December 4: Gingerbread Men (and Women!)


It’s just not Christmas unless you make gingerbread. Even if you don’t like gingerbread, it’s like a law that you have to make something gingerbread-y, or you’ll sacrifice your ability to sing Christmas carols or look at decorations.

While I’m not a huge fan of gingerbread, I know it has it’s place. My friend Beth loves these, but never can have them because her mom is allergic to molasses and doesn’t ever make them.

(Side note: That might be the most interesting food allergy I’ve ever heard of.)

I made the dough last night, because you’re supposed to chill it in the fridge. When I rolled it out this morning, sugar plums were dancing in my head. There’s just something about an empty house on a December morning that makes you want to burn a Yankee Candle and make gingerbread men.

What, that’s just me?

Last year’s decorating attempt was comical. This is what happened in 2012:
Looks like Gingy had a stroke. So I turned it into these, which were supposed to be reindeer, but Larry Potter said they just looked like angry French men turned upside down.
I didn’t use quite as thin of an icing this year, so my attempts were a little better.
And because my church friends and relatives read this blog, I will refrain from posting two very special cookies, made at the request of my work friends. Just know that they exist and made me giggle like a 7th grade boy.

Mom’s Gingerbread Cookies
(from Gooseberry Patch Old-Fashioned Country Cookies)


1/2 c. shortening
2 1/2 c. all-purpose flour
1/2 c. sugar
1/2 c. molasses
1 egg
1 t. baking soda
1 t. ground ginger
1/2 t. ground cinnamon
1/2 t. ground cloves

Ingredients for Powdered Sugar Icing

1 c. sifted powdered sugar
1/4 t. vanilla
1 T. milk


1. Beat shortening until softened. Add molasses, sugar, and egg, beat again, and add spices and soda. Beat again and add half the flour.
2. Add the rest of the flour, mixing well.
3. Refrigerate for three hours
4. Roll dough to 1/4 inch thickness and cut out cookies.
5. Bake at 375 for 7-8 minutes, ice with powdered sugar icing.

Cookies today: 34
Cookies total: 115

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