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Holiday Gingerbread Llamas

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Holiday Gingerbread Llamas

Holiday Gingerbread Llama Cookies

Marian Blazes

Llamas (pronouced "YAH-mas" in Spanish) figure prominently in South American textiles and art, so why not in cookies too? Llama cookie cutters are easy to find online, or you can make your own by tracing a cardboard cutout as you cut out the cookies.

These gingerbread llamas are decorated for the holidays, and make great gifts.



  1. Prepare gingerbread dough, and chill.

  2. Prepare royal icing, and flavor it with a teaspoon of vanilla if desired.

  3. Divide icing into 3 bowls. Leave one bowl of icing white. Use the brown food coloring (plus a little bit of red) to color the second bowl of icing a reddish brown.

  4. Divide the third bowl into 3 parts, and color one red, one green, and one black.

  5. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. On a floured surface, roll out half of the gingerbread dough to 1/4 inch thickness. Cut out cookies and place on parchment lined cookie sheets.

  6. Reroll scraps, until all the cookie dough is used.

  7. Bake cookies for 8-10 minutes. Let cool.

  8. Fit one icing bag with a plain small round decorating tip and fill with white icing. Fill another bag with brown icing.

  9. Decorate the cookies with a brown and white pattern, as desired.

  10. Let icing harden until surface is firm, about 2 hours.

  11. Place black icing in decorators bag, and pipe some ears, and eye, and a nose.

  12. Use the red and green icing to add a holiday decoration, if desired. Let icing dry thoroughly before transporting cookies.

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