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Mini Gingerbread Houses for Your Mugs

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  • Prep 60 min
  • Total 1 hr 15 min
  • Servings 8
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Serve your hot cocoa this holiday season topped with cute little gingerbread houses perched on the rim of your mugs. These come together in a snap when you use Betty Crocker™ Gingerbread Cookie Mix, Cookie Icing, and a 3-D gingerbread house cookie cutter.
Updated Mar 7, 2017
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  • 1 pouch (17.5 oz) Betty Crocker™ Limited Edition Gingerbread Cookie Mix
  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) butter, softened
  • 1 tablespoon water
  • 1 large egg
  • 2 tubes Betty Crocker™ white decorating cookie icing
  • 1 candy decorations: snowflake and red heart sprinkles


  • 1
    Mix together the gingerbread cookie mix, butter, water and egg.
  • 2
    Roll dough out on parchment paper lined baking sheet. Cut out eight large rectangle cookies, using a 3D gingerbread cookie cutter as a guide. Remove the excess dough and re-roll as needed.
  • 3
    Bake at 350°F for 14-16 minutes.
  • 4
    Remove from oven and immediately flip the cookies over.
  • 5
    Press the 3D gingerbread house cutter into the hot cookies, cutting out the parts for eight houses.
  • 6
    Break apart the gingerbread house cookie pieces. Cut out and remove the doors. Use kitchen shears or a knife to trim the jagged edges on your cookies.
  • 7
    Allow cookies to cool for 10-15 minutes before assembling the houses.
  • 8
    Use the white cookie icing to attach the cookie pieces together. Allow the icing to dry completely.
  • 9
    Decorate houses using cookie icing and sprinkles.
  • 10
    Set houses over the rims of hot cocoa mugs and serve.

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More About This Recipe

  • Making gingerbread houses is a tradition for many families, but constructing and decorating them can be a lot of work. And most often the cookie houses aren't even eaten. This year, instead of making one big house that would sit on my table and be admired, I decided to make small gingerbread houses to give to my family. And these cookies will actually be eaten and enjoyed! I plan on serving them perched on the edge of big mugs filled with hot cocoa for our Christmas gathering!
  • I got my inspiration from the tiny gingerbread houses made by Megan of NotMartha. Her houses are made from scratch, hand cut, and assembled with homemade royal icing. To simplify the process I used Betty™ Crocker Gingerbread Cookie mix and cut them using a 3-D gingerbread house cookie cutter, then decorated them with Betty™ Crocker Cookie Icing. I baked, assembled, and decorated my tiny village of gingerbread houses in just over an hour. Since the cookies will spread as they bake, it's best to cut the actual houses out of the baked cookies, not the dough.
  • When you're pressing the 3-D gingerbread house cutter into the freshly baked cookies, by cutting the cookies from the backside, the cookies won't crack. I cut my first cookie from the front and smashed the edges of the cookie. When I flipped them over before cutting, the cuts were perfect! Moving quickly, while the cookies are still hot, break off the house shaped pieces. Since one of the house pieces doesn't have a doorway, you need to cut one. Just press the cutter with the doorway over the cookie. Remove the doorway from each cookie. Be careful while piping the white cookie icing in a thin layer over the roof of the houses. The icing will drip down the roof, so be sure you don't add too much. You can store your gingerbread houses in a zip top bag or airtight container for up to two weeks. But they might not last that long!
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