I love gingerbread houses, but since they can be quite time consuming, I was excited to see these cookies from Parents , which evoke the full gingerbread house ideal, while being very easy to make. If you do not have a house cookie cutter, then you can just cut squares for the house, and cut the square diagonally for the roof. Then you can go to town, decorating your cute little house any way you like. The recipe below uses a refrigerated cookie dough for the houses, to make them extra quick, but any dough that you roll out would work great for these. (Aren’t the pretzels perfect as the windows?!)
1 16.5-ounce package refrigerated gingerbread cookie dough or one 18-ounce package refrigerated sugar cookie dough
1/4 cup all-purpose flour
1 tube each purchased white, red, and green decorating icing
Colored decorating sugars, nonpareils, and/or sprinkles
Waffle-shaped pretzels or pretzel sticks
1. Preheat oven to 375 F. In a large bowl place the cookie dough and flour. Stir with a wooden spoon or gently mix with hands until combined. On a lightly floured surface, roll out half of the dough at a time until 1/4-inch. Use a 6-inch house-shaped cookie cutter to cut out shapes or use a small knife to cut out house shapes of your own design. Arrange cutouts 3 inches apart on an ungreased cookie sheet. Leave cutouts plain and decorate after baking. (Or if desired, use a fluted pastry wheel to cut dough scraps into door or window shapes or roof outline and shingles and place them on house cutouts. Or for shingles, use the tip of a spoon to make shingle marks in the roof area of the cutout.)
2. Bake for 8 to 10 minutes or until edges are lightly browned. Cool on cookie sheet for 2 minutes,
transfer to wire racks and let cool.
3. Use tubes of decorating icing to decorate cooled cookies. Sprinkle colored sugars, nonpareils, and/or sprinkles over the icing while still moist. Attach waffle-shaped pretzels with some of the icing for doors and windows.