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Gingerbread House Cookies 2017

A few years ago my Postage Stamp Gingerbread House cookies were a hit.

The idea came from this US Postage Stamp.

Using the same templates that I made from the postage stamp above, I created this years Gingerbread House Cookies in the video.  And of course I used my Best Gingerbread Cookie Recipe

White Chocolate Sugar Cookies (Vegan and Non-Vegan)

White Chocolate Sugar Cookies

You may have been wondering why so many of my decorated cookies are made using gingerbread rather than rolled sugar cookie dough.  That’s because I’m not a super big fan of rolled sugar cookies.  However, this recipe uses white chocolate which makes a world of difference.  The downside is that the cost of adding good quality white chocolate is a little more costly.  But in the end, it’s worth the extra expense.

In the video, I made this vegan but the ingredient list below, has both vegan and non-vegan.

For the cookies:

2 1/4 cup whole wheat pastry flour (all-purpose flour may also be used)
1 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp salt
1/2 cup Earth Balance Vegan Buttery Sticks, softened (For non-vegan: unsalted butter)
1/3 cup organic sugar
3 teaspoons Energ-G Egg Replacer whisked with 2 tablespoons warm water (For non-vegan: 1 egg)
1 tsp vanilla extract
6 oz white chocolate.  For best results, use the highest quality you can find and afford.

Vegan Royal Icing Recipe

4 1/2 tsp Ener-G Egg Replacer
6 Tablespoons warm water
1 teaspoon extract (vanilla, almond, lemon, etc.  I use a combination of 1/2 tsp vanilla and 1/2 tsp almond)
4 cups confectioner’s sugar, sifted

Whisk together the Ener-G and warm water.  In a mixing bowl, combine Ener-G, confectioner’s sugar and extracts and beat well with the paddle attachment on medium high until smooth.

This icing may be colored using vegan gel paste colors.

Vegan But Sinful “Eggnog”

Eggnog without the eggs.  It’s delicious and sweetened only with maple syrup.  No processed sugars or unhealthy ingredients but still sinful.

To make this recipe you will need:

2 cups of vanilla flavored almond, soy, or cashew milk. (If you don’t have vanilla flavored on hand, you can add 1/4 teaspoon of vanilla extract to the milk)
1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4 to 1/3 cup Brandy (optional)
2 1/2 tablespoons maple syrup

Makes 4 servings

Trader Joe’s Holiday Haul

My favorite part of the Christmas season are the cookies, candy and desserts.  That’s an unusual thing to say coming from me, the fitness freak.  But as I always say, consumed in moderation and combined with healthy meals and physical activity, I can still enjoy them.

This afternoon I went to Trader Joe’s to stock up on my favorite holiday treats.  And they’re everyone else’s favorites too because they were selling quickly.

One Dimensional Gingerbread Houses




Who says time and patience are needed to make large fancy gingerbread houses. These one dimensional gingerbread houses are approximately 5.5 inches in height and 5 inches wide at its largest point.  Decorated entirely with royal icing and Skittles.  They are now available at my Etsy store.


Elf on the Shelf Gingerbread Cookies




Now available at my Etsy store Elf on the Shelf Gingerbread Cookie Ornaments

Toy Soldier Gingerbread Cookies and Elf Gingerbread Cottage


The holidays are coming up and I wanted to get an early start.  These gingerbread cookies are now available at Toy Soldier Gingerbread Cookie Ornaments.

Also available are my Elf Gingerbread Cottages

Just a reminder, any orders placed before November 23rd will be shipped by December 1st.



Elf Gingerbread House