Gingerbread men garland

Christmas time means… gingerbread!

Gingerbread houses, gingerbread cookies, gingerbread ornaments, gingerbread men…

Here’s another holiday project for your DIY pleasure (by Honestly Yum) using gingerbread dough to make a gingerbread men garland! If you’re not up for the challenge of building houses out of gingerbread, this recipe is for you. All you need is a gingerbread man cookie cutter to make the shapes and use a straw to create the holes. String some bright ribbon and you’ve got a festive garland just waiting to be strung on your Christmas tree.

Gingerbread recipe:

Ingredients: 3 1/3 cup all purpose flour; 1 teaspoon of cinnamon; 3/4 teaspoon of ground ginger; 1/4 teaspoon of salt; 1/2 cup and 2 tablespoons of brown sugar; 3/4 cup of corn syrup; 1/2 cup of butter

*Note: if you like the look of a darker gingerbread house, use dark brown sugar

Royal Icing Ingredients: 1/2 pound of powered sugar; 2 egg whites at room temperature; 1/8 teaspoon of cream of tartar

How to make:

Dough

  • Stir dry ingredients together in a large bowl
  • Combine corn syrup, white or brown sugar and butter in a saucepan
  • Stir constantly over medium heat until butter is melted
  • Stir liquid into flour mixture
  • Mix well using hands to mix as dough becomes stiff
  • Chill dough for half an hour
  • Roll dough into 1/8 inch thickness onto parchment paper
  • Cut into shapes
  • Remove the scraps and re roll into more dough to cut into shapes
  • Bake for 12-15 minutes or until golden brown at 350 degrees
  • Cool completely on a rack

Royal Icing

  • Sift the sugar into a bowl
  • Place egg whites into the bowl of a mixer. Add sugar and cream of tartar to whites while mixing
  • When all sugar is incorporated, turn mixer on high and beat until thick and very white, about 5-7 minutes
  • Cover the icing with a damp cloth until you use it because it dries very quickly
  • Pipe icing into a piping bag with a small tip

So let’s get them some shape, decorate them and place them on our Christmas tree. What do you say?

Roll dough and cut into shapes
Roll dough and cut into shapes
Puncture two holes using a straw
Puncture two holes using a straw
Bake and give them some clothing and expression
Bake and give them some clothing and expression
YAY! gingerbread DONE!
When the icing has completely dried, string a long ribbon through the holes. Our gingerbread garland is DONE!

 

 

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