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Gingerbread Man


At Christmastime, I bake gingersnaps. The Captain’s mother, the Admiral, always made gingersnaps for Christmas. It was my job to take up the flag, as it were, and carry on the tradition. I’m getting better, but they’re never as good as the Admiral’s. One thing she always did was to make a gingerbread man from the last bit of leftover dough.  As I made the gingersnaps today, the last bit of dough looked to me like the shape of a deer’s head, so I cut out the rest of its shape. Then I still had enough to make a gingerbread man. This year my man has a broken leg so I gave the gingerbread man an aircast boot and two crutches. He looks a bit ghoulish but I’m sure he felt that way in his first days of hobbling around, so maybe it’s appropriate.dscn7600

If you’re feeling inspired to make gingersnaps (and why wouldn’t you feel inspired after seeing these? – If I can do it, anyone can) the recipe follows:


Put in pot and let come to boil:

1 c. butter

1 c. molasses (I like fancy molasses but the other kinds work too.)

½ c. brown sugar

I let it boil for about a minute, stirring all the time. Remove from heat. Put in bowl. Be careful. The boiled syrup is VERY hot.


1 tsp. baking soda

1 tsp. ground ginger

3 – 3 ½ c. flour

*Candied ginger pieces can be added to the dough.  Also grated fresh ginger root may be added.

Cool in fridge for a few hours or overnight. I divide the dough into four pieces and then cool it. Otherwise it becomes a challenge to roll out as one big piece. The dough will be quite hard but don’t give up when you roll it out. Slice or cut with cookie cutter.

No need to butter the cookie sheet as the dough is buttery enough.

Bake at 350* for 8 minutes.

The cookies freeze well so it’s easy to haul out a few when friends drop in.

Author: wordsfromanneli

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30 thoughts on “Gingerbread Man

  1. Yum and fun! Thanks for sharing 🙂 H xx

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  2. ooh, i’ve never made these and i love the unique ones you made –

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  3. I guess it’s time I started thinking about baking Christmas biscuits. My gingerbread dough is similar but has more spices in it. The biscuits are soft, not like snaps.

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  4. Lebkuchen – the season has arrived 🙂

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  5. WOW..has the Admiral had a “gander” at these cookies?
    Love the crutches and that smile:)
    Save some please XX

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  6. They look and sound delicious. Nice flourish with the last two!

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  7. That’s a great tradition!

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  8. Ohhhhh, Gingerbread Men! What a delight. Those remind me of Christmas in my youth, when we had them at home. My mother loved them on black bread [the real “Schwarzbrot”], with plenty of butter.

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  9. Please save some for me (I am not good at baking. I love your clumsy gingerman with the long long arms!

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  10. These look wonderful and very delicious! It’s a baking day today, so I must add these to my list! I am inspired to try this recipe. I had to laugh at the gingerbread man with the “crutches”. 😀 I have to say that it did remind me of an ape-like creature! As far as the deer goes, I thought you meant to darken the hooves a little. 😀 Good job!

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  11. LOL Tell the Captain it’s a pretty good representation!!!

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  12. Great recipe, need to give it a go!

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  13. hahaha, I love your whimsical sense of humor! Very cute, both of them. And I love your MIL’s name, The Admiral! That’s great!

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  14. Ha, that was cute to make one in the shape of the Captain. Hope he’s recovering well. I’ve never made ginger snaps before. I’ll have to try these.

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