I have nostalgic memories of making Gingerbread Houses with my family as a kid. Fast forward to being an adult and making store bought Gingerbread Houses with my friend made me realize just how hard it is to get a Gingerbread House to stay put together! I realized my Dad probably did all the “hard” parts of getting the house to stick together and let my sister and I do the fun part of decorating and eating the candy.
I don’t think I’ve made a Gingerbread House since my son has been born, but I’ve been feeling down about my first Pandemic Christmas. I’m praying next Christmas will be back to normal and I’ll be able to have a big holiday meal with my family like we usually do. To distract myself from the Christmas Blues I made Gingerbread Cookies with Cream Cheese Frosting and they were so good so I’m sharing the recipes here.
For the Gingerbread, I followed Jenny’s Recipe here. I cut out the shapes for the cookies and flash freezed them until I was ready to bake them.
For the Cream Cheese frosting, I followed the Taste of Home recipe here. I put the frosting into piping bags to try to make decorating easier, but I didn’t have any fancy tips to use with the bags or fun sprinkles that were holiday appropriate. Not to worry though because the taste is delicious! I’m all about taste over appearances. Everyone loved them! 🙂
These really were simple to make. I made the dough one day, baked and frosted them the next. It was a fun activity to do with my 2.5 year old son. You really could make them all in one day but we had two days in a row of Keaton not napping because he’s teething so we could only accomplish so much each day. Maybe we will attempt a Gingerbread House when he’s older!
What are some of your favorite gingerbread cookie recipes?