If gingerbread men and cookies are getting to be a stale holiday treat, this guide will put a clever twist on the tradition with a personal gingerbread home for your mug.
Step 1: Prepare the gingerbread dough Prepare the gingerbread dough and roll it into a 1/8-inch-thick sheet.
Step 2: Cut out the template Use the pencil and ruler to draw templates on the card stock. Draw and cut out two side walls measuring 1 1/4-inches-by-1 1/2-inches, and two roof sections at 2 1/4-inches-by-1 1/2-inches.
Step 3: Cut out pitched roof walls Cut out two 2 1/4-inch-wide end pieces and trim them to pitch upwards for the roof. Then cut a center door from the pitched roof sections, measuring at least 3/8 of an inch wide, to fit over the rim of the mug.
Step 4: Cut out sections Cut each template section from your gingerbread sheet to make one house. Use a small sewing pattern roller or pizza cutter to cut around the template pieces. Then chill the dough before baking it on a baking sheet.
TIP: Use a flathead screwdriver to make smaller cuts.
Step 5: Prepare the icing Sift the confectioner's sugar in a small bowl and stir in the milk to make royal icing glue to hold your house together.
Step 6: Assemble the base Spread the icing over the edges of the wall and roof sections. Then squeeze the pieces together, holding them until the icing begins to set.
Step 7: Finish and decorate Spread icing onto the pitched sections and construct the roof. Then decorate the house with more icing, tiny candies, and sprinkles. Pour cocoa, coffee, or tea into your mug and rest the house on the cup's rim for a festive holiday treat.
FACT: Ginger has been used to treat an upset stomach and nausea in Asia for nearly 2,000 years.