Decorating Gingerbread Men

Gingerbread cookies probably are at the top of my list of favorite Holiday cookies. There are so many ways to decorate gingerbread men but I thought these three were really cute ideas.

How about a gingerbread man hugging a tiny graham teddy bear? What a great idea coming from Christmas Cookies by Better Homes and Gardens. Are these ever cute!!!

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The second idea is using edible wafer paper which I purchased from Fancy Flours. I don’t necessarily like to promote different companies but bloggers ask where they can buy things. The vests are adorable and can be used on snowmen or any cookie cutter where they would fit, even Santa! See Gingerbread Men and Royal Icing for Cookies

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Using crushed candy and baking it within cookies is a good idea as they make great ornaments as well as being edible. The light shines through and really makes them special. I have used my biggest gingerbread man and cut out a heart and filled it with crushed red candy.

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Over the years I have collected many different cookie cutters; as of today only 35!

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Here are a few pictures of other gingerbread men.

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I also have different cake pans made out of this traditional fellow. See Gingerbread Man Cake and Old-Fashioned Gingerbread Cake for some recipes.


I have not included the many gingerbread house cookie cutters and cake pans but I have shared a picture of one of the gingerbread houses we made.

If you have been following my blog you also know I made gingerbread houses with my family for 20 years – this is one of them and I always include a couple of small gingerbread cookies. See Family Traditions for more pictures.

gingerbread-house-doughMy big Christmas tree is full of gingerbread related ornaments including my most valuable ornament, a Steuben gingerbread man. The picture also shows a Christopher Radko stocking ornament decorated with gingerbread men if you are a collector.

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A small kitchen tree filled with gingerbread and baking ornaments:


I’m taking these cute ways to decorate gingerbread men to Fiesta Friday.

23 thoughts on “Decorating Gingerbread Men

  1. Very nice! You’ve got some awesome decorating skills and how about that gingerbread house; I’m impressed.

    Happy Holidays to you and your family 🙂


  2. Such wonderful ideas for decorating the gingerbread men Judi. Such a special tradition too for making gingerbread houses for all those years. How lovely!


    • Thank you Loretta – I have fun making cookies and finding new ways to decorate them. The gingerbread houses were special as I made them all, put in a light and bought all of the candy except for the roofs. It was a great holiday tradition that Gene and I were sad to see end.


  3. I just love the gingerbread men holding the bears. How adorable! I really scaled my baking down this year. We used to make the houses and I’d have a tableful of teenagers having the best of times. I even cut and baked all the walls. Such awesome memories.


  4. Those cookies are beautiful Judi, I am not very good at that and you have mastered it. I also love gingerbread cookies but fall short when it comes to glamming them up. Merry Christmas and best wishes for a wonderfully amazing 2017!!


  5. I think you have certainly topped the cuteness factor with your gingerbread men, they are adorable. I’m pinning these for ideas for next year. Merry Christmas.


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