When it's time to start the cookie baking season, this recipe is always the first one I use. My mother-in-law first shared it with me, but it's too good to keep to myself! You can tint the buttery icing a cheery pink or green and pipe it on with a decorating tip. —Ann Scherzer, Anacortes, Washington
Baking is the tastiest part of LaJunta Malone's hobby of collecting gingerbread boys. "I decorate gingerbread cookies to use for gifts and always serve them during the holidays," says this Camden, Alabama reader.
We came up with the "plans" for this Christmas gingerbread barn…then "stocked" it with farmyard friends. The country-as-can-be project will add a cheerful rustic touch to your holiday decor—and it's so easy to assemble, you can start raising the roof right away! —Taste of Home Test Kitchen
Mom always used the same round-headed cookie cutter to make her "boys." They always came out of the oven soft and chewy with plenty of traditional molasses-ginger flavor. —Donna Sasser Hinds, Milwaukie, Oregon
Our home economists created this impressive, tasty cookie tree for the 2008 Holiday & Celebrations Cookbook. Guests can nibble on the gingerbread cookies as they talk and mingle at your festive gathering. For more information, go to shop.tasteofhome.com.