Monday, December 6, 2010

Gingerbread Art For Decorating

 One of the nicest little Christmas decorations you could make for tree ornaments,  embellishment to packages, or your home are gingerbread art ornaments.  They are made out of edible ingredients but, they are for decoration only.  This recipe for Gingerbread Art, I clipped out of the St. Louis Post Dispatch years ago and I have made them for several years.  They are a great project for the kids and everyone will appreciate the smell they add to the holidays baking in the oven.  Here are a few other ways I have used them.

They look great on gifts.

They make great ornaments.

They are wonderful added to a wreath, but be sure not to hang it outside, the moisture in the air will make the gingerbread fall apart.

Here I just added the gingerbread to a vignette.
Gingerbread Art

Dough ingredients:

6 3/4 cups of bread flour
1 TB ground cinnamon
2 TSP ground ginger
1/2 TSP salt
1 1/2 cups dark corn syrup
1 1/2 cups brown sugar
1 cup margarine

Place all dry ingredients in a mixing bowl and set aside.  On medium heat, combine margarine and corn syrup in a heavy saucepan, melt together with brown sugar.  Add warm liquid to dry ingredients mix well.  If dough is too loose, add flour.  If it's too stiff, add water until the desired consistency is achieved (like play dough).  The dough should be firm and elastic.  Remove dough from the mixer and wrap in plastic, to keep from drying out.  Roll to the desired thickness (about 1/4") on the desired work space.  Place rolled dough on a cookie sheet and place in the refrigerator.  This will allow the dough to stiffen and not stretch when cut out.  After cutting the pattern, bake in a preheated oven at 350 degrees  for 10-15 minutes or until edges turn light brown.  (About 12 minutes works for me.)  Also, don't forget to put a hole in the top of the ornament.  I use a straw to punch out just the right size hole to hang them by, shown below.

Important:  Let the gingerbread dry out for several days before you begin assembly.

I painted the eyes, hair, mouth, and buttons with bright white shiny dimensional fabric paint.  First, I dust all traces of flour off the cookie and the paint sticks really well.  Storage method would depend on the success of keeping them. 

Another choice for decorating them would be Royal Icing.

Royal Icing:

This will also harden to a bright white color and stay that way.


 3 TB meringue powder
4 cups powdered sugar
6 TB water

Mix ingredients at low speed for 7-10 minutes.  After mixing, keep the bowl covered with a damp towel to avoid drying out.
I will link to:
Centsational Girl Holiday Home Craft Party 
Christmas Ideas for Children  at Busy as a Bee in Paris
Whatever Goes Wednesday at Someday Crafts
Show and Tell Wednesday at Blue Cricket Design
Get Your Craft On  at Today's Creative Blog
Go and visit these great blogs.


Bella said...

Hi Sherry, Your cookie ornaments are beatiful!! I have always wanted to try this and printed your recipe :-) Love your vignette, pure charm!

Lori said...

The charm of Gingerbread! How traditional and perfect for Christmas.

Happier Than a Pig in Mud said...

A fun project Sherry and they look adorable on your wreath:@)

Willow said...

I just love your decorations and thanks for sharing the recipe for them.


Busy as a Bee in Paris said...

nice photos! i love these gingerbread men, they make adorable decorations and they smell sooo divine - just like christmas! i'd love to have you link up to my christmas party!

La said...

I like the different ways you used these gingerbread ornaments. La

Erin@likegrandmas said...

That is soo awesome! Love the wreath the most, but love it all!

Bonnie@Creative Decorating said...

My boys made these ornaments when they were in grade school. I still hang them on the tree every year and now they are teenagers!

Blondie's Journal said...

These are just darling, Sherry!


Katie@LeBeauPaonVictorien said...

So cute! Thanks for posting the recipe. We used to make ornaments like this when I was a girl; sometimes we used royal icing and sometimes corn syrup that was colored with food color and we'd use paint brushes to brush it on. I haven't seen the recipe in years though and was looking for it in vain. We did try using salt dough one year, but it's not the same as far as the color and smell!

Modern Country Lady said...

Adorable!! I do the same, but not with gingerbread- and have used biscuits as decorations on an advents wreath- you can check this out on my blog if you like- below is the link.
I love the little gingerbreadmen!!
link is

Sue (Someone's Mom) said...

Yours look so cute! I love the smell of gingerbread baking. I haven't done this for many years, but I don't remember mine looking quite as perfect!

shirley said...

Your Gingerbread ornaments bring back such sweet memories of my childhood. I love your wreath and I bet you get so many compliments about it's festive design. Very nice...

Michelle said...

How sweet (literally). The kids and I did that one year - I kept a ball of dough in the fridge all season long, made them one at a time as anybody felt the need to decorate a gingerbread man!

I wanted you to know that I changed the name of my blog from Michelle Jamieson Interiors to "New England Style". I will post about it later today but wanted you to know it was me.



Busy as a Bee in Paris said...

Thank you so much for linking up. I hope you've had a chance to look around at some of the other links! Hope your Christmas is wonderful. Hugs, Maria

Susan Clayton said...

Thanks for the recipe.

Lynn Bean said...

Hi Sherry. Trust you had a wonderful Thanksgiving! The ornaments are adorable and I am sure they smell wonderful! I have made them in years past but need to replenish. This is a good reminder. Have a wonderful weekend.