Friday, December 5, 2008

The Gingerbread Man

One of our Christmas traditions is to read a Christmas book to our children every night until Christmas starting on December 1st. One of our favorite books is the Gingerbread Man.

On this night after we read the book I tell the kids that I baked a gingerbread man and left it in the oven. When they look in the oven all they find is an empty pan. They have to follow a trail of gum drops to find the gingerbread man.

When they find him they are allowed to eat him! They always go for the frosting and candy first.

After the snack I let them decorate gingerbread men (cut out of card stock) with mini marshmallows, choc. chips, gumdrops and markers. Here is a picture of the craft.


Here is the gingerbread recipe I use. It fills the Wilton gingerbread man pan perfectly. You could also always just bake regular sized gingerbread men.

1 stick of butter
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 cup molasses
1 egg
2 cups flour
1 tsp. baking soda
1/4 tsp. salt
1 tsp. ginger
1 tsp. cinnamon
1/8 tsp. cloves

Beat butter with sugar and molasses. Mix in egg. Sift dry ingredients and mix into wet mixture. (If using a Wilton gingerbread man pan you can skip chilling the dough and spread it evenly into the greased pan) Chill in freezer 1 hour or refrigerator 2 hours. Heat oven to 350. Roll out portion of dough to 1/4 inch thick on lightly floured board. Chill remaining dough. Cut with cookie cutter, place on greased baking sheets. Bake 8-10 minutes. Cool.

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