Hello sweet friends… Greeting you from the land of mini Valentine gingerbread houses.
Perched snugly on the edge of a my favorite mugs, so simply decorated but inexplicably endearing in person (hopefully somewhat conveyed in these photos), these mini gingerbread houses are easily some of my favorite crowd-pleaser sweets yet. Gingerbread houses in themselves seem to hold some sort of enchantment with children and adults alike, and these mini ones definitely pick up on that charm, and, best of all, are so simple to make and decorate.
Thanks to The Gingerbread Cutter Company, it’s as simple as using these heart hugger gingerbread cutters to cut out the cookie shapes and assemble like you would any gingerbread house. The only difference is that you aren’t building the house on a base (although you could choose to if you don’t want to perch them on the rim of a mug), so you begin by attaching the tiny walls to the front piece, then add the back piece, let that set for about 15 minutes and adhere the roof pieces.
You can use any cut-out cookie dough but I used my favorite gingerbread cookie recipe along with super strong royal icing, specifically tailored to use for gingerbread houses. You can find a video on making gingerbread royal icing here, and a how to video on assembling gingerbread houses here.
Instagram photo of my cutters from The Gingerbread Cutter Company above.
I can’t wait to make some more mini gingerbread houses – You should see all the different mini house cookie cutter designs The Gingerbread Cutter Company has! I’m imagining a miniature sweet town of sorts… Hmmm, a town I’d call Sweetopia I think. (You already knew I was a cookie nerd right? If not, now you do).
Because of their small size (2.5 inch), I went the uncomplicated route and kept the houses fairly plain, choosing to flood a few surfaces with royal icing and dusting one of the roofs with sanding sugar.
Making the cookie pieces as thick as I did (about 5mm or 1/4 of an inch), gives the houses more of a whimsical look. I might try making my next houses 1/8 of an inch thick to see how that look turns out.
The colourful cups and saucers are made by Pip Studio. Aren’t they gorgeous? Making cookies inspired by the beautiful bird and surrounding designs is definitely on my to-do list.
Having missed making my annual holiday season gingerbread house this year, I was eager to have an
excuse opportunity to make gingerbread houses, and although these are perfect for upcoming Valentine’s day, they really would suit any occasion – a super cute mini cookie house sitting snugly on any cup is bound to put on a smile on anyone’s face.