How To Make Gingerbread Men

This Christmas classic is the perfect family activity for a chilly winter's afternoon. Bake up a batch of perfectly crisp gingerbread men, and then decorate the sweet, spiced cookies with your favorite toppings. Follow along to see how easy it is to make fun and festive gingerbread men for the holidays.

SHOW TRANSCRIPT

[MUSIC]. Hi, I'm Norman from the Southern Living Test Kitchen. Making gingerbread men is fun, festive, and super easy to do. Now this our Southern Living gingerbread dough that we have for this season. And, we just stuck it in the refrigerator and let it chill. And, now we take it out and put it on the lightly flavored surface, and, roll out the dough. We use a rolling pin, and we'll lightly dust this with flour. Now we roll this to about a quarter of an inch thick. To cut it, I just use a metal cutter, and you can use a plastic one if you find one. And this dough's also great cause you can reshape it, and re-roll it, to make more gingerbread, so all the scraps, you don't have to throw them away. Next, we'll transfer the gingerbread men to a parchment paper lined baking sheet, being sure to space them about two inches or so apart, that way they don't crowd each other when they bake. Now, we'll just slide these into the oven at 350 for about 15 to 18 minutes. Once these come out of the oven, transfer them to a cooling rack, and let them sit out for about thirty minutes, or until they're hardened and cool to the touch. You don't want them hot, cause it will melt the royal icing when you're trying to decorate them. So, I've made some royal icing and filling it into a plastic pastry bag. They're easy to manage, and they're inexpensive enough that you can throw them away. But, if you don't have these, feel free to use a heavy duty zip top freezer bag. If you haven't used a pastry bag in a while, or ever, it's great to go ahead and practice on a piece of parchment paper. That way you can draw out your designs, and get comfortable with the bag, and also work on your artwork a little. So to start, i like to create a border around the outside with it first. A good way to do it is to keep all the filling toward the palm of your hand, and then that way you have enough room to actually squeeze it and it comes out at fairly controlled rate. You just kinda want to let the icing drape. And, if you wanted to color the icing, you can just add a couple drops of your favorite color of food coloring, and have at it. [MUSIC] The most important thing about making gingerbread is to have fun. There's no right or wrong way to do it. You can make these as fun, or as serious as you like. It's great fun for the whole family. And, for more classic holiday recipes, be sure to visit southernliving.com. [MUSIC]
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