VIDEO: How to make adorable mini gingerbread house mug huggers for Christmas

December 5, 2016 by  
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From brownstones to iconic homes to the New York City subway , we can’t seem to get enough of tasty gingerbread architecture here at Inhabitat. If you’re looking to get in on the gingerbread game yourself this holiday but want to start small, we’ve got an easy and adorable recipe that will have your guests squealing with glee. These teensy tiny gingerbread house mug huggers may be mini, but they pack a big punch when it comes to getting friends and family into the holiday spirit. Plus they’re just the right size for breaking apart and dunking into your coffee, tea or hot chocolate gobbling up in one bite. I first discovered the concept of mini gingerbread mug toppers when my sister spotted them selling for $10 a pair in the Anthropolgie catalog. Smitten but unwilling to cough up $5/sq. inch for gingerbread real estate, I decided to try making my own version. A quick search on the internets revealed this very helpful tutorial on Not Martha , which I modified slightly below. RELATED: How to Make a Gingerbread Brownstone Gingerbread Cookie Dough Ingredients (click here for a vegan version of this recipe) Dry ingredients 3 cups all purpose flour 1 teaspoon of cinnamon 3/4 teaspoon of ground ginger 1/4 teaspoon of salt Coconut shreds, peppermint candy shards, powdered sugar and other decorations (optional) Wet ingredients 3/4 cup of Sugar in the Raw liquid cane sugar 1/2 cup of butter 1/2 cup + 2 tablespoons of brown sugar Vegan Royal Icing Ingredients 1 cup powdered sugar 1 tablespoon water 2 teaspoons Sugar in the Raw liquid cane sugar 1?4 teaspoon almond extract Making your gingerbread houses Step 1: First combine your dry ingredients in a large bowl and mix together. Step 2: Add the liquid cane sugar, brown sugar and butter to a saucepan and stir over medium heat until the butter is all melted. Step 3: Pour your butter mixture into your flour mixture and mix with a spoon or spatula until a dough forms. Then use your hands to mix until the dough has an even consistency. Step 4: Cover your dough and chill in the fridge for at least 30 minutes. Step 5: After your dough is chilled, remove it from the fridge and roll it out onto a large piece of foil. It should be about 1/8 inch thick. Step 6: Print and cut out either Not Martha’s template or the slightly smaller version we made using hers, and use the pieces to cut shapes out of your dough. Collect the scraps between your pieces and roll them out again to make more house parts. Step 7: Bake your house pieces at 350 degrees for 12-14 minutes or until they’re golden brown. Making your icing Step 1: In a small bowl, stir together the powdered sugar and water until smooth. Step 2: Add the liquid cane sugar and almond extract until your icing is smooth and glossy. If the icing feels too thick, add more water. Step 3: Pour your icing into a piping bag or make your own piping bag by cutting a small hole into the corner of a ziploc bag. Assembling your gingerbread mug toppers Step 1: First, let your gingerbread house pieces cool for 10-15 minutes after you take them out of the oven. Then place one of your “house” pieces down on a flat surface and pipe two lines of icing along either side of it and stick one of your “wall” pieces on so that it creates a 90-degree angle with your house piece. Repeat this step by sticking another wall piece to your other line of icing. TIP: If your wall piece is not secure or keeps falling down, try making your icing thicker by adding more powdered sugar. You can also flatten the edges of your wall pieces down by rubbing them together to create a straighter edge. Step 2: When your two wall pieces feel secure and not shaky, pipe two more lines of icing onto the edges. Then lay down another house piece to form the 4th side of your gingerbread house. Step 3: Flip your house over so that it’s standing on its base and pipe two more lines of icing onto the roof edges. Pop your roof pieces on top. Step 4: Decorate with icing, coconut flakes, pieces of candy, sprinkles or any other embellishments you’d like. Let the icing harden for about an hour. Step 5: Finally pour your friends some hot cups of their favorite holiday beverages and pop your mug huggers on top to serve. Hat tip to Not Martha for hooking us up with her handy mini gingerbread house template ! We hope you enjoyed this recipe. Please don’t be shy about sharing pics of your own gingerbread mug huggers with us on our Facebook page .

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7 tips for celebrating a greener and more budget-friendly holiday

December 10, 2014 by  
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“It’s the MOST wonderful time of the year ,” sings Andy Williams in my head, usually when I’m looking for a parking space at the grocery store, way in the back. But the singing is not always sarcastic in my head and I know that for my young children, each day of December holds the promise of something holiday related. Unfortunately, while Christmas can bring out the best in our giving spirits , it can also be a nightmare of consumerism at its worst and the packaging, wrappings, and trappings of holiday celebrations both small and large make it even worse. Fighting the “gimmes” with children at this time of year can be hard, especially when Santa is supposedly able to bring anything your child’s heart desires. Read on to learn how you can you make the holidays a little greener for the planet, a little kinder for everyone, and little lighter on your wallet. Read the rest of 7 tips for celebrating a greener and more budget-friendly holiday Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: angel tree , budget , budget christmas , budget holiday , Chanukah , Charity , charity gifts , Christmas , christmas holiday , christmas holidays , decoration , decorations , diy decorations , gift giving , gifts , gingerbread , gingerbread houses , green christmas , green holiday , green xmas , hanukkah , Holiday , holiday on a budget , holiday season , holidays , kindness , Kwanzaa , lights , outdoor lights , patience , presents , solstice , time with family , winter solstice , Xmas , xmas holidays , Yule

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Pearl Izumi’s new headquarters blends into the rocky landscape of Colorado

December 10, 2014 by  
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HOW TO: Make Delicious Gluten-Free Vegan Gingerbread for the Holidays

December 8, 2013 by  
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The holiday season is not complete without a warm, spicy-sweet plate full of gingerbread cookies . To make sure you satisfy everyone’s wish list, follow this simple recipe to make vegan, gluten-free cookies. Happy baking! READ MORE > Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: cookies , gingerbread , gluten free , holiday season , recipe , vegan        

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Architects and Chefs Team Up To Build Fairytale Gingerbread Castles in Seattle

December 24, 2012 by  
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Read the rest of Architects and Chefs Team Up To Build Fairytale Gingerbread Castles in Seattle Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: 2012 sheraton seattle gingerbread village , architects and chefs , eco design , eco holidays , edible creations , gingerbread , gingerbread castle , gingerbread house , gingerbread houses , gingerbread village , green design , green holidays , jdrf , juvenile diabetes research foundation , once upon a time gingerbread castles , Seattle , sustainable food

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Dutch Engineer Uses CAD-Based Laser Program to Build Gingerbread House

December 11, 2012 by  
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Dutch engineer Johan Von Konow has created a stunning gingerbread house – but instead of using traditional techniques he used a 50W laser engraver with a simple CAD program! Johan first created an “accurate, miniature 3D representation of his summer house in a CAD program” before turning the laser onto large blocks of gingerbread. Well, it beats using simple cooking utensils. Read the rest of Dutch Engineer Uses CAD-Based Laser Program to Build Gingerbread House Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: CAD program , cookery , cooking , gingerbread , gingerbread house , Johan von Konow , Laser , laser engraver

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Terapia Urbana Installs Flourishing Slimgreenwall at Ayesa Advanced Technologies’ Office

December 10, 2012 by  
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Spain-based Terapia Urbana is passionate about bringing nature indoors through gorgeous living wall installations. They recently installed one of their Slimgreenwall systems in the new office of the Ayesa Advanced Technologies Group, which one of the largest engineering and technology consultant firms in the country. Working with the talented architect Lourdes Zarza, Terapia Urbana developed a natural canvas that spans 6 meters long by .9 meters high. This living wall installation is located in the boardroom of the Olympic Stadium of La Cartuja in Seville, where it helps people relax! + Terapia Urbana The article above was submitted to us by an Inhabitat reader. Want to see your story on Inhabitat ? Send us a tip by following this link . Remember to follow our instructions carefully to boost your chances of being chosen for publishing! Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: “green wall” , “living wall” , Ayesa Advanced Technologies , Gardening , green design , green interiors , La Cartuja , Lourdes Zarza , seville , Slimgreenwall , Spain , sustainable design , terapia urbana

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This Edible Gingerbread Star Wars AT-AT Will Go Down With a Glass of Milk

December 19, 2011 by  
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For the holiday season,  Blackmarket Bakery owner Rachel Klemek made this — dare we say it — adorable AT-AT from gingerbread. In Klemek’s depiction of the infamous  Battle of Hoth , the Star Wars assault vehicle can be seen traipsing over a field of candy canes and taffy, leaving a trail of destruction in its delicious path. The scrumptious scene also depicts a Rebel Alliance Snowspeeder wrapping a licorice tow cable around the AT-AT’s legs — so like the movie, will this be the sweet demise of the Imperial Walker? Maybe, but we think it could go down just as easy with a glass of milk. + Black Market Bakery Via Dvice Image:  Mommy_Pants Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: at-at , at-at gingerbread , black market bakery , diy gingerbread creations , diy gingerbread project , gingerbread , gingerbread art , Rachel Klemek , star wars at-at gingerbread , star wars gingerbread , star wats at-at

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Made in China: Émilie Voirin Reinterprets Iconic Chairs in Biodegradable Bamboo and Rattan

December 19, 2011 by  
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London-based product designer Émilie Voirin has courageously re-interpreted a crop of iconic modern chairs into fantastic biodegradable seats. Using woven rattan and bamboo, the designer created sustainable versions of Verner Panton ‘s ‘Panton chair’, Michael Thonet ‘s ‘Thonet Chair No. 18′, Charles and Ray Eames’ ‘LCW Plywood Chair’ and Frank Ghery ‘s ‘Wiggle chair’. Rattan is a durable plant fiber that is often used for making furniture, baskets, and other household items, however Voirin has adapted the material to give these classic chairs a sustainable twist. Read the rest of Made in China: Émilie Voirin Reinterprets Iconic Chairs in Biodegradable Bamboo and Rattan Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: “green furniture” , bamboo furniture , Botanical , Charles and Ray Eames , design classics , fast growing , frank ghery , french designer , green materials , green products , iconic chairs , london design , Michael Thonet , recycling / compost , reed furniture , Sustainable Materials , verner panton

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DIY: How to Make An Awesome Gingerbread Geodesic Dome House!

December 7, 2011 by  
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