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Decked Out Christmas Gingerbread Village

You can bake and decorate a holiday village like this using Wilton shaped cookie cutters. Ours is even populated with bite-sized gingerbread men!

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Difficulty: Medium



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Instructions:

Step 1

In advance, prepare and roll out cookie dough.

Step 2

Cut 3 Comfort Grip Trees, 3 Grippy Trees, 3 Mini Trees, 3 Mini Gingerbread Boys, 2 Comfort Grip Candy Canes (reverse one before cutting), 4 medium fondant star cut-outs. Bake and cool.

Step 3

Cover cookies, except stars and candy canes with color flow. Use tip 3 and full-strength color flow to outline cookies and tip 3 and thinned down icing to fill in cookies; let dry on waxed paper covered boards.

Step 4

For houses, use full-strength color flow and tip 2 to outline windows and doors. Use tip 6 and full-strength color flow to pipe snow on roof and cover with white sparkling sugars. Use full-strength color flow and tip 2 to fill in windows, doors and window on door. Use tip 2 and full-strength color flow to pipe icicles on window sills and along bottom of house.

Step 5

For candy canes, use tip 2 and full-strength color flow to outline red and white sections; let dry. Use tip 2 and thinned down color flow to fill in red and white stripes on candy canes and immediately sprinkle with red sugars. Let dry on waxed paper covered boards.

Step 6

For trees, make swags with full-strength color flow icing beginning at the bottom. On comfort grip trees use tip 6, on grippy trees use tip 4 and on mini trees use tip 2. Sprinkle all immediately with sparkling white sugars.

Step 7

For stars, ice stars smooth with full-strength color flow; sprinkle with yellow sugars. Attach 11 3/4 in. lollipop sticks to backs with full-strength color flow icing. When dry, tie 24 in. curling ribbon on each stick and curl.

Step 8

For gingerbread boy, use tip 2 and full-strength color flow icing to pipe dot eyes and buttons and outline mouth. Attach 4 in. lollipop sticks to backs of cookies with full-strength color flow icing. Let dry.

Step 9

Insert all pieces into craft block sprinkles with white sparkling sugar.