Little Gingerbread Men

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I have been baking all morning, and I’m LOVING it!  I made tons of lovely little gingerbread men for gifts.


I used a Martha Stewart recipe for both the gingerbread cookies and the Royal Icing


The icing was amazing.  It was thicker than my favorite cupcake icing recipe, and it dried hard.


Do you know how hard it was not to shove that icing straight into my mouth!?


I basically made myself a little army of gingerbread men — over 60 cookies in total!


The trick is you have to let the dough freeze for about 30 minutes.  It also helps to stick the roller and the cookie sheets in the freezer, too.


Once the men are on the cookie sheet, place it back in the fridge for another 15 minutes before baking (yes, it’s a long process!).


Once everyone was iced and cool, I package the men into little plastic bags.


I also made Stars and Christmas Trees.


I ended up eating one gingerbread man, one star, and LOADS of raw batter! 🙂


While cooking, I snacked on Honey Bunches of Oats cereal….


And afterwards, I had a light lunch of salad and a piece of WW bread with cheddar cheese.



I had a lighter lunch because honestly…. I feel like I got my fair share of gingerbread-related calories this AM! 🙂


It was fun to do a baking spree.  I love that recipe and will definitely use it again next year!


Off to the gym! See you for dinner.



  • Erica December 23, 2008, 12:59 pm

    GREAT work! They look just perfect! Glad you enjoyed the baking 😉

  • Halie December 23, 2008, 1:05 pm

    You did a great job! Very fun baking excursion! Enjoy the gym!

  • Kristina December 23, 2008, 1:14 pm

    Those cookies look so good! Great job! 🙂

  • Lida December 23, 2008, 1:16 pm

    twins once again…. i also baked gingerbread men… actually, they ended up being gingerbread leaves because those were the only cookie cutters i had. only i haven’t eaten any yet… i was saving them for later indulgences.

  • therunningaddict December 23, 2008, 1:21 pm

    I LOVE your gingerbread cookies!!!

  • VeggieGirl December 23, 2008, 1:31 pm

    GINERBREAD MEN GALORE!!!!!!!!! My favorite Christmas cookie 🙂

  • tfh December 23, 2008, 1:56 pm

    Beautiful cookies!

  • ashley (sweetandnatural) December 23, 2008, 2:03 pm

    Cute cookies! My sister and I saw some in the grocery store yesterday that were called “Gingerbread Gentleman.” I thought that was sweet. 🙂

  • Runeatrepeat December 23, 2008, 2:06 pm

    I really enjoyed reading the story of your DQ. I can’t imagine how difficult and scary your first open water swim was! I would totally freak out. I don’t even like running in certain places that look like “alligator territory” when I am in FL!

  • Anonymous December 23, 2008, 2:08 pm

    Ooo I’m baking cookies tonight!

    May I ask how did you pipe the icing onto your cookies? Ziplock bag?

  • Caitlin (see bride run) December 23, 2008, 2:15 pm

    lida- twins again! gingerbread leaves sound good, too 🙂

    runeatrepeat – aww thanks.

    anon – i use a piping bag with a piping tip, but you can always just put the icing in a ziploc bag and cut a tiny tip off one of the corners. the royal icing recipe i used was so dense and thick that i broke FOUR piping bags while making the cookies!!

  • K December 23, 2008, 3:05 pm

    OH MY – they should go in Martha’s magazine! They’re gorgeous!!

  • Meghann December 23, 2008, 3:40 pm

    Thank you for the Gingerbread men! They were really yummy! My family immediately ate up all of the ones you sent me home with. 🙂

  • emily December 23, 2008, 3:56 pm

    those are amazing looking! what a nice gift to get!

  • Chic Runner December 23, 2008, 4:28 pm

    All those cookies are too cute! Good work, and gosh, there are sure a ton of them. 🙂 You’ve been a baking machine!

  • jenngirl December 23, 2008, 4:31 pm

    those gingerbread men are adorable! haha an “army” 🙂

  • Rose December 23, 2008, 4:55 pm

    Those cookies are cute! IS that a Foodbuzz spatula?

  • teenageveggiehead December 23, 2008, 5:08 pm

    aww your gingerbread people look so cute and yummy!

  • D10 December 23, 2008, 5:28 pm

    Very cute. I am sure everyone will enjoy them.

  • HangryPants December 23, 2008, 6:16 pm

    These are so cute. They look professional. I love how you individually wrapped them.

  • Mica December 23, 2008, 9:48 pm

    I love all your cute gingerbread men! It’s like a little army of friends…that you can eat!

  • ChickPea December 23, 2008, 11:09 pm

    Those gingerbread men are *almost* too cute to eat!

  • Amanda (Two Boos Who Eat) December 24, 2008, 8:34 am

    Your cookies turned out great! Mine always end up looking too puffy and not like men at all.

  • Caitlin (see bride run) December 24, 2008, 9:19 am

    amanda – i think the key is putting the cut cookies back into the fridge on the cookie sheet for another 15 minutes 🙂

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