How To Make Easy And Adorable Gingerbread Men: Complete Instructions And Recipe For Delicious Gingerbread

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The Tale Of The Gingerbread Boy

The Gingerbread Boy was a tale written in about 1875. The author remains unknown, but the story has been told all through the years and so it goes:

Once upon a time, an old woman and her husband lived alone in a little old house. The couple had no children. The old woman was very lonely, and wanted a little boy. She decided to make a little boy out of Gingerbread. She carefully mixed the batter, rolled out the dough, and cut out out a very nice gingerbread man. She added sugar icing for his hair, mouth, and clothes, and she used candy chips for buttons and eyes.

What a fine looking gingerbread man he was! The old woman put him in the oven to bake. After he was fully done, she slowly opened the oven door. Up jumped the gingerbread man, and he ran out the door saying,

"Run, run, as fast as you can! You can't catch me! I'm the Gingerbread Man!"

The old woman and the old man ran after him, but could not catch him! The Gingerbread Man goes on to outrun several farmers, and farm animals, all the time taunting them:

"I've run away from a little old woman, and a little old man, and I can run away from you, I can, I can!"

The tale ends with a fox catching the little Gingerbread Man and eats him!

It Just Wouldn't Be Christmas Without Making Gingerbread Men

It just wouldn’t be Christmas without making a Gingerbread House and Gingerbread Men! Just the aroma of gingerbread baking brings back such wonderful memories of my children gathered in the kitchen to help make the annual house and the little men.

I have used this recipe for making the gingerbread for many years. It is easy to do, and you will be so proud of your creations. I will give you a link for the instructions on how to make a Gingerbread House at the end of this article.

Ingredients For The Gingerbread

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My Recipe For Gingerbread Men

This recipe will make about 20 Gingerbread Men.

For the Gingerbread you will need;

5 Cups of Flour

1 teaspoon Baking Soda

1 teaspoon Ginger

½ teaspoon Cinnamon

½ teaspoon Ground Cloves

½ teaspoon Salt

¾ Cup Crisco

1 Egg

1 Cup Dark Molasses (I like Grandma’s)

1/2 Cup Granulated Sugar

Waxed Paper

Rolling Pin

Pam for the baking sheet

A Gingerbread Man cutter.


Directions For Making The Gingerbread Men

In a large bowl:

Mix the Flour, Soda, Ginger, Cinnamon, Ground Cloves, and Salt

Set aside.


In another large bowl:


Cream the Shortening and Sugar till fluffy. Add the Egg, and Molasses.

Beat until smooth.


Add the flour mixture, 1 cup at a time.

You will need to mix the dough with your hands till it’s nice and smooth. If it’s too stiff, add just a little milk. You want the dough like rolled cookie dough.


After you have worked the dough, divide it into 5 balls.


Place one sheet of waxed paper on your work surface. Place one of the balls of gingerbread dough on the waxed paper, and then place another sheet of waxed paper on top.

Roll out the dough. Flip it over, and continue to roll until it’s nice and smooth.

The dough should be rolled out until it’s about ¼ inch thick.


Use the gingerbread cutter to cut out the Gingerbread Men. Gently pick up each man, and place it on the baking sheet.

Bake at 350 degrees F. for about 10 minutes.


The Egg, Crisco And Molasses Are Beaten Well

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The Dry Ingredients For The Gingerbread Men

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Five Dough Balls Ready To Be Rolled Out For The Gingerbread Men

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Ready to Roll out the Balls Between Waxed Paper

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Two Gingerbread Men Cut Out And Ready To Bake

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These Gingerbread Men Are Ready To Bake

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Tip: When rolling out dough for sugar cookies or any soft dough, including Gingerbread Men, roll the dough between two layers of waxed paper. The dough will not stick, and you can remove the cookies without tearing them.

Some bakers advise you to refrigerate the cookie dough. I prefer rolling out the dough while it is nice and soft.

Ingredients For The Frosting To Decorate The Gingerbread Men

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Decorate The Gingerbread Men With Frosting


After the men have cooled, you are ready to decorate them.

For the Frosting to Decorate the Gingerbread Men you will need;


3 Tablespoons Meringue Powder

6 Tablespoons Warm Water

1 pound box of Confectioner’s Sugar

A decorating bag with a very small tip.



Some people like to use Royal Icing instead of the Meringue Powder. I prefer the powder rather than use so many egg whites for a traditional Royal Icing.


Mix the Meringue Powder, Water, and Sugar in a large bowl until it holds a peak.

If you have any leftover Meringue, cover it with a tight fitting lid and refrigerate

Place a small amount into the Decorating Bag, and Decorate the Gingerbread Men. If you do not have a decorator bag, place a small amount of the meringue into a Ziploc bag that you have cut a small hole in one corner of the bag.

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The Gingerbread Men Are All Decorated

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We enjoy writing the names of the children in the family on the Gingerbread Men. After the frosting is hard the men can be placed in a sandwich sized Ziploc bag. They can be hung on the Christmas tree as ornaments, or just gifted to each child or guest.



These Gingerbread Men can be frozen and enjoyed later, too.



I hope you will make some Gingerbread Men to add to your Christmas celebration.



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billybuc 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

This is something I absolutely love but never eat...thanks for the idea and recipe and instructions. Maybe this weekend!


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Iris Draak 2 years ago from Boise, Idaho

So cute! Now I wish I had time to make some today. You made me hungry. :)


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nanderson500 2 years ago from Seattle, WA

Very timely hub with the Christmas season just about upon us! Very detailed instructions. Good job!


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WillStarr 2 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

Wow! You brought back a great memory from my early childhood...The Gingerbread Man! :

http://www.speakaboos.com/full-text/the-gingerbrea...


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tillsontitan 2 years ago from New York

I love your recipes. They are always so well written and your pictures are, well, picture perfect! Nothing beats gingerbread men for Christmas!

Voted up, useful, and interesting.


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always exploring 2 years ago from Southern Illinois

Would you believe I've never heard that story and I loved it. My mother made gingerbread men and they were delicious. I wish I'd made them for my son but didn't take the time to do so. I admire anyone who does this. Thank you for sharing the recipe and the story.....


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mary615 2 years ago from Florida Author

Hi, billybuc If you love Gingerbread Men, that just shows you have a good heart and enjoy tasty food!

I wish we lived closer, I'd save some of my GB men for you to enjoy.

Thanks for reading and commenting, Mary


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mary615 2 years ago from Florida Author

Hi there, Iris. The GB men do take some time to make (I have to be honest). I usually have my children and grands come over to help make these little guys.

Hope you'll take the time to make some later on, Mary


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mary615 2 years ago from Florida Author

Hi nanderson, Yes, as I said in my Hub, it just wouldn't be Christmas without the aroma of Gingerbread in the oven.

Thanks so much for reading and commenting, Mary


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mary615 2 years ago from Florida Author

Hi, Will, thanks for that link that go to the story of the little Gingerbread Boy. I had forgotten how many animals and critters tried to catch him before the fox got him!

I'm glad this brought back memories from your childhood. My 30 year old granddaughter asked me just today if we were going to make GB men again this Christmas!! My best, Mary


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mary615 2 years ago from Florida Author

Hi tillsontitan, What a nice compliment you paid me on my presentation of making gingerbread men. I appreciate that so much.

Yes, as I said in my Hub, it just isn't Christmas until we make the GB house and GB men! Thanks again, Mary


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mary615 2 years ago from Florida Author

Hi, always exploring, You could surprise your son by making some gingerbread men this Christmas. They really are not that hard to make, and everyone just loves them.

Will Starr gave us the link to the story of GB Boy above if you'd like to read it. It's a cute children's tale.


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vocalcoach 2 years ago from Nashville Tn.

Between your perfect instructions and absolutely amazing photos anyone could do this, including your truly.

I adore ginger and when it comes in cookie form it's even better. Thanks Mary for sharing your talent for baking with all of us.

Voted up and more and sharing plenty!


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Lady Guinevere 2 years ago from West Virginia

Oh how yummy! Thanks for the share.


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Jackie Lynnley 2 years ago from The Beautiful South

Thanks for the recipe Mary. I have never made gingerbread men and it is about time I did! I wonder if the ginger holds any nutritional value after being baked?


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prasetio30 2 years ago from malang-indonesia

Dear, Mary. I love the recipe and step by step instruction. Cute cookies and delicious as well. Thanks for writing and sharing with us. Voted up!

Prasetio


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mary615 2 years ago from Florida Author

Hi, vocalcoach, Oh, yes, I don't doubt that you could make some gingerbread men! Everyone loves these, adults and kids alike.

Thanks so much for reading, commenting, the votes, and the shares!

Goodnight, Mary


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mary615 2 years ago from Florida Author

Hi, there, Lady Guinevere, it's so good to see you! Yes, these little gingerbread men are very good!

Thanks for reading and commenting, Mary


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mary615 2 years ago from Florida Author

Hi Jackie, I do hope I've inspired you to make some gingerbread men! Gee, I don't know if cooking ginger has any effect on the nutritional value. I'm so busy eating them, I guess I don't worry about that. My best, Mary


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mary615 2 years ago from Florida Author

Hi, prasetio30 Thanks so much for the nice compliment on my gingerbread men. Thanks for the votes, too. Mary


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teaches12345 2 years ago

I made these one Christmas but they did not turn out as neat as yours. I may have to try it again this year. Thanks for the good share. I can smell those cookies from here!


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Just Ask Susan 2 years ago from Ontario, Canada

These look so good. Adding your recipe to my Christmas baking list, which reminds me I must get started soon. Pinning, sharing and voting +++


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handymanbill 2 years ago from western pennsylvania

Looks interesting to me . Maybe next week I will try them.


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pstraubie48 2 years ago from sunny Florida

Hi Mary

I will have my little four year old grandson help me make these. I have made others but they were so much trouble I was not excited about trying them again. This sounds like a cookie that will work.

So glad to find this right now

Angels are on the way to you this morning ps Pinned


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mary615 2 years ago from Florida Author

Good Morning, teaches12345, Oh, I hope you'll try again to make Gingerbread Men! Just follow my instructions and you won't go wrong. If you have any problems, just let me know, OK?


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mary615 2 years ago from Florida Author

Hi Just Ask Susan, I hope you'll bookmark this Hub so you will have it when you are ready to make Gingerbread Men. They do freeze well, so you can make them ahead. I freeze them already decorated.

Thanks so much for reading, commenting, the votes and the shares, I do appreciate that so much, Mary


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mary615 2 years ago from Florida Author

Hi handymanbill, Yes, please try to make some Gingerbread Men. You will be so pleased, and if you have kids in the family, they will love you forever!


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mary615 2 years ago from Florida Author

Hi, pstraubie48 There is just something about GB men that children of all ages love! My 30 yr. old granddaughter asked me yesterday if we were going to make out GB house and men again this year!

These men are really not hard to make at all. Honest!!

Thanks for the Pin, too. Mary


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Phyllis Doyle 2 years ago from High desert of Nevada.

I love gingerbread and have not made the g-men for years. I am going to follow your recipe and make some this year. I never knew about meringue flower - I hope my local store has it. Thanks, Mary, for sharing your recipe.


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Faith Reaper 2 years ago from southern USA

I love gingerbread men! Thank you for sharing your wonderful recipe. I will be sure to make sure to make some at Christmas for the grandchildren, and they can help. Christmas needs all the gingerbread men it can have to eat for all.

Voted up tweeting and pinning


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My Bell 2 years ago

You published this hub just in time for me! I'm organizing a Christmas Cookie night for my youngest daughter and friends and I'm going to use your hub, recipe and instructions for them to make Gingerbread Men cookies. I love the humor you presented at the top of the article too. Upped this hub . . well done!


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mary615 2 years ago from Florida Author

Hi Phyllis Doyle, Well, if you like gingerbread, you will love these little gingerbread men! I'm glad I discovered Meringue powder. I get it at our local Publix supermarket. It is so much better than fooling with egg whites!

Thanks for reading, and I do hope you will make some of these little men, Mary


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mary615 2 years ago from Florida Author

Hi, Faith Reaper, my children and grandchildren have all loved making gingerbread men. There is just something so special about them that children of all ages love them.

Thanks so much for the nice comment, the Tweet, and the Pin. Mary


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mary615 2 years ago from Florida Author

Hi there, My Bell, so nice to see you! Your daughter and her friends will love helping making gingerbread men. My children and grands would be so disappointed if we didn't make these at Christmastime.

Thanks for the nice comment, Mary


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suzettenaples 2 years ago from Taos, NM

Thank you for sharing your gingerbread men recipe with us. Your recipe is easy to follow and make. This is the perfect season for making gingerbread men and it looks and sounds fun to make too. Kids love this sort of thing.


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Peggy W 2 years ago from Houston, Texas

Hi Mary, I love gingerbread and have made cookies with all of those same spices but have never specifically made gingerbread man cookies. I love how you decorated them with a hat and their faces looking off to the side. Very creative! Thanks for your step by step instructions + recipe. Up votes, tweeting, pinning, G+ and will share with my HP followers. This is just in time for the holidays! :))


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travmaj 2 years ago from australia

These are adorable gingerbread men - I haven't made them for years. Certainly brought back many memories. Love the presentation and the photos.


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favored 2 years ago from USA

I've never made gingerbread men from scratch. Your little guys are so cute I'd like to try it. Pinning this for sure.


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phoenix2327 2 years ago from United Kingdom

The Gingerbread Man was one of my favourite fairy tales. Nice job on the recipe.


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mary615 2 years ago from Florida Author

Hi, suzettenaples You are so right; children of all ages love to make gingerbread men! Even my grown kids enjoy decorating them.

Yes, this recipe is really a very easy one to follow. My best, Mary


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mary615 2 years ago from Florida Author

Good Morning, Peggy. You are a pro at making cookies, so you would not have any problem making gingerbread men. My oldest daughter is already asking when we will get together and make our annual Gingerbread House and GB Men!

Thanks so much for sharing my gingerbread men all around, I do appreciate that so much. Mary


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mary615 2 years ago from Florida Author

Hi, tramaj. I' so happy you like my Gingerbread men! They really are a lot of fun to make, and everyone just loves them. They bring out the "kid" in all of us!

I'd say it's time for you to make these little men again! Thanks, Mary


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mary615 2 years ago from Florida Author

Hi there, favored. These gingerbread men are loads of fun to make and have ready for the Christmas holidays. We hang some from our Christmas tree, too.

I do hope you will make some. Thanks for the Pin, Mary


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mary615 2 years ago from Florida Author

Hi, phoenix2327 Yes, I always loved the story of the little gingerbread man, but I was sorry he was eaten by the mean old fox!!

I'm glad you liked my recipe to make these little GB men, Mary


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Eiddwen 2 years ago from Wales

A great recipe and thanks for sharing Mary.

Voted up and shared.

Eddy.


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mary615 2 years ago from Florida Author

Hi there, Eddy. I'm so happy you think my recipe for gingerbread men is great! I have used this recipe for many years, and it never fails me!

Thanks so much for the votes and the share, Mary


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drbj 2 years ago from south Florida

This is a delicious looking gingerbread man recipe with beautiful photos to match. Thank you for your efforts, m'luv. I am not much of a baker so I will share this with my daughter, look plaintive, and perhaps she will bake some for me.


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mary615 2 years ago from Florida Author

Hi, there, drbj. How nice to see you!! Now, you just get in the kitchen with your daughter and turn out some gingerbread men for Christmas holidays! You will be so glad you did.

BTW: why don't you do an interview on the Gingerbread Boy? I'll bet that would be a "hoot"!


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DDE 2 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

A very creative recipe and the step by step process is well-explained. Looks so tasty and would like to try it.


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ChitrangadaSharan 2 years ago from New Delhi, India

The gingerbread men look so cute and the recipe is very well explained. I have seen such yummy gingerbread men at the bakery shops. Thanks for sharing the recipe. Now I will make it.

I also loved the story about gingerbread man. Voted up and shared on HP!


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mary615 2 years ago from Florida Author

Hi DDE, Thanks for reading and for the nice compliment on my presentation on how to make gingerbread men.

Yes, there are very tasty, and I do hope you will make some! Mary


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mary615 2 years ago from Florida Author

Good Morning, ChitrangadaSharan! So nice to see you here today. I saw some gingerbread men for sale at our local market just yesterday. They were cute, but very overpriced: like 3.00 each!

I do hope you will make some, and let me know how they turn out for you. Thanks so much for the share and the votes, Mary


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peachpurple 2 years ago from Home Sweet Home

is there anything that i can replace crisco? can't get it here.


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mary615 2 years ago from Florida Author

Hi, peachpurple. Any kind of good shortening could be used; I just prefer Crisco. I've never used butter, but that could be an option, too. Good luck, thanks for reading and commenting, Mary


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Pamela99 2 years ago from United States

Your gingerbread men are adorable and I think delicious. I always think of my mother as she loves gingerbread. Thanks for a great recipe.


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mary615 2 years ago from Florida Author

Hi, Pamela99. It just wouldn't be Christmas in our house without the Gingerbread Men. I'm glad these remind you of your mother. I love gingerbread, too.

Thanks for reading and commenting, Mary


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anglnwu 2 years ago

Thanks for the well-loved story and the beautiful hub. I love all your pictures with the clear instruction. Your gingerbread cookies look sublime!!


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mary615 2 years ago from Florida Author

Hi, anglnwu. Thank you so much for the nice compliment on my Hub about making gingerbread men! They are really a lot of fun to make, and even more fun to eat!


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RTalloni 24 months ago from the short journey

Such a neat hub. I would have loved the recipe without the story for ginger is just a tad below Chocolate in my book, but you put together a fun hub for a great recipe. Loved the pics, especially of your finished product!


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mary615 24 months ago from Florida Author

Hi, RTalloni, I'm so glad you like my Gingerbread Men! We have fun making these little guys at Christmastime.

Thanks again, Mary


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Nell Rose 24 months ago from England

Hi mary, I loved the story of the gingerbread man, I had totally forgotten it! and those gingerbread men look totally delicious! haven't tried on in years, this was awesome! voted up and shared, nell


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Peggy W 24 months ago from Houston, Texas

Some people gave my hubby a box of cookies all decorated for the holidays from a professional bakery. We will give the cute sugar type cookies away but we ate the two gingerbread men cookies. Yours are every bit as cute as those were. Will share this once again as people still have time to make some for the holidays.


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pstraubie48 24 months ago from sunny Florida

These are so cute, Mary. I am going to give them a try with my baby grandson.

Good to see you.

Angels are on the way ps


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ladyguitarpicker 24 months ago from 3460NW 50 St Bell, Fl32619

Hi, I liked your Hub and I want to make them because my husband loves Gingerbread cookies. I got your recipe written down and will try it. Thanks Stella


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mary615 24 months ago from Florida Author

Hi, Nell Rose. I always loved the story of the little gingerbread Man, too!

Thanks so much for reading, commenting, the votes and the share. Mary


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mary615 24 months ago from Florida Author

Hi Peggy W. How nice that you think my gingerbread men are as cute as the professional's! Honestly, I think everyone love gingerbread men cookies, even the menfolk!

Thanks for sharing my little gingerbread men! Merry Christmas to you and yours, Mary


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mary615 24 months ago from Florida Author

Hi, pstraubie48 My children and grandchildren have always helped make the gingerbread me with me at Christmastime. They are already asking me when are we going to make these!!

It's always good to see you, too. Hope you have a wonderful Christmas, Mary


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mary615 24 months ago from Florida Author

Hi, ladyguitarpicker It pleases me that you would make some Gingerbread Men using my recipe! Your family (including hubby) will enjoy them.

So nice to meet you here! Mary


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rajan jolly 24 months ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

The Gingermen look so adorable. I think theu gingerbread is not too difficult to make but I'll have to look for meringue powder and molasses. I hope I can find them here.

Thanks for sharing this wonderful recipe.


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mary615 24 months ago from Florida Author

Hi there, rajan jolly. Thank you so much for your kind comment. No, these gingerbread men are not difficult at all to make and they are fun to make.

If you can't find meringue powder you can use a recipe for Royal Icing made with egg whites. I don't know of a substitute for molasses, though. I would Google that!

Thanks again, Mary


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Joyfulcrown 23 months ago

Mary you have inspired me to try this. Thanks


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mary615 23 months ago from Florida Author

Hi, Joyfulcrown. I am so happy I have inspired you to make some Gingerbread Men. They really are fun to make, and everyone loves them.

Thanks for reading and commenting, Mary


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Jackie Lynnley 23 months ago from The Beautiful South

Well it is just I might could tolerate that burn on my tongue if there was a good reason for it! lol It has been so long ago though I may have been a child; so I will indeed make some...maybe for New Years! I promise to try! Sharing again.


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oceansnsunsets 23 months ago from The Midwest, USA

Hi Mary, I love the story being retold, and the recipe you share! Thank you so much. Such a classic for sure. Voted up, useful, awesome, beautiful and interesting. Loved reading this Christmas Eve!


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AudreyHowitt 23 months ago from California

Happy holidays to you Mary!


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mary615 23 months ago from Florida Author

Hi, Jackie Lynnley One of my granddaughters came last night to decorate the gingerbread men I made for our family Christmas dinner today. They are just loved by everyone who gets one of these to eat!

I do hope you'll make some of these little GB men.

MERRY CHRISTMAS TO YOU AND YOURS, Mary


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mary615 23 months ago from Florida Author

Hi, and Merry Christmas, oceansnsunsets. There is just something very special about Gingerbread Men! My family would be disappointed if I didn't make these every year!

I'm happy you like them, too! Thanks for reading, commenting and the votes. My best for a wonderful Christmas Day, Mary


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mary615 23 months ago from Florida Author

Merry Christmas Day to you, Audrey! Thanks for reading about my Gingerbread Men. Wish I could share the ones I just made last night with you today, Mary


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randomcreative 22 months ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

I appreciate all of the detailed photos! Your gingerbread men look great and I'm sure they're very tasty, too. Thanks for sharing!


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mary615 22 months ago from Florida Author

Hi, randomcreative I'm happy you liked how we made Gingerbread Men. My children and grands love making these little men. Yes, they taste really good, too. Thanks so much, Mary

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