Gingerbread Birdhouse Ornaments

Gingerbread Birdhouse Ornaments

Darling, fragrant little ornaments you can hang from your tree or give as holiday gifts, assuming you can resist eating them first!

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Gingerbread and Decorations
cup packed brown sugar
cup shortening
1 1/2
cups full-flavor molasses
cup water
cups Gold Medal® all-purpose flour
teaspoons baking soda
teaspoons ground ginger
teaspoon salt
teaspoon ground allspice
teaspoon ground cloves
teaspoon ground cinnamon
Drinking straw
pretzel sticks, cut into 1-inch lengths
Powdered sugar
Betty Crocker® green decorating icing
Betty Crocker® Holiday Décor holly berry sprinkles
Gold string
Easy Creamy Frosting
cups powdered sugar
teaspoon vanilla
to 5 tablespoons half-and-half
Food color, if desired
  1. In large bowl, mix brown sugar, shortening, molasses and cold water until well blended. Stir in flour, baking soda, ginger, salt, allspice, cloves and cinnamon. Cover and refrigerate at least 2 hours.
  2. Heat oven to 350°F. Lightly grease cookie sheet. On lightly floured surface, roll dough 1/2 inch thick. Using knife or 2 1/2-inch cookie cutters, cut dough into squares or circles for bases of birdhouses, and into hearts for roofs.
  3. Place heart shape upside down on top of square or circle, just overlapping. Using end of drinking straw, make hole in center of birdhouse base for door and at top of roof for hanging. Place about 1 1/2 inches apart on cookie sheet.
  4. Bake about 15 minutes or until no indentation remains when touched. While warm, insert pretzel stick just below door hole for perch. Remove from cookie sheet. Cool completely.
  5. In medium bowl, mix 4 cups powdered sugar, the vanilla and enough half-and-half for desired spreading consistency. Tint with food color as desired. Frost tops of cookies (roofs) with frosting; sprinkle with powdered sugar. Decorate with decorating icing and sprinkles. Thread pieces of gold string through holes in tops of birdhouses; tie in knots to make hangers.
Makes 60 servings
Make the Most of This Recipe With Tips From The Betty Crocker® Kitchens
Special Touch
This tree is for the birds! For a fun decorating theme, hang Gingerbread Birdhouse Ornaments on your tree and add tiny silk birds available at most arts and crafts stores. Weave in some colorful ribbon, and you’ll have the most unique tree around.
Storage Tip
To enjoy these festive ornaments as treats for several days, keep them tightly covered. Ornaments are made from natural ingredients so those used for decorating should be kept for one holiday season only. They're so simple to make, you'll enjoy making more of them next year.

Nutrition Information:

1 Serving (1 Serving)
  • Calories 130
    • (Calories from Fat 15),
  • Total Fat 1 1/2g
    • (Saturated Fat 0g,
    • Trans Fat 0g),
  • Cholesterol 0mg;
  • Sodium 85mg;
  • Total Carbohydrate 28g
    • (Dietary Fiber 0g,
    • Sugars 16g),
  • Protein 1g;
Percent Daily Value*:
    • 1 Starch;
    • 0 Fruit;
    • 1 Other Carbohydrate;
    • 0 Skim Milk;
    • 0 Low-Fat Milk;
    • 0 Milk;
    • 0 Vegetable;
    • 0 Very Lean Meat;
    • 0 Lean Meat;
    • 0 High-Fat Meat;
    • 0 Fat;
    Carbohydrate Choices:
    • 2;
    *Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.