December 20, 2007

You Can't Catch Me...

I am looking for a gingerbread man recipe. I’m looking for a GREAT gingerbread man recipe. If you think you can help, I am asking you to do one of two things.

If you are a blogger, if you can post your recipe and then send me the link, I’ll put the links up on Sunday.

If you are not a blogger, or you just don’t want to put it on your blog, if you can email it to me at boudicah at hotmail dot com (you know the drill with the ‘at’ and ‘dot’), I will post it for everyone to see or not post if you prefer not. Let me know your preference as to posting or not.

TGOO and my kids love to make gingerbread men together. It’s their thing. However, we have yet to find a gingerbread man recipe we like. TGOO has been pulling them off the internet every year and they’re ‘ok’. Nothing to blog about. He was thinking of buying a mix this year and I said, “NO! Wait! I’ll blog and see if my readers can help!”

So there you have it. We are in need of a recipe.

Thank you in advance!

And yes… in case you were wondering… and this should have been a done deal in your mind… occasionally the boys make their cookies anatomically correct. I think this is a male thing. I have yet to see a little girl decorate a gingerbread cookie and add a hoo hoo. I have yet to meet a boy who hasn’t added a weenie.

Go figure. Heh.

Posted by Boudicca at December 20, 2007 10:02 PM | TrackBack

The one we use is for the ginger cookies out of Better Homes and Gardens cook book. My kids like them. In fact, I can now only make them at Christmas time, since Arthur said they "smell like Christmas"! Do you have this recipe?

Posted by: Peggy U at December 21, 2007 12:54 AM

Funny you should post this. I have my Betty Crocker cookbook out right now & have started to measure the dry ingredients for gingerbread cookies. My son has been asking to make them for WEEKS! Will post the recipe later if it's a keeper!

Posted by: Marie at December 21, 2007 08:41 AM

I wish I had a recipe for you - but I am sure others will come through!

I have been chucking over the idea of gingerbread weenies all day....

Posted by: Richmond at December 21, 2007 04:47 PM

Feel free to blow this off, but its a very inexpensive way for blog fodder.

See my blog for details..."The Christmas Meme"

Posted by: Jay- the friendly neighborhood piper at December 21, 2007 05:19 PM

Peggy and Marie- I have neither of these recipes! Please send!

Richmond- I may have three so far... I'm keeping my fingers crossed. Oh yes, weenies complete with gold balls. Its lovely... really. ;-)

Jay- GRRRR. Actually, I saw this at Richmond's and was going to pilfer it... so now I'll just do it for sure! ;-)

Posted by: Bou at December 21, 2007 06:20 PM

You should make meat loaf gingerbread men. I bet the boys would gladly eat them for dinner.

Posted by: Toluca Nole at December 21, 2007 07:49 PM

Rolled Ginger Cookies

1 cup shortening
1 cup granulated sugar
1 egg
1 cup molasses
2 Tbsp. vinegar
5 cups sifted all-purpose flour
1-1/2 tsp. baking soda
1/2 tsp. salt
2 to 3 tsp. ground ginger
1 tsp. ground cinnamon
1 tsp. ground cloves

Cream shortening and sugar. Beat in egg, molasses, and vinegar. Sift together dry ingredients; blend in. Chill 3 hours.

Roll dough 1/4 inch thick on lightly floured surface. Cut in shapes. Place 1 inch apart on greased cookie sheet. Bake at 375 degrees F for 5 to 6 minutes. Cool slightly. Remove to rack. Makes about 5 dozen.


This is the recipe we use every year. Now here's where I deviate. I throw in more cinnamon and less ginger than it calls for. I'm too lazy to sift and too impatient to chill. If the dough isn't stiff enough to roll out, I add flour until it is. Sometimes I throw in a little vanilla or lemon juice, just for the hell of it. I have also been known to guesstimate on the salt, baking soda, etc. if I can't find my one and only teaspoon measure. And I'm pretty sure I roll the dough out a little thicker, and I've NEVER greased a cookie sheet! Also, given that I roll the dough thicker, I let them cook longer (from 8 to 11 minutes, or until they look kind of light brown on the edges)and then I let them cool on the cookie sheet. Ok, I don't follow directions so well!

We always use those little red hots, or cinnamon candies, for their mouths and buttons. We use chocolate chips for eyes. Don't ever put a gumdrop on before baking - they melt, and not in a pretty way!

Sometimes we modify the gingersnap recipe from the same cook book. There is brown sugar in that recipe, so it is a little different. I can send that one along later if you'd like. Merry Christmas!!!

Posted by: Peggy U at December 21, 2007 11:57 PM

Here you go!

They're yummy! My family approves.

Posted by: Marie at December 22, 2007 09:56 AM

TN- Let me guess. They could use 'meat balls' instead of those gold balls for decoration...

Peggy- Good Lord you crack me up. TGOO was reading your comment aloud today at breakfast and we were laughing hysterically.

Marie- THANK YOU!!!! Whooo hooo!

Posted by: Bou at December 22, 2007 02:18 PM

No gingerbread cookie recipe here, but I have a hell of a popcorn ball recipe. Just ask Morrigan! ;-)

Posted by: Sissy at December 22, 2007 06:03 PM

Sorry- I can't quit laughing over hoo hoo and weenie.....

I wonder...who ever thought of naming it hoo hoo? Does it echo?


Posted by: Rave at December 23, 2007 08:59 AM