Gingerbread in Spring? Does that sound strange to you? Oh, wait, it’s not even Spring yet. For sure not around here, we are officially still in winter for awhile yet. But it seems like February is when I usually do end up making gingerbread houses, for one reason or another. This year I didn’t make one at Christmas time (happens more often than not). So sometimes I think I need one for my birthday. (oops, I just realized we’re in March, duh!!!) This year I made and ate some Spring-like gingerbread in honor of my sister and nieces’ birthdays!!! (and had a lot of fun doing it!) But this house really looks like it would be cute for Easter (so that’s what I wrote the on the picture!) Here’s what I did:
Made gingerbread dough. Rolled out and cut out pattern. For this house I quickly printed off a great free pattern to use by Tikkido. Great for those times you don’t feel like coming up with a gingerbread house pattern of your own. And it turns out really cute!The kids did some gingerbread cutting and building of their own…For a tiled roof, I pressed a pattern into the roof pieces before baking, and used a clean drinking straw to poke some holes in the roof.Two color Royal icing decorating before assembling….Assembled and then added fondant flowers, leaves and strawberries and a little girl out front in her garden.The roof idea was something new I saw on Pinterest, so my little house was inspired in part by the beautiful house I saw here.Just a tiny bit trickier than a regular roof, but I love how it turned out!And now this little house is gone! Tasted just as yummy as it looked!! Maybe I should make another one for Easter….Easter is a great time for gingerbread!!! (I think that could be a European thing?! anyone??)
Here’s an Easter cookie that I have never seen before, but I’m liking a lot…the Crown of Thorns. The kids and I worked on them today. I found the idea on Pinterest and the “recipe” here: http://www.freefuneaster.com/easter-recipes/crown-of-thorns-snack/. This recipe used pretzels and peanut butter on cookies, but I don’t like pretzels, so decided to make my own version. (this is probably a bit easier for small kids than my version)
It’s a cool cookie, with few ingredients: cookies, chow mein noodles, peanut butter chips and chocolate chips.
Instead of buying ready made cookies, I used a package of sugar cookie mix and made up these large cookies.
Then I divided some chow mein noodles into baggies, so that each kid could have one to break the noodles into smaller pieces . These are the fried noodles that are like chips, not the hard raw ones!I melted the peanut butter chips (instead of butterscotch) and a few chocolate chips together in the microwave.Then I added a big spoonful to each kids’ bag of noodles. Very carefully, because it’s hot, they mixed it around to coat the noodles. This was probably not the easiest way to do it, but it was very hands-on…Then, using spoons or fingers, the kids scraped out the noodles onto the cookies and mounded them around the edges of the cookies.It was a fun project, the Crown of Thorns cookies….and a good time to talk to the kids about the real Crown of Thorns, and Who wore it and the real meaning of Easter.When the kids were done, I melted some more peanut butter chips (w/o the chocolate ones) and coated some whole noodles to make these little spring bird’s nest cookies with malted eggs in them.