Many of the Christmas traditions we share in America came from Europe. One of the tastiest traditions includes making gingerbread houses and people. Queen Elizabeth I of England is supposedly credited with the idea of shaping gingerbread into little men as it is documented that she served gingerbread men in the likenesses of important dignitaries at a holiday celebration.
In Germany, gingerbread cookies have been served at fairs and festivals for centuries. Germans are credited with the creation of the gingerbread house which was most likely inspired by the witch’s candy cottage in the tale of “Hansel and Gretel”.
Gingerbread men and houses lend themselves to Christmas tradition with their fun designs and delicious candy decorations. Take a trip to Europe this Christmas season by creating a gingerbread-looking decoration!
What You Need:
1 cup Whole Wheat Flour*
¼ cup Salt
2/3 cup Water
Gingerbread Man Cookie Cutter or Butter Knife
Food Coloring/Sharpies/Acrylic Paint (optional)
*We used whole wheat flour to give a brown color to our decorations, but any all-purpose flour will work
What You Do:
1) Mix flour, salt and water in a bowl and knead until mixed into a soft dough
2) Sprinkle flour on a hard surface and evenly flatten the dough ball with your hands
3) Use a cookie cutter or butter knife to cut out your gingerbread man…family…or village!
4) Use the end of a paintbrush or a toothpick to make a hole at the top of your gingerbread man so it can be placed on an ornament hanger after drying
If you have extra dough, you can color it with food coloring:
– Create a small bowl out of a piece of the dough
– Squeeze about 5-6 drops of food coloring into the dough bowl
– Knead and fold the dough ball until all of the color has mixed in
Use the colored dough to make hair, facial features and clothes for your figure
No extra dough? Use acrylic paint or Sharpie markers to decorate.
The gingerbread dough man possibilities are up to your imagination!
Show us your gingerbread creation!!