We had some of our dearest friends over for an ornament making/gingerbread man making party. We made the cookies and they left with the baked cookies, some frosting and a few sweet things to decorate them at home. Such a fun time. Win-win-win.
The idea for a Gingerbread Family Kit came from a fantastic book- FamilyFun Homemade Holidays. They suggested a tin with gingerbread men, frosting and a few decorated mini bags of toppings. The recipe also came from there too. It was so yummy-soft, and tasty.
Confession. I really don't like cake and cookie decorating. Don't get me wrong, I love a beautiful cake/cookie...I just don't have the patience for doing so. Or maybe I'd rather just eat what I'm baking rather than drool while decorating? I even took a cake decorating class a few years back, thinking if I learned that I'd fall in love with cookie decorating. Nope. I still am not a fan. My favorite way to have gingerbread men is with a coat of buttercream, which I did for some of these. But, I also wanted my kids to see how neat royal icing is. I made some and did a (hopefully) passable job decorating. It must have been good enough, as the cookies are long gone.
Gingerbread Men (Adapted from FamilyFun)
- 1/2 cup butter, room temperature
- 1/2 cup packed brown sugar
- 2 eggs
- 3/4 cup molasses
- 1 tablespoon cinnamon
- 2 teaspoons ground ginger
- Pinch nutmeg
- 1 1/4 teaspoons baking soda
- 4 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
2) On flouered surface, roll to 1/4 inch thickness. Cut cookies with cookie cutters, transferring to greased cookie sheet with a spatula/pastry scraper.
3) Bake 350 for 10ish minutes or until the cookie is just set and turning just a tad brown.
4) Cool on . Frost with your favorite butter cream/royal icing recipe. Decorate.
They didn't last long. My kids and my cookie monster husband gobbled them up. Might have to make them again...you know....for Santa.