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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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  • Prep Time 25 min
  • Total Time 3 hr 10 min
  • Servings 60

Ingredients

Gingerbread and Decorations

1
cup packed brown sugar
1/3
cup shortening
1 1/2
cups full-flavor molasses
2/3
cup water
6
cups Gold Medal™ all-purpose flour
2
teaspoons baking soda
2
teaspoons ground ginger
1
teaspoon salt
1
teaspoon ground allspice
1
teaspoon ground cloves
1
teaspoon ground cinnamon
Drinking straw
8
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

4
cups powdered sugar
1
teaspoon vanilla
4
to 5 tablespoons half-and-half
Food color, if desired

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LOCATION

Directions

  • 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.

EXPERT TIPS

Expert Tips

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.

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.

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Nutrition Information

NUTRITION INFORMATION PER SERVING

Serving Size: 1 Serving
Calories
130
(
Calories from Fat
15),
% Daily Value
Total Fat
1 1/2g
1 1/2%
(Saturated Fat
0g,
0%
Trans Fat
0g
0%
),
Cholesterol
0mg
0%;
Sodium
85mg
85%;
Total Carbohydrate
28g
28%
(Dietary Fiber
0g
0%
  Sugars
16g
16%
),
Protein
1g
1%
;
% Daily Value*:
Vitamin A
0%;
Vitamin C
0%;
Calcium
2%;
Iron
6%;
Exchanges:
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.

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