Gingerbread lanterns

Are you bored of gingerbread houses? Why not make a lantern instead? A gingerbread lantern is a fun and easy project. You need gingerbread dough, hard candies in different colours, sugar, icing and sprinkles.

First you crush the hard candies.

Roll out the gingerbread dough. Cut out 4 rectangles or squares directly on a lined baking sheet, I used a lid from one of my tins for the rectangles. Cut out patterns with cookie cutters and stamp the dough with text and cutters. The only limit is your imagination! Fill all the holes with the crushed candies. Bake in 175 degrees C for about 10 minutes until the candy has melted.

Let the pieces cool. If the edges are a bit crooked, polish them at a 45 degree angle with a very sharp grater (I use one of my microplane). Melt the sugar (be careful!). Dip the edges in the sugar and carefully assemble 4 rectangles together. When completely cool and stable, decorate with icing and sprinkles!

Once ready put a small candleholder with a candle in each lantern. And remember to never leave a candle unattended!

16 Responses to “Gingerbread lanterns”

  1. Pille
    December 6th, 2010 16:51

    How cute, Dagmar!!!!

  2. Bea
    December 6th, 2010 17:50

    Dagmaro, sliczne! Jestem pod wrazeniem… :)

    A ja bede w tym roku testowac podany przez Ciebie przepis na buleczki sw. Lucji :))


  3. Daga
    December 6th, 2010 18:04


  4. aurélie
    December 6th, 2010 21:28

    this is sooooo cool!!!!

  5. Marèsalicious
    December 6th, 2010 22:56

    Wow, fantastiskt :-)

  6. margot
    December 6th, 2010 23:40

    ach Dagmaro,ale śliczne te witrażystki , zresztą to przez Ciebie kilak lat ,,chorowałam” na foremki Muminków, już je można kupić w Polsce :P

  7. LimeCake
    December 8th, 2010 07:31

    What a cute idea! The cookie lanterns look very lovely!

  8. Big Fajita
    December 8th, 2010 16:28

    Gingerbread lanterns… I never heard of it, but they sure look good. And Christmas is coming soon.

  9. Nisrine | Dinners & Dreams
    December 10th, 2010 00:49

    This is very clever and creative. Totally love these!

  10. Marta
    December 11th, 2010 03:01

    love love love !!!

    I always look forward to your posts, but the Christmas ones are my favourites!

    Wesolych Swiat!!!!

  11. Noobfoodie
    December 16th, 2010 23:20

    wow,amazing, i love it, cute

  12. Michael
    December 17th, 2010 21:05

    I like the idea. ;)

  13. Gosia
    December 20th, 2010 16:27

    OH my Goodness that’s great idea, and very aromatic, I think? :))

  14. Dagmar
    December 23rd, 2010 00:31

    Thank you so much for your sweet compliments and comments! Slicznie dziekuje za bardzo grzeczne slowa!

  15. Alina
    January 20th, 2011 20:26

    Wooooow I’ve never tried anything like that! genius!! Do you think you can also make cookies with such translucent fragments? I won’t be able to wait until next Christmas!!

  16. Gabby
    February 14th, 2011 08:15

    Wow. I am in love with those lanterns.

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