First up, the cookies may be simple, but this gorgeous pattern is not:
Check out the shine on that gold!
Oh, and if you want to try painting on your cookies, fondant makes a great base.
Speaking of which, here's a whole hand-painted gingerbread scene:
So sweet! I love the tiny birdhouse painted above the door.
Gotta have a few traditional cuties in here:
I am thoroughly enamored with this fun edible centerpiece:
Amanda F. spotted these architectural wonders at the Festival of Trees in Utah:
And I'm sure no one here will be surprised that this one in particular caught my eye:
The amazing Artisan Cake Company actually did a feature on their blog of even *more* fabulous gingerbread houses, so I shamelessly stole these next two from them (but be sure to check out the link for the rest):
I am in love with all the details: the little rose over the window, the bear topiaries, and the way the "snow" on the roof is dripping from the shingles. Just. A. Mazing.
Forgive me for yet another Disney reference, but does this next one remind anyone else of the Norway pavilion in Epcot?
Now, one thing about gingerbread: it's always so...brown. You know? Not all that exciting for a technicolor dream coat kinda gal like me.
Now, THIS, on the other hand:
By Pat Kilkenny
[nodding] That'll do, donkey. That'll do.
(Is that Fruit Stripe gum I spy on the roof?)
And finally, an undersea treasure from the one, the only...
You just keep rockin' on with your bad crustaceous self, Highland. I mean, seriously: is that octopus attaching the candy seashells on the roof with a wee little piping bag? Really?
Ok, you get a blown kiss for that. **Mwuah!**