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Gingerbread Creation Showdown:  Gum Paste Sculpting and Color Mixing

So as it turns out, I am not the Cake Boss! 😉  They’re having a gingerbread house competition at my son’s school and since I have gotten better at sculpting miniatures I had Cake Boss dreams of sweeping the floor with my competition after winning the pumpkin decorating contest in October! 😂😂  So I decided that I would make a Grinch Who Stole Christmas entry and sculp him with gum paste (modeling chocolate).

Since I like to try new things, but am always trying to lower my cost I tried to substitute powdered food coloring with Jell-O – BAD IDEA!  Definitely just use gel food coloring.  I am lucky I had some on hand.  The Jell-O concoction is grainy and pale.  I’m not sure what the trick to this stuff is, but my four and a half years old was impressed and since the judges are his peers my fingers are crossed that I have a shot at winning.

Did the decorating of the house with my son and made Max the dog to sit on the roof.  We used a premade gingerbread kit since these are not my forte and it’s not a rule violator.   The icing bag broke and made a huge mess.  I guess I will have to make my own later on, oh well.  Happy crafting and Merry Grinchmas! 😉

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Whoville Cookies 

As you can tell, I am inspired by the Grinch Who Stole Christmas this year and plan to give out these cookies in addition to my Grinch Cookies that I made last time.

To avoid food coloring dyed hands I used latex gloves when mixing the food coloring for deep color you need to add TONS of food coloring. You can easily see that mine look more pink than red.  Also, this did not yield 4 dozen. I barely ended up with 3.  They also took about 4 extra minutes to bake, maybe I cut them too wide.

After my second batch I discovered that if you chill the dough for an hour they stay round when cut.

Whoville Cookies 

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Grinch Cookies for DIY Grinch Cookie Tins 

Today my 3.5 year old son and I are making delicious Grinch cookies for Christmas gifts this year.  They’re pretty easy and yummy too.  I have got love Pinterest for the idea of my tin. 

Many people wondered how many it can yield, I used a tablespoon size and it produces 50 cookies when doubled. Make sure you coat your hands in the cornstarch/powdered sugar mixture before handling dough to avoid it sticking when you roll them into balls.

 Check out my Christmas Crafts for instance on upcyclying tin cans for Grinch cookie tins.  Merry Grinchas everyone!  Click the link and get baking!

Grinch Cookie Recipe