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I made these ornaments years ago in my Kindergarten
class and it was so successful. They make beautiful
gingerbread men. ~Nani

You'll need:
2 cups flour
1 cups salt
1 cup water

Mix dry ingredients. Add the water a little at a time and
knead until the dough is smooth. Roll out as you would
any cookie on a floured surface. Cut out in your favorite
shapes or mold like Play-Doh. Make a hole before baking
if you plan to hang the ornament. Bake at 325 degrees F.
for an hour to hour and one-half. Paint with acrylic paints
and decorate. When they are very dry varnish to preserve
and keep any dampness out.

A friend substituted coffee for the water in this recipe for
her Gingerbread men and I intend to try it this year. I've
wanted to do a very natural color and glue on buttons for
trim. They would look darling on a wreath or just piled in
a pretty basket on a table with greenery. You can add
cinnamon and other spices for the aroma of Christmas.

Note from MaddeesMom: I made the gingerbread men
ornaments with the recipe listed above, and I tried it with
the coffee ... they turned out okay the first time, except
they were kind of puffy in some places. So the next time
I made them I laid parchment paper over them and put
another cookie sheet on top with a heavy casserole dish
on top of that ... they turned out really cute! The coffee
made a difference too. I liked the color!

SPECIAL NOTE: I, myfanwy_65, have not made these. This is how it came in my email and I thought everyone would benefit from the discussion.


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Kathy Peckham
Nov. 16th, 2011 11:03 pm (UTC)
I make these alot, but I havent tried the coffee.. have tried tinting the water with food coloring to get a better color. Thanks for the tip. Wish you had some pictures here
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