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This Year’s Gingerbread House…..

With all the snow we have been getting, it sure does look like Christmas.  The house is decorated, gifts are bought, now it is time to start baking.

So with our blizzard like weather last week I decided to make this year’s gingerbread house.  I looked around online and decided that I didn’t want to try to make something elaborate I wanted to make something simple.  Something that wouldn’t take two weeks to complete!  I found a template on Martha Stewart’s website and also a recipe for making the house from a chocolate cookie dough.  I thought that would be easier, why not try it?

Well, that didn’t work out so good.  That cookie recipe just didn’t work for me.  I made them and they just cracked when I took them off the cookie sheet. :-(   So gingerbread it was.

It took me a couple days to get it done….thanks to the weather and my running out of eggs!  Nevertheless, it is done and here is 2010′s Christmas Gingerbread House!gingerbread_front

gingerbread_angle

gingerbread_side

I used egg whites instead of meringue powder to make my icing and it has a hint of yellow to it.  Oh well, live and learn!

Next,  it’s time to make  Christmas Cookies and I am going to try my hand at making some candy!?

New Christmas Cookie Recipe

Brandon’s work had a Cookie Recipe Exchange and I decided to make a new recipe I found.  I really like the idea of the Recipe Exchange because I can make some cookies, try one and send the rest out of the house.  Less chance that I eat all of them.

The recipe I made was Banana Foster Bars.  We used to go to a restaurant that had Banana Foster Cake and it was a favorite.  The restaurant closed and we haven’t had it since.  I saw the recipe for these bars and hoped they would be as good as the cake.

Mine turned out to be more brownie like than like a bar cookie because the recipe called for a 9 x 9 inch pan and I used what I have an 8 x 8 inch so mine are thicker.   This was yummy but I still miss that darn cake.  Here is a picture of my piece I kept….

Banana Foster Bar

Banana Foster Bar

This weekend I think I am going to make ” The 3rd Annual Gingerbread House”.  I am not sure what I am going to make but I need to figure it out quick because I want to do it Sunday!