I’m jumping the gun a little this holiday season. I just couldn’t help myself when I saw all the Betty Crocker Holiday Cookie Mixes at Walmart. I am so excited to make Christmas cookies and candies and get to spend hours in the kitchen, baking with Sydnee. You should have seen her the other day, working on her food photography skills with my phone. I think I need a few lessons from her.
I love making cookies from scratch, but sometimes I want to spend more time decorating with my daughter than I do actually making the cookie dough. That’s why I HAD to pick up some Betty Crocker Holiday Cookie Mixes. There are so many varieties to choose from, including Sugar Cookie, Snickerdoodle, Gingerbread, Double Chocolate Chunk, Molasses, and Walnut Chocolate Chip. All are perfect for the approaching holidays. And you can easily find them online or at Walmart, on a display near the baking aisle. You can’t miss them!
I picked up the Gingerbread Cookie Mix, because, what’s more festive than gingerbread houses? But I wanted to add my own little twist. And I do mean little. These cute mini gingerbread houses stand about two inches tall and are the perfect compliment to a cup of warm cocoa or coffee. Plus, we had a blast decorating them!
I can’t wait to continue our holiday tradition of decorating cookies with these mixes. They make the process shorter and still deliver a delicious, home-baked taste cookie. You can count on my pantry being stocked up with these this holiday season.
What You’ll Need
One of the best parts about this recipe is the short ingredient list. You don’t need a ton of spices, extracts or fancy flours. To make the cookies shapes for the mini gingerbread houses you will need one 1lb. 1.5oz. bag Betty Crocker Gingerbread Cookie Mix, a stick of softened butter, a tablespoon of water, and an egg. To assemble and decorate your houses, use a 16oz. tub of white frosting, some sprinkles, food coloring, and candy pieces, if you feel so inclined.
OH! You’re also going to need this nifty template I created. DOWNLOAD PDF HERE! Just print it out, laminate it– or if you’re cheap like me, use some packaging tape as makeshift laminate, cut out the shapes and trace around them on your rolled out dough with a mini pizza cutter or a paring knife.
Mixing together the cookie dough takes under 5 minutes and doesn’t require a handheld or stand mixer. A fork or your hands will do the trick. The longest part of this recipe is cutting out the shapes and refrigerating the dough. But during those waiting times, I cleaned up my bowls, fed my newborn, and made my oldest some lunch, so it’s not all wasted time.
Assembling Your Mini Gingerbread Houses
It’s not hard; I promise. You know how some things are just hard to describe in writing? This is one of them, so I’m going to do the best I can. Bear with me here, and look at the pictures for reference.
1). Lay one front piece flat and use your piping bag to add two lines of frosting along the edges where the side pieces will attach.
2). Attach the side pieces to the front piece. Try to line up the bottom of the pieces, where the base of the house would be so that you are house sits flat.
3). Add a line of frosting on the edge of each side piece. This is where you will attach the back of the house. Now, carefully attatch the back of the house, lining up the bottom edges.
4). Flip the house over onto its base and line the A-frame of the house with frosting. This is where you are about to put your two roof pieces. Put the roof pieces on so that they nearly touch at the top of the A-frame. Take your piping bag and add one more line of frosting down the center, to secure your roof.
5). Finally, place your assembled mini gingerbread houses on a baking sheet in the refrigerator so that the frosting hardens up and glues everything together properly.
See, that wasn’t that bad! Especially if you were licking frosting off your fingers as you put the pieces together. It’s like being a kid all over again, playing with Legos and building blocks.
As for the decorating, do your thing, girl! My daughter dumped copious amounts of blue and pink sprinkles over hers white I attempted a more classy, white look. It’s whatever you choose. You can get elaborate with teeny-tiny piping tips, or use a butter knife and slather the frosting all over.
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Are you a holiday enthusiast like me? Can you hardly wait to put up your Christmas tree until after Thanksgiving? If so, be sure to check out this Dollar Store Ornament Wreath post. Believe it or not, this thing is still intact and ready to be hung this year.
Be sure to go to Walmart and stock up on Betty Crocker Cookie Mixes for the holidays