The cookie cutters for these cookies are available at downtowndough.com (from $5.50 each). To make the Woodlands Gingerbread House, use one batch of this dough to make the walls, and one batch of the Boiled Gingerbread dough to make the roof and chimneys. Get the gingerbread house template here.
Not only are these s'mores patriotic, they are customizable. We like having a mix of chocolate bars on hand so guests have a choice. In addition to Norway's Freia milk chocolate, you could also try Ghirardelli dark chocolate with caramel, Ritter Sport praline, and Perugina cappuccino.
Basic sugar cookies are the star of dessert when iced and decorated with edible silver dust. Various star-shaped cookie cutters are available at cookiecutter.com. The icing will thicken as it sits, so make it once the cookies have cooled.
Based on the famous Linzer torte, these cookies combine the classic nutty and fruity elements but in a smaller package. Stars are nice, but by all means use cookie cutters of any kind (cookiecutter.com).
The peppermints can be crushed in a food processor or placed in a plastic bag, covered with a kitchen towel, and smashed using the flat side of a mallet or a skillet. They will melt when baked within the star cutouts, which vary in sizes. Look for shapes that have a smaller (about 1 inch) counterpart to use for removing the interior space (cookiecutter.com).
Arrange these sheep from cookie decorator Dani Fiore as part of a Christmas cookie Nativity scene, or serve them as a sweet baby-shower treat. Also try: Donkey Sugar Cookie, Gingerbread Nativity Creche