You will love these gingerbread men because they have the perfect flavor – not too gingery, not too sweet, just right! You don’t want your gingerbread to be too super sweet so that you can add lots of frosting and candies to satisfy your sweet tooth!
This time of year brings so many memories and traditions. I can always remember decorating Christmas cookies with my family and even making gingerbread houses! Make sure you make time to create special memories with your family and friends this Christmas season.
Gingerbread men are so much fun to decorate with your children or a group of friends! My Life Group girls came over to my house Monday night and we decorated them together while we chatted and ate delicious snacks! We had lots of fun and throwing a gingerbread decorating party is super simple!
You can let your creative side out with these! Some of the girls got really artistic – making overalls on the men and cute little jumper dresses on the girls! We even used marshmallows as little gloves or shoes! No two gingerbread cookies looked anything alike!
You may find that it is best to make your cookies the day before. This saves time and ensures that they will be completely cooled and ready to decorate!
I used these toppings (you can go with whatever you like!):
- Red and Green M&Ms
- Red and Green Sugar
- Christmas Sprinkles
- Mini Marshmallows
- Chocolate Chips
- White Chocolate Chips
- Chewy Sweetarts
- 2 cans of Vanilla Frosting (I colored some of this with red and green food coloring)
These gingerbread cookies are so soft and delicious paired with yummy vanilla frosting and candy! Have some fun decorating with your family or friends and send us your pictures! J
Here is the recipe:
1 cup butter, softened (2 sticks)
1 cup sugar
¼ cup hot water
1 ½ teaspoons baking soda
1 cup molasses
5 ½ cups all-purpose flour
1 ½ tablespoons ground ginger
1 ½ teaspoons ground cinnamon
¼ teaspoon allspice
pinch of salt
parchment or wax paper
cookie cutter (I used a gingerbread boy and girl)
frosting and candies, to decorate!
I made this for Thanksgiving but thought about how pretty this would be for Christmas too. It’s super easy and was a big hit with my family. My friend, Donna Peele had this at a wedding reception and all of the “kitchen help” were back in the kitchen licking it off the plate and containers. Don’t worry, we were behind closed doors and we absolutely washed dishes before re-stocking dip.
It does make you appreciate some restaurants with “open kitchen” designs! Anyway, here is the recipe…
1 8oz. container cream cheese
1 container of caramel dip
1 bag of Heath bar pieces (they are already crushed)
Layer the above ingredients in a pretty dish, in that order and serve with red and green apple slices. (Remember to place apple slices in pineapple or lemon juice to avoid turning brown).
I told you it was super easy!!! But sometimes I think we make Christmas too complicated. We lose our focus throughout the holidays. We pay more attention to the trappings of Christmas and not to the reason why we actually celebrate…Jesus!!!! So, pencil Jesus into your December calendar before it fills up with unintentional things, keep focused on our Savior...the King of Christmas.
“Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you, He is Christ the Lord.” (Luke 2:11)
Blessings and Merry Christmas,
When my children were little, they loved to all pile into the car and drive around looking at the Christmas lights. They would ooh and aah over the lights, sing to the Christmas music playing in the car, and drink…milkshakes – or eat ice cream.
What can I say? We live in the south. They have never really acquired a taste for hot cocoa because truthfully, it’s just too darn hot to drink in 70+ degree weather. But there was always something in me that wanted to bundle them up and put a cup of warm cocoa in their little mittened hands.
I ran across this recipe for Hot Cocoa milkshakes a few years back. I wish I would have had it when they were little. I think it would have made the Christmas light sightseeing experience so much richer. At least it would have for me. Snow would have helped, too!
• 6 half-ounce pieces of your favorite chocolate
• 2 teaspoons hot chocolate mix
• 1 1/2 tablespoons sugar
• 1 1/2 cups milk
• 3 cups ice
• Whipped cream
• Chocolate shavings, candy canes, mini chocolate chips…whatever makes you feel Christmassy!
Break or chop the chocolate into small pieces and place it in the top of a double boiler over simmering water, stirring occasionally until melted. If you don’t have a double boiler, use a heavy saucepan and stir over low heat. Add the cocoa and sugar, stirring constantly until thoroughly blended. Remove from heat and slowly add 1/2 cup of the milk and stir until smooth. Cool to room temperature.
In a blender place the remaining cup of milk, the room temperature chocolate mixture, and the ice. Blend on high speed until smooth. Top with whipped cream and any other toppings you choose.
Hope you enjoy it,
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