Awe inspiring cookie tableau recreates the sweet nativity scene. Assemble gingerbread cookies to form a stable and decorate with wheat cereal ?hay?.
Gingerbread boy cookies are transformed into Mary, Joseph and baby.
Prepare and roll out dough. Use largest house cookie cutter to cut manger wall (trim 1 in. from bottom). Using knife, cut a 5 in. x 3 in. base for manger. Cut star using largest Cut-Out. Score manger wall with paring knife before baking. Cut 3 gingerbread boys: Joseph, Mary (trim arms before baking) and baby (trim arms and legs before baking). Bake and cool all cookies.
Place desired amount of coconut in plastic bag, add yellow icing color and knead bag until coconut is completely tinted; let dry on waxed paper.
Use tip 4 to outline and fill in star; sprinkle with yellow sugar. Use tip 12 to outline eave of roof; immediately attach shredded wheat. Attach star to peak of roof with royal icing.
For baby, pipe tip 12 head and tip 47 bands for blanket; outline tip 1 eyes and mouth. For Mary, pipe tip 12 head and tip 47 bands for dress; pipe tip 4 cloak, hood and arms. Pipe tip 2 feet, hands and hair; pipe tip 1 dot eyes and outline mouth. For Joseph, pipe tip 12 head, tip 4 clothing and tip 2 belt. Pipe tip 2 feet, hands and hair; pipe tip 1 dot eyes and outline mouth.
Ice manger. Attach wall to manger base; immediately attach tinted coconut. Attach figures to base with royal icing.