One of our advent calendar activities was to make gingerbread men cookies. The gingerbread men I grew up making are a little different then the cookie cutter variety. No rolling pin necessary.
As a kid I loved rolling the little guys out and adding my own twists and my kids do too. As you can see, they made snowmen and snakes as well.
We also get together with Grandma and cousins every year and use the same recipe to make gingerbread houses. The cookies have a delicious flavor and best part of all, they stay nice and soft. Yum.
Gingerbread Men Cookie Recipe
- 1/3 cup shortening
- 1/3 cup brown sugar
- 1 egg
- 2/3 cup honey
- 2 3/4 cup flour
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 2 teaspoons cinnamon
- 1 teaspoon ginger
Combine. to shape men — roll a ball for the head, one rope for arms, and one for legs. Place on greased cookie sheet. Bake at 375 degrees for 8 minutes.
To make into gingerbread houses, grandma triples the recipe and pats the dough into a large 15x10x1 cookie sheet. Bake for 20 minutes. Cut out house pieces, using frosting to hold the house together, and decorate.
I told my kids to pick out a Christmas movie for us to watch while sitting by the fireplace to enjoy our cookies with hot cocoa. They picked “It’s the Easter Beagle, Charlie Brown.” Silly kids. Guess I’ll have to get my Christmas movie fix by myself after the munchkins go to bed.
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