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North Woods Birdhouse Cookies

Refrigerated gingerbread cookie dough forms these mini birdhouse cookies that are embellished with frosting, candies, pretzels and creativity!

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  • prep time 1 hr 30 min
  • total time 1 hr 30 min
  • ingredients 7
  • servings 20
 

Ingredients

1
roll (30 oz) Pillsbury® refrigerated gingerbread cookies
Vanilla ready-to-spread frosting (from 16-oz container)
Thin pretzel sticks
5
Tootsie Roll Midgees® candies, unwrapped
White decorating icing in tube
Assorted colors decorating gels in tubes
Miniature candy-coated chocolate baking bits or other candies

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Steps

  • 1 Heat oven to 350ºF. Remove half of cookie dough from package; refrigerate remaining half of dough until needed.
  • 2 On lightly floured surface, roll dough 1/4 inch thick. With 3- to 3 1/2-inch cookie cutters such as diamond, heart or star, cut out dough shapes for birdhouses (or cut desired shapes from dough with knife). Use 1-inch canapé cutter or sharp knife to make "door" in bottom half of each. If desired, use drinking straw to make hole in top of cookie for hanging. Place 3 inches apart on ungreased cookie sheet. Repeat with remaining half of dough.
  • 3 For decorations on birdhouses, roll scraps of dough, and cut miniature shapes such as trees, stars and other small shapes; do not attach to birdhouses. Place miniature shapes on cookie sheets.
  • 4 Bake 7 to 11 minutes or until set (bake small shapes about 7 minutes). Carefully remove from cookie sheet; place on cooling racks. If necessary, re-poke holes for hanging. Cool completely, about 20 minutes.
  • 5 To decorate cookies, use vanilla frosting to attach small baked shapes to birdhouses. Attach pretzels for roofs. Cut each unwrapped candy into 4 lengthwise pieces; attach 1 piece with frosting below door to look like perch. Use vanilla frosting or decorating icing to make snow on roofs. Use decorating gels and baking bits to add decorations or words to birdhouses.
  • 1 Heat oven to 350ºF. Remove half of cookie dough from package; refrigerate remaining half of dough until needed.
  • 2 On lightly floured surface, roll dough 1/4 inch thick. With 3- to 3 1/2-inch cookie cutters such as diamond, heart or star, cut out dough shapes for birdhouses (or cut desired shapes from dough with knife). Use 1-inch canapé cutter or sharp knife to make "door" in bottom half of each. If desired, use drinking straw to make hole in top of cookie for hanging. Place 3 inches apart on ungreased cookie sheet. Repeat with remaining half of dough.
  • 3 For decorations on birdhouses, roll scraps of dough, and cut miniature shapes such as trees, stars and other small shapes; do not attach to birdhouses. Place miniature shapes on cookie sheets.
  • 4 Bake 7 to 11 minutes or until set (bake small shapes about 7 minutes). Carefully remove from cookie sheet; place on cooling racks. If necessary, re-poke holes for hanging. Cool completely, about 20 minutes.
  • 5 To decorate cookies, use vanilla frosting to attach small baked shapes to birdhouses. Attach pretzels for roofs. Cut each unwrapped candy into 4 lengthwise pieces; attach 1 piece with frosting below door to look like perch. Use vanilla frosting or decorating icing to make snow on roofs. Use decorating gels and baking bits to add decorations or words to birdhouses.

EXPERT TIPS

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Expert Tips

Children can design their own birdhouses and use them as ornaments. You'll want to use a straw to make a small hole near the top of each unbaked cookie. When the cookies are baked and the decorations have set, pull a ribbon through the hole of each, and tie to hang as an ornament.

Nutritional information

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Nutrition Information

NUTRITION INFORMATION PER SERVING

Serving Size: 1 Large Cookie (without frosting or decoration)
Calories
180
(
Calories from Fat
70),
% Daily Value
Total Fat
8g
8%
(Saturated Fat
2g,
2%
Trans Fat
2 1/2g
2 1/2%
),
Cholesterol
5mg
5%;
Sodium
140mg
140%;
Total Carbohydrate
24g
24%
(Dietary Fiber
0g
0%
  Sugars
12g
12%
),
Protein
2g
2%
;
% Daily Value*:
Vitamin A
0%;
Vitamin C
0%;
Calcium
0%;
Iron
2%;
Exchanges:
1 Starch; 0 Fruit; 1/2 Other Carbohydrate; 0 Skim Milk; 0 Low-Fat Milk; 0 Milk; 0 Vegetable; 0 Very Lean Meat; 0 Lean Meat; 0 High-Fat Meat; 1 1/2 Fat;
Carbohydrate Choices:
1 1/2
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.
Tootsie Roll Midgees® are a registered trademark of Tootsie Roll Industries, Inc., Chicago, IL.