How To Make Easy And Adorable Gingerbread Men: Complete Instructions And Recipe For Delicious Gingerbread
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
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 Cup Dark Molasses (I like Grandma’s)
1/2 Cup Granulated Sugar
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
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
The Dry Ingredients For The Gingerbread Men
Five Dough Balls Ready To Be Rolled Out For The Gingerbread Men
Ready to Roll out the Balls Between Waxed Paper
Two Gingerbread Men Cut Out And Ready To Bake
These Gingerbread Men Are Ready To Bake
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
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.
The Gingerbread Men Are All Decorated
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.
Would you like to make Gingerbread Men For Christmas?
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A Great Video On Making Gingerbread Men
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