We love making and decorating gingerbread using a yummy icing recipe that is quite a family favourite. It’s such a simple and fun cooking activity for kids to do over Christmas and it really fills the house with a delicious smell that makes you know the special day is not too far away. So if you’re keen to give this a go, use my gingerbread recipe and start decorating it using a yummy icing recipe that I’ve shared below.
If you’ve been following along, today I had set the task of making gingerbread on my Christmas activity calendar. I know many of you have printed out your free copy and have been ticking them off throughout December. It has been so fun, right?
Making and decorating gingerbread is becoming quite the family tradition in our house. It isn’t easy to buy a store bought gingerbread house because of Possum’s severe egg allergy, so we use a super simple gingerbread recipe, such as this one I’ve share with you previously. We also like to try decorating gingerbread using a yummy icing recipe, which you will find below.
Recommended age: 2 years +
(Assistance and supervision is strictly required on this activity)
This is such a simple and delicious gingerbread recipe. The ingredients are easy to throw into a bowl and have your child mix it all together with a wooden spoon. Once the dough has been kneaded, rolled out and cut into shapes, they can be cooked in the over. Soon enough you’ll have beautiful golden gingerbread and a home that smells absolutely amazing.
We love making gingerbread stars, however, you can cut your gingerbread into whatever shapes you like. A cookie cutter will help and make the job easier.
To keep with the Christmas theme, Possum (aged almost 4) and I used red and green icing.
- 250g soft butter
- 450g soft icing sugar
- 1/4 cup milk
- drop of food colouring
- Mix butter and icing sugar together
- Add milk
- Half mixture into two bowls
- Add 3 or 4 drops of food colouring to each bowl
- Mix well
- Spread over cool gingerbread biscuits
Using the back of the spoon, Possum and I had a wonderful time spreading the yummy icing over the cooled gingerbread biscuits. What a wonderful way to have your child get creative and involved in the process of cooking!
Once we had given the icing a chance to set firm, Possum and I both chose a decorated gingerbread biscuit and enjoyed eating it by our Christmas tree. Of course these would make wonderful gift ideas to give friends and neighbours or simply prepare prior and enjoy on Christmas Day. Merry Christmas everyone.