I've never made gingerbread men before. I would always look at recipes and think that it would be nice to make decorated cookies that looked liked the ones found at coffee shops. It was not until I went shopping with my little neighbour, The Goose, that I was propelled into action.
At random intervals during our excursion, he would say "I want gingerbread." These comments weren't directed at me or his mom. It was just a whispered longing of a spicy cookie he tried on a school trip last year.
After many failed attempts to placate him, he finally said he wanted to go to Bulk Barn and buy them because he saw them there. That got me listening. He really wanted gingerbread. No way was I letting him eat plastic wrapped cookies! I found a recipe and a cookie cutter and got to work.
Gingerbread is fantastic. The longer you leave the dough it in the refrigerator the more flavourful it gets. It rolled out beautifully and I made a small army of gingerbread men that was enjoyed all around. The Royal Icing was easy to apply and next year I think I'll use different colours. When I sent them to The Goose he called me back and said excitedly, "I don't like the gingerbread cookies. I LOVE THEM!" That made it all worth it.
Recipe: Gingerbread Cookies & Royal Icing