These Easy Homemade Gingerbread Cookies are a must during the holidays… although my people like Gingerbread so much I’m happy to make them at other times of the year! (well… not so much in July).
Granted, my cookies look more like snowmen or ghosts than Gingerbread Men… but decorating was never my thing. The point is, these Gingerbread Men (or Gingerbread Ghosts! double duty for Halloween!) are made from a very Easy Gingerbread Cookie dough.
You can cut them into any shape you want….. stars, trees, dinosaurs… whatever.
The dough is fairly easy to mix up… then you let it sit in the fridge for 30 minutes…. roll… cut… bake… decorate.
Get the kids to decorate, they like doing that stuff….( unless of course you are one of those wildly artistic and creative people… in which case, could you please come to my house to decorate my cookies?) Get out the frosting, or the icing, and all the candy and sprinkles you have. This is the fun part! Have fun with it. Make it a family activity!
Or… hand the cookies and decoration stuff over to the kids, and go take a bubble bath. (you’ll have a super mess to clean up either way, so you might as well relax).
Easy Homemade Gingerbread Cookies
Cute Gingerbread Cookie Cutters
Step- By- Step Gingerbread Cookie Photo Instructions
Wrap Dough in Plastic
Form it to a Disk Shape..
Then stick it in the refrigerator
Start With A Blob This Big
Smaller is easier to manage for rolling out
Cut Out the Shapes
You Can Use Men if you want to
Ready To Bake
If You Want to Add Raisins or Nuts… Now”s the Time
Let Baked Cookies Cool On a Rack
Don’t Even THINK About Decorating Them Before they have Cooled
Simple Icing Recipe
Just a Starting Point… You Can Change it if You Like
Put 2 cups (more or less) into a flat bowl (like a soup bowl)… add a few tablespoons of Milk. Stir to combine. You are looking for something the texture of glue.
If it’s too thin… add more sugar. If it’s too thick… add more milk.
If you want it flavored… make it with another liquid, something like lemon juice or orange juice.
If you want it colored… add food color.
If you want it to be chocolate…. substitute 1/2 cup of unsweetened cocoa powder for 1/2 cup of powdered sugar.
I use a flat bowl so that I can dip the cookies into it.
Everyone In the Pool!
Drop the Gingerbread Face First into the Icing
Piping On a Face
Notice How I Have Prepared the Workspace by covering it with Waxed Paper… Makes clean up easier..
I added Candy Buttons while the icing was still wet….. But don’t pipe on the face until the icing is dry (or it will smear)