

Ingredients

  • 1 pouch (1 lb. 1.5 oz) Betty Crocker gingerbread cookie mix
  • ½ cup butter or margarine, softened
  • 1 tablespoon water
  • 1 egg
  • 1 container (1 lb.) Betty Crocker Rich & Creamy vanilla or creamy white frosting (we used cake mate white writing gel*)
  • Assorted small candies

Directions

  1. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees. In a medium-sized mixing bowl, stir together the cookie mix, butter, water and egg until a soft dough forms. Split the cookie dough in half.
  2. Take half of the dough and place it on a floured surface. Roll the dough out into a 9×6-inch rectangle. Cut the rectangle into 6 (3-inch) squares. Take four** of the squares and place it on an ungreased cookie sheet. Take the last two squares and cut them in half diagonally to produce 4 triangles. Lay one triangle on one side of each square to create a roof, pressing the dough afterwards to create a seal.
  3. Stick the cookie sheet in the oven for 8 to 11 minutes or until the cookies are set. Let the cookies cool for 5 minutes. Now take the cookies off the cookie sheet and place them on a cooling rack to finish cooling completely which should take about 15 minutes. Repeat all of this with the remaining dough.
  4. Decorate the houses with the frosting and candies however you’d like.

*We found that using the writing gel worked a lot better for drawing the lines rather than the recommended frosting.

**The cookies ended up spreading out some so we’d suggest just baking two houses at a time rather than all 4.

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We really liked how the cookies themselves tasted, you could taste the warm spices in the cookies. You can choose how detailed you want to make this. You could just let kids have fun decorating this however they want or you could make it some Martha Stewart level s**t ! While we liked how the cookies looked in the end, man the tinier decorations were giving mommy some trouble. We used M&M’s to recreate Christmas lights around the roof and tiny little candies to create the wreath on the door. If we had a dollar for every time mommy cussed while decorating, we could’ve ate out at a really nice restaurant !

We got this recipe from a Betty Crocker Christmas Cookies issue.

We weren’t paid in any form to mention Betty Crocker, M&M’s or Cake Mate.

Take care everybody !

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