Gingerbread men (I’d say people, but I only have a male cutter) are a lot of work. Seriously. I started baking the suckers at 5pm, and only finished decorating them at 11pm! And I went to bed with a bit of a back ache (all that kneading)…
Despite the time and effort it takes to bake them, it’s totally worth it. They really do taste as amazing as they look! My recipe has exactly the right ratio of ground ginger to brown sugar to make these kids the perfect ginger cookies. My only change to the recipe was to add more butter while kneading, to make the mixture stick together better.
Decorating Gingerbread men is the most fun part. I used Brites from Woolies for eyes, buttons and belt buckles, and Royal Icing – which is perfect for piping (or twirling down from a spoon like I did – because it was late and I didn’t feel like cleaning my piping gun *blush*) because dries really quickly and is also super shiny! I actually poured the last of the icing – which I’d tinted dark purple for the zombie gore – over some leftover cupcakes. See how cool it looks here!
Okay, so here’s the best part of the whole exercise: Zombie Gingerbread Men! There are always a few guys who break their necks, arms or legs… It sucks, but I found a solution – decorate them to look like zombies! Then they make sense and aren’t so sad-looking… And if you are like me, and have a lot of friends who love zombies and hope to be near one when the Zombie Apocalypse hits, then these gory gingers will make them infinitely happy.
And because it was late at night and I had nothing better to do, I staged a cookie play with my Pastel People and the few who didn’t make it… Hope you enjoy my little play: Gingerbread Zombies
Want the recipe? Click here for Gingerbread Cookies and here for Royal Icing!
Happy, shiny Pastel People. Having an innocent little party… and then!
Zombie Gingerbread Men attack! “Urrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr…”
They pick off the Pastel People… one by one! Mwahahahaha!
But what’s this! One Pastel guy might just sneak away… Is he Woody Harrelson?
The Gingerbread Zombies aren’t as stupid as they look! They’re following Pastel Woody! “Urrrrrrrrrrrrr…”
Yay! Pastel Woody got away! Aw, don’t those Zombies look so sad? “Urrrrrrrr…”