Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Gingerbread, Tresses and Ties

This is the best recipe for gingerbread cookies that I have ever tried:

1 C. Butter                                                     1-1/2 tsp. baking soda 
1 C. Sugar                                                      1/2 tsp. salt 
1 egg                                                              1 T. ginger
1 C. Molasses                                                1 tsp. cinnamon
2 Tbls. vinegar                                               1 tsp. cloves (ground)
5 C. flour

Cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy, add egg, molasses
and vinegar.  Sift dry ingredients together and add to butter and
sugar mixture.   Mix well.
 On a greased cookie sheet, bake at 375 degrees for 8-10 minutes.

We, my daughter Jessica and I, made the tresses for the gingerbread
people, ( is that politically correct?  :-) ) by using a garlic press.

I put brown food coloring in some of the cookie dough to make
the brown hair.

Wallah!! brown hair for the cookies.

Jessica cut out little ties for the gingerbread men.

Hungry onlookers kept vigil over the proceedings...
(Jessica's sons, Isaac and Eric)

Roll out on a floured surface, cut out your shapes
bake and we are ready to frost....

Just confectioners sugar, milk or cream and
your choice of food colorings. We like to
paint ours on.  And sprinkles of course...

Isaac and Eric liked this one because he looks like he is
 praising the Lord.

Doesn't she look nice with those cute bows in her hair.

They each get placed in a little snowflake celophane bag
with a sticker on the back.

 I have this cute wooden handled
winter decorated box that is perfect to keep them in.
They are ready to be passed out to my grandchildren,
 students and friends.


  1. How cute. I never thought of adding "tresses" to my gingerbread people. But I do have a pastry tip that would certainly do the trick. ;)

    Thanks for linking to Time Travel Thursday again this week. I hope you have a wonderful Christmas!

    Liz @ The Brambleberry Cottage

  2. So Very Sweet... coming over from Time Travel Thurs.. Also signing up to be your newest follower... :) Would love to invite you over to my party http://shoprubyjean.com/2011/12/sew-crafty-tuesday-linky-2-and-highlights/

  3. These are so cute! Love the hair. :)

  4. Yummy!! Thanks for the recipe!!! I loved reading your bio - you have soooo much energy and talent! 18 grandchildren!! Now that will be a Merry Christmas. Enjoying your blog and darn right I am going to be a follower. Have fun this Christmas with your wonderful family!

  5. Thanks so much for linking up and hosting my button. I really like your blog too btw...newest follower!


  6. Oh my, these are soooo cute. Very well dressed gingerbread people indeed. I absolutely love how dapper and dandy they all look. :)

    Tracy Screaming Sardine

  7. Darling cookies and oh, so much fun to bake with your daughter and the little ones!

  8. These are so lovingly detailed! The hair is amazing.... LOVE it!

  9. Super cute! The hair is great!

  10. These are my favorite gingerbread cookies! So cute and rustic looking! Love how you made her hair..brilliant! Pinning it!

  11. These are the fanciest little gingerbread people I've ever seen! What a fun project!

  12. These are WONDERFUL!!! How cute!

  13. Love gingerbread cookies! Yours are so cute! Thanks so much for linking up at Sweet Temptations!

  14. These are the most beautiful gingerbread cookies I've ever seen! Thanks for sharing at A Crafty Soiree... I'm your newest follower ( -:

  15. These look DELISH.. Very creative.. LOVE. I would LOVE for you to please link it via my Pin'Inspirational Thursday Party Pweeease..It's happening right now via http://theartsygirlconnection.blogspot.com/2011/12/pininspirational-thursday-14-linky.html . Hope you can stop in.. Cheers to a HAPPY NEW YEAR.. ~

  16. Too, toooo cute!

    And they look so yummy too!

    I love the pic of your littles staring at them expectantly. : )

    Would also love for you to stop by for a visit!

    P.S. I'm your newest follower! : )

    ~Abbie (www.fivedaysfiveways.com)

  17. Love those ginger breads. You now have given me an idea on how to go about icing, very clever.
    //Anette :-)

  18. so thoughtful and sooooo sweet.

    visiting via brambleberry cottage and invite you to my giveaway here:


    smiles to you.