Classic Holiday Gingerbread Men are soft and chewy on the inside. They have just the right amount of crunch on the outside! They are the perfect homemade gift for the special people on your holiday gift list.
This post is part of a virtual recipe exchange organized by Olivia at The Girl Can Bake.
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 these Classic Holiday Gingerbread Men! They are soft and chewy on the inside with just the right amount of crunch on the outside! Packaged in clear treat bags, they make wonderful Christmas gifts for kids of all ages.
Working With The Dough:
The dough for the gingerbread men 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) use parchment paper sprinkled with confectioners’ sugar as opposed to flour to roll out the dough; (3) place another piece of parchment paper on top; and (4) use rolling pin spacer bands to achieve the proper thickness of the dough.
Decorating the Gingerbread Men:
I’ve tried decorating the gingerbread men in a lot of different ways. My favorite way, pictured here is to keep it simple. I pipe uncolored royal icing with a #4 plain tip for the face and zig-zagged around the arms and legs. 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 – not vacuum seal, but rather just seal.
These Classic Holiday Gingerbread Men are fun to decorate and are sure to bring a smile to even the grumpiest grinch on your gift list. They make perfect Christmas gifts either by themselves, or included in a goodie basket with other Christmas treats. Yum!