I LOVE Christmas and everything involved with it….especially the decorating and baking. I always go a bit overboard considering it is just the Hubs and me, but it makes me so happy that I go for it every year anyway.
It has been at least 15 years ago that I started using gingerbread men as ornaments for my tree. Originally I needed ornaments for the tree and didn’t have a lot of money to spend on them so gingerbread men seemed like the perfect solution. For just a few bucks one batch of gingerbread makes 4-6 dozen ornaments and at the time that was all I could afford. Little did I know I would love them so much and get so many compliments on them that it would become a tradition I would carry on for so long!
When I first made these there was no such thing as Pinterest…..what a sad world it was……there was however Martha Stewart Living Magazine for inspiration. I had no idea what I was doing so I figured Martha Stewart’s gingerbread recipe was as good a place to start as any and at that time she practically walked on water in my eyes…..what happened to her anyway?? Whatever….she is still pretty amazing where ever she is I am sure!
Her gingerbread was beautifully decorated with royal icing and edible glitter and was really quite something. I wasn’t shooting for anything quite that elaborate….just some simple gingerbread people with maybe some cloves for eyes and buttons.
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I followed her recipe exactly and came out with dozens of little gingerbread people. I ran out of cloves part of the way through so then I just used a skewer to poke little holes for eyes and buttons and I sort of liked that better. From that time on, that was what I did until I got really lazy and just left them plain. I also poke a hole in the top of their little heads to attach a hanger. I used raffia at first but now I use red ribbon ornament hangers.
Keep in mind I have only had to make these a few times for my tree in all those years. Each year I just put those suckers in my Rubbermaid tub and take them back out again the next year and use them again. Naturally, some of them don’t survive….legs are lost and heads are sometimes snapped off. It is all very tragic, but most of them are just fine. They don’t get moldy or soggy or anything….I have no idea why….I feel like I should know that being a science teacher and all but in all honesty I just don’t know nor do I really care as long as they keep surviving. Here is how they turned out…..
Eventually I found a super cute cookie cutter set at Crate and Barrel with an entire gingerbread family including a dog and a house…well you know I HAD to have it. It makes much cuter gingerbread people and the dogs are beyond adorable!
The cookies are also really delicious if you don’t want to hang them on the tree. I make them almost every year as a yummy gift for friends and neighbors and they are a big hit!
Warning…..because these are so delicious, if they are hanging too low on the tree and you have little bad dogs like me they might start to disappear from the tree. LOL I only hang these on the top 2/3 of the tree and use other ornaments for the bottom.
Have a Great One All!