Oh, what fun! These unique ideas let you transform our best gingerbread cookie recipe into a snowy winter scene worthy of a party or a holiday gift.

A classic gingerbread house is a sweet way to warm your winter home decor. An entire woodland wonderland, however, takes the edible art concept to new creative heights.

Start with our Classic Gingerbread Cutouts recipe for the tan cookie pieces, then turn to our Christmas Sugar Cookie Cutouts recipe for the red and green characters. Decorate with Royal Icing, assemble as one (or all) of the displays below and everyone will be asking, "Where did you buy such a cute gingerbread cookie scene?"

Tip: Follow these three steps to tint the sugar cookie dough for red cardinals and green trees:

  1. Choose your color. Paste food coloring works best for tinting. Use a toothpick to add a small amount to the dough.
  2. Knead color into dough. Gently blend the color into the dough using your hands or a stand mixer fitted with a paddle attachment.
  3. Adjust the color. Add more color and continue to knead until the desired shade is reached. Cookies will bake to a slightly lighter shade than the dough.
Woodland Wonderland cookies on mantel including gingerbread house, cardinal cookie, reindeer cookies, and tree cookies
Credit: Mantle

1. Decorate a Mantel

A light dusting of sugar "snow" coats a mantel adorned with gingerbread cookie cottages and animals, plus sugar cookie trees. Attach a small cookie scrap with icing to the back of each cutout to create a "kickstand" to prop it up.

Mason jar filled with a reindeer cookie and two Christmas tree cookies
Credit: Mason Jar

2. Create a Mason Jar Food Gift

A Mason jar filled with trees and a gingerbread reindeer is a sweet way to spread holiday cheer. Wrap the top of this easy food gift with battery-operated fairy lights to complete the magical scene.

Gingerbread Cutouts on wooden pedestal stand with glass cover and christmas lights
Credit: Pedestal

3. Make a Holiday Centerpiece

A sweet gingerbread cottage nestles among a flock of woodland friends crafted from our best gingerbread cookie recipe. A glass dome shelters the scene on a wooden cake stand.

Terrarium filled with Gingerbread Cutout cookies, including a reindeer, tree, house, and bunnies
Credit: Terrararium

4. Create a Terrarium

Fill a large glass cookie jar with a couple inches of granulated sugar to set the scene for a whimsical forest. Add a few fresh rosemary "bushes" and wrap the lid with twine to play up the rustic woodland look.

Comments (7)

Better Homes & Gardens Member
December 11, 2018
You can also find some of the same and similar cutters at www.randm.us Take a look. The fawn is item # 1123, Christmas trees item # 1100 and 1101. Many more shapes and sizes! Search by shape.
Better Homes & Gardens Member
December 2, 2018
Are there any further directions on any of these Woodland desplays eg cookie cutters etc.
Better Homes & Gardens Member
December 2, 2018
Cutouts for these cute cookies were misrepresented if they need to be purchased! No templates??
Better Homes & Gardens Member
December 1, 2018
Where are the cookie templates/cutters? Link is broken!
Better Homes & Gardens Member
November 30, 2018
I have not been able to find the cookie templates. This is very disapointing
Better Homes & Gardens Member
November 30, 2018
I would like a link for the cookie cutters used! I want them all in proportion like these are!! Thank You!