Gingerbread Men

When I was a little kid, there was a bakery several blocks from my house.  I used to love to go that bakery and look at the gingerbread men, all lined up and ready to be eaten.  Little did I know then that I’d be making my own version of gingerbread men!

The dough from my recipe is pretty sticky, and somewhat difficult to work with.   I’ve learned through the years however, that the easiest way to handle the dough is to (1) ensure that it’s cold when it’s being rolled out; (2) roll it out on parchment paper, with another piece of parchment paper on top; (3) use rolling pin spacer bands to achieve the proper thickness of the dough; and (4) sprinkle the bottom parchment paper with confectioners’ sugar as opposed to flour.

I’ve tried decorating the gingerbread men different ways.  My favorite way, pictured here is to keep it simple.  I pipe the royal icing with a #4 plain tip.  I use mini chocolate chips set in royal icing for the eyes, and red and green mini-M&M’s set in royal icing for buttons down the front.

Once the royal icing is perfectly set, I package the gingerbread men separately in clear food grade polypropylene bags, and use my food saver to seal the bags.

They make perfect Christmas gifts, either by themselves, or included in a goodie basket with other Christmas treats.  Yum!

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