They're crazy silly and maybe even a bit naughty. But they'll be the life of the party!
Blogger GourmetMom did these cookies for us a few years back and we loved them so much we just had to update them for this year!
I think a long time ago, someone in charge of holiday cheer – probably Santa, or maybe Burl Ives – issued an edict that you must make gingerbread people this time of year.
I happily comply for the aroma alone. But there is no law that requires you to make obedient gingerbread people. It only takes chopping off a leg or bending the arms a bit to make these folks a little sillier. A few holes or bite marks and a simple icing expression do the trick!
While I take the gingerbread cookie edict to heart, I do balk at the inconvenience of making and decorating gingerbread cookies – what with all the spices and molasses and extracts and oh so many ingredients. I shall never hesitate again, because there is Betty Crocker gingerbread cookie mix. I bought three bags of it, and seriously considered buying the whole lot at the store.
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Between the cookie mix, the decorating icing and the decors (all found at the supermarket), these are so easy to make, I almost feel like I’m cheating. But these brought me holiday cheer – and fast, at that – so, mission accomplished! I already had the candy eyes on hand, but you can also pipe eyes with white and black decorating icing.
Mix up your gingerbread cookie mix according to the package directions. To make rolling even easier, cover the dough with plastic wrap and refrigerate for 15 to 30 minutes.
Then roll out the dough on a lightly floured surface, about 1/4-inch thick. Use a gingerbread boy cookie cutter to cut out your people, and then get silly with them.
I used a 1/2-inch circle cookie cutter to make holes (though you can use a knife or the big end of a decorating tip). Cut bite marks off their sides. Cut off arms or legs. Or, pose the cookies. Place on a parchment paper-lined baking tray and bake according to the directions until the edges are set.
When the cookies cool, use Betty Crocker Decorating Icing (white, red and green used here), decors and candy eyes (if desired) to decorate your cookies. To adhere the decors and candy eyes to the cookies, use dabs of the icing.
Did you know gingerbread people bleed sprinkles? To attach the decors to the severed limbs, pipe a bit of icing on the edges and cover with the sprinkles. The red belly buttons are cinnamon dots.
Aww. These folks are a little embarrassed to be naked. I used pink Decors Stars for their blush.
Uh oh! I’m not sure if I’d rather have a hole through my middle or an extra hole in my head.
I feel bad for the guy, but taking a bite out of a gingerbread cookie is an inevitable thing.
Now that's a cookie plate giggle!