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7 easy gingerbread decorating tips

Gingerbread Cottages <br /> Photography by Jeff Coulson/TC Media Image by: Gingerbread Cottages <br /> Photography by Jeff Coulson/TC Media Author: Canadian Living

Baking & Desserts

7 easy gingerbread decorating tips

Enjoy a great day of family fun decorating your annual gingerbread project. Here are a few tips to make the project easy -- and the results spectacular!

1. Look for seasonal decorations and supplies at bulk food stores.

2. A few layers of newspaper on the work surface makes cleanup a breeze.

3. For stepping stones, place red-and-white peppermint candies, about 3 inches (8 cm) apart, on parchment paper-lined baking sheet; bake in 325°F (160°C) oven until candy is round and flat. Let cool before using.

4. For Christmas trees, decorate ice-cream sugar cones and stand them upside down.

5. For chimney smoke, pull apart cotton balls and stuff into chimney.

6. For ice rink, pipe desired shape with icing; melt hard candy in saucepan and pour into shape.

7. Explore decorating with a variety of treats, such as candy canes; red-and-white mints; blue hard candies (such as Jolly Ranchers); gumdrops; coarse sugar; yogurt-covered pretzels; small pretzel sticks; cinnamon sticks; candy-coated sunflower seeds; marzipan; toasted sliced natural almonds; flaked coconut; graham crackers and loose-leaf green tea.

Browse through our photo gallery of 10 gingerbread projects for kids of all ages.


This story was originally titled "Decorating Tips" in the December 2012 issue.

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