Christmas is approaching, and with it comes the wonderful world of holiday snacks: snowman-shaped cookies for Santa, brownies with Christmas-colored sprinkles, and one of the most festive treats of all: the gingerbread house.
They range from tiny little things that fit in the palm of your hand to gargantuan, edible estates. The exteriors can be simple gingerbread and icing or Cake-Bossed to ornate, chocolaty perfection. Some culinary geniuses even go for extreme, pimped-out interiors – the ultimate ginger crib.
I’ve seen Hershey bar shingles, Life Saver Christmas wreaths, Twizzler skirts for the little gingerbread inhabitants. (I grew up with a lot of baking enthusiasts.) A coconut-dusted roof is also a great depiction of snow – although the last time I enjoyed one of those, I discovered I was allergic and my face swelled up in a most Santa-like fashion. And that’s how Regina George died.
While these houses are fantastic no matter what your spin on them is, there are so many other magnificent things people have made with gingerbread. Trains, treehouses, sleighs, and reindeer are other great experiments. My personal favorite, though, would have to be the gingerbread nativity scene. Delicious and religious, doesn’t get much better than that.
So this Christmas, jazz up the cookies for Santa: leave him a whole gingerbread microcosm instead. Because he’s worth it.