Bubbly Gingerbread People!

I made these little gingerbread ladies and gentlemen to give to my work colleagues as a little xmas gift last year. The year before I made shortbread and attempted to beautify them with royal icing but experienced an epic fail, and so I was majorly surprised at how pretty these gingerbread gems turned out this time round!

To decorate, I used royal icing plus some Wilton’s Christmas Decorating Sprinkles that I picked up at a random baking store in the city. They’re such pretty sprinkles that it’s a shame I can really only use them once a year. I also managed to misplace most of my food dye colors and could only locate my red (from all that red velvet baking) and yellow (no idea why this one wasn’t with the rest of the pack) and so my gingerbread kids were only decked out in white, red and yellow. Fortunately the green from the sprinkles broke out the shades – otherwise I would have had gingerbread babies looking like McDonald’s ambassadors! I also realised that once I piped the white dots as eyes, the gingerbread all looked a bit freaky, so I decided to add a dot of melted milk chocolate as the eyes.  For the remaining melted chocolate, I dipped the gingerbread heads in it to try replicate some hair.

Decorating the gingerbread was so much fun! In total I think I spent about 2 hours decorating, but I found I was running out of clothing to dress them up in – hence the bikinis and some naked ones! Do you have any other ideas for me next time? What do you dress your gingerbread kiddies in? I’d like to hear your thoughts and ideas 🙂

Gingerbread Men Recipe

Recipe slightly adapted from Glorioustreats.blogspot.com

I rolled out my dough about 1cm thick and pressed approx. 35 gingerbread men

3 cups flour
1/2 tablespoon baking power
1/2 tablespoon ground ginger
1/2 tablespoon ground cinnamon
1/2 tablespoon ground nutmeg
1/2 tablespoon ground cloves
55 grams of butter at room temperature
1/2 cup of treacle
1/2 cup of brown sugar
1 egg
1 teaspoon of vanilla extract

  • In a large mixing bowl, place all the dry ingredients together (flour, baking powder, and all the spices)
  • In the bowl of your electric mixer,  beat the butter until smooth.  Add the brown sugar, treacle, egg and vanilla
  • Gradually stir the dry ingredients into the wet mixture until they are fully incorporated
  • Divide the dough into 2 pieces
  • Wrap the dough in plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least 3 hours (I refrigerated mine overnight)
  • When dough has chilled, preheat oven to 180C.
  • On a lightly floured surface, roll the dough out to desired thickness (I rolled mine out approx 1cm thick)
  • Cut into desired shapes with cookie cutters
  • Place cookies at least 2cm apart on a baking tin lined with baking paper – be warned; the cookies do expand!
  • Bake for approx 10 to 12 minutes
  • Once ready, move to cooling rack and cool completely before decorating

Royal Icing Recipe

1 egg white
1 cup of icing sugar
1/2 teaspoon of vanilla extract (optional)
food coloring to your choice

  • Beat the egg white with an electric beater until stiff peaks form
  • Gradually add in the sifted icing sugar and vanilla
  • Beat to combine

Some of my tips with royal icing:

– Be sure to cover the icing when not in use – I kept my icing in the mixing bowl and covered the mixing bowl with a damp tea towel

– Make sure that the mixing bowl and beaters are free from grease before beating the egg whites – if the utensils and equipment are oily, it will stop the egg whites from forming stiff peaks

– Have fun!

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Comments

  1. I can finally view your blog! The photos look amazing, yum! The two-piece bikini’s look really cute and the suspenders 😀

    Can’t wait until your next post. Until then, keep baking!

  2. aww thanks gorogoro (lol) 🙂
    I’ll be sure to dress some up for you when I visit you next – I’ll try deck them out in Kimono’s of some sort haha!

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