Gingerbread chicken coop December 21, 2012
This year I baked a gingerbread chicken coop.
Now I’m kicking myself. Why haven’t I ever made a gingerbread chicken coop before?!
Every year, my daughter and I decorate gingerbread cookies for the holidays. My mom comes out—sometimes a friend or two—and we spend the day getting covered in icing and decorating cookies. Usually, we decorate gingerbread men, trees, snowmen, fairies, hearts, owls, stars and so on.
But not chickens, and not a gingerbread chicken coop. I can’t believe I’ve never done a coop before! Mind you, even without a gingerbread chicken coop, we have a lot of fun.
This year we weren’t able to make cookies together, unfortunately. Even so, I thought I might test out the coop idea for next year, and see if I could learn anything from the process in preparation for our baking next year.
I used a simple little gingerbread house cookie cutter to create the pieces for my gingerbread chicken coop, glued them together with royal icing in a zipper bag, and then decorated. I’ve always used the Good Housekeeping gingerbread cookie recipe. Since I like a less sweet cookie with a stronger molasses flavor, I use dark molasses rather than light.
Mind you, there are some truly outstanding gingerbread houses out there. This is not one; my gingerbread chicken coop is quite simple. I’d love to see a professional tackle a gingerbread chicken coop. What about it, Martha Stewart? We know you love chickens!
We also know you do gingerbread! I’d love to see Ms. Stewart’s take on a gingerbread chicken coop.
The gingerbread chickens for my coop actually presented more difficulty than the coop itself. I do have a baby chick cookie cutter, but that chick would be way too big to be proportionate to my tiny little coop.
So, I needed to come up with teeny tiny chickens for my gingerbread chicken coop. What I did was make the chickens using another tiny cutter (a ghost!), and then just trimmed them to be in chicken-y shapes. You could also make your own pattern and cut them out with a knife.
Do you have any ideas for constructing or decorating a gingerbread chicken coop? I’d love to hear about them!