“Not my gumdrop buttons!” Whenever I think of gingerbread men of course that line from Gingy (on Shrek) always comes to mind. Gingerbread cookies are such a Christmas classic and it’s about time I finally got around to sharing a recipe! I’ve always loved gingerbread cookies but I’m not so much of a fan of the cracker-like ones so I made these to be a softer cookie (just be sure not to over-bake them). If you do prefer a crispier cookie just roll the dough a bit thinner than listed and even bake a little longer if needed.
These cookies were so fun to decorate, every holiday season you need to decorate at least one batch of cookies right? My kids got my first test batch to decorate and I gave them tons of sprinkles to decorate and they were in Heaven! It’s always one of my favorite crafty things to do with my kids – I mean duh, a craft that you can eat? It’s a no brainer. If you’d prefer not to make royal icing you could also use a buttercream icing or you could even use a store-bought icing (but keep in mind you won’t be able to stack them). This icing really is easy to make though, the key is just in getting the right consistency so be careful no to add too much or too little water and let it whip up for a fair amount of time until it has a nice sheen to it. Keep in mind it does make a lot of icing so you you are only doing the gingerbread men you would probably only need 1/2 to 2/3 of the recipe listed because they don’t need as much icing as the snowflakes or Christmas trees. Another fun idea is to turn the gingerbread men upside down and they become shapes for reindeer.
I made these cookies to be a little more mild on the molasses flavor and spices so they’ll still be kid friendly. These are so good and they are indeed a cookie that both young and old alike will love. I loved that the dough was easy to work with and doesn’t need a long time to chill. And of course I also love the scent in the kitchen when I was making them – real gingerbread scent is dreamy.
I hope these make it to your holiday cookie tray! The are such a delicious tradition and we all need a good, reliable Gingy recipe! Read more »