23 December 2010

Gingerbread Inspired Activities

We've been reading The Gingerbread Man a lot lately, and it's made me want to do some gingerbread-themed crafts with Ellie.  Below is a compilation of a few I've found that look like fun.

Linda at Natural Suburbia has a great tutorial on how to sew a felt gingerbread man Christmas ornament.

Elsie Marley has a great pattern for this hilarious half-eaten gingerbread man. Check out cute way the buttons are sewn on. 

Cooks.com has a slew of gingerbread cookie recipes. Here's my favorite (because it has the fewest and most common ingredients).

Gingerbread Men Cookies

½ C. butter
¾ C. molasses
2 T. sugar
2 C. flour
¾ t. salt
1 t. soda
1 t. cinnamon
¾ t. ginger
1 egg

Cream butter, molasses and sugar. Beat in egg; add dry ingredients. Chill dough about 2 hours. Roll out 1/8 inch thick. Cut with gingerbread man cookie cutter. Bake at 350 degrees 8-10 minutes.

No good gingerbread recipe is complete without the perfect gingerbread man cookie cutter.  I have a modern one (like the one in the felt ornament tutorial) but I remember my grandma's old cookie cutter.  When I think of making gingerbread cookies, it's the one I think of.  You can find retro cookie cutters like this one here:


although Gram's looked more like this:

When I was little, Gram would get all of her granddaughters together (the whopping 4 of us) to spend an afternoon decorationg gingerbread houses.  We used graham crackers instead of gingerbread which was much easier.  Since it's been years since I've made one, I couldn't remember how to cut the crackers to form the house.  One Charming Party has a great post on how to make these (along with how to throw a gingerbread house decorating party).

Blisfully Domestic shows you how to make a gingerbread man garland out of a recycled grocery bag. 


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