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Tuesday, 4 December 2018

Decorating gingerbread cookies with a sense of humour

A couple of days ago, I made my traditional gingerbread cookie dough. It's thick and stiff and doesn't really roll out. Instead you kind of press is down with a rolling pin, then use cookie cutters, squeezing the edges of the cookie cutter together to keep the dough in the cutter to transfer it over to the cookie sheet, and then releasing it, hoping it doesn't fall apart. I won't even share the recipe, because if you have ever made gingerbread, you probably have a better recipe than this! However, here is a picture of a tray of them after being baked. (LOVE parchment paper, by the way).


Regardless of the difficulty of the dough, they do taste good, and if you are careful not to leave them in the oven too long, they are still a bit soft, which is what I prefer.

Tonight, when son was actually home (a rare thing these days) and husband and I had both had rather shitty days at work, I decided it was time to decorate. (Sorry, dear daughter, away in the city, normally you are part of this, but I will text you later and tell you to read this post, and hopefully you will laugh at us).

It all started in a traditional, reserved way (by me, I might add).

Pretty, don't you think? Certainly not professional, but acceptable. A present with a bow shape, a gingerbread man shape, and a round ornament shape. Nice, predictable, Christmas colours...


Ummmm, then son produced this masterpiece. (He is about a month away from being 19 years old, just so you know - he is not six years old).


We also had a Santa shaped cookie cutter. You would end up decorating the cookie something along these lines. Both are mine, and I admit the one on the left is pathetic. I got a bit better with practice.


It was then discovered that if you turn that same cookie, it looks a bit like a whale. Whale was what husband was going for. He thought it ended up looking more like a shark (?) and then I accidentally broke off the little round bit on the end of its tail. Stunning.


Things pretty much started going down hill from there.



Then came the variations on the gingerbread men (or "gingerbread people" if we are going to be all politically correct).



Here we have the unibrow gingerbread man.


We follow with the Santa and the skeleton gingerbread men.


If you turn the cookie upside down, you can turn it into a reindeer (if you squint, and use your imagination).


This is the Lieutenant Dan gingerbread man. (A Forest Gump reference). Son made this one.


Here we have the Black Knight. Not familiar?

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"It's just a flesh wound!"


And finally, nothing says Christmas like a grenade.

They will be put into the freezer to be taken out at Christmas when the rest of my twisted family will be here to enjoy them.

36 comments:

  1. Hahaha!
    Looks like you guys had fun...and isn’t that the important part!
    I’m sure your daughter will be sorry she missed this “family time”
    Enjoy the rest of your week...😂
    Cheers!
    Linda :o)

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  2. Yummy treats & fun, it's what you do after a shitty day at work. I got the references right away to Forest & Monty ... We often reference, tis only a flesh wound & run Forest run :)
    ... Mary-Lou =^..^=
    PS - hope tomorrow & rest of the week is better at work.

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  3. Ha ha, these are GREAT! So much better than "traditional" decorating, LOL!

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    1. We have done the more traditional route, especially when the kids were much younger, but it's more fun this way.

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  4. My husband and I have had similar digression while decorating cookies. We both were laughing, especially the Lieutenant Danone. Merry Christmas!

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    1. Sometimes when the cat sits with his front legs all tucked completely out of sight underneath him, someone says, "Lieutenant Dan, you got no legs!" Better if done with a Gump accent.

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  5. Well, it looks as though you all had a fabulous time together being creative! Poor daughter! I'm sure she will get to do something fun with you all soon! Or at least enjoy reading about this!
    We had a funny gingerbread boy disaster that I blogged about long ago. https://thickethouse.wordpress.com/2010/12/23/off-to-pennsylvania-tomorrow-but-meanwhile/ Eight years ago already!

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  6. Well I stood on my head (a lie) and squinted and it did indeed look like a reindeer (a bit).

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  7. What fun :) I haven't made gingerbread men for years.
    Hugs-x-

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  8. HAHAHA! Love your gingerbread "things". I like mine a bit soft, too, rather than baked 'hard'. I can almost smell the aroma of fresh gingerbread coming from your kitchen. I hope you and your son have a great Wednesday! xo Diana

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  9. I imagined you all getting drunker and drunker before making obscene gingerbread men.

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    1. Actually, that was the only rule, "nothing obscene!".

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  10. The cookies look amazing, thanks for sharing this fun decorating!

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  11. This is great, thanks for the big morning laugh! Sharing this one with my FB friends :)

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  12. The unibrow gingerbread man... HAHAHAHAHA! My favourite :) This is a lot more fun than 'normal' decorating!

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  13. I can just hear the laughter now. Memorable is best word I can come up with. Enjoy your fun family.

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  14. Love Monty python and the Holy grail!!!! "It's only a flesh wound "......

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  15. Ha ha ha ha too funny!!! I have to say I'm not the best at decorating cookies so mine would look like your son's!

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  16. I am laughing so hard and I want you to adopt me. Please. Oh, this is just the best. The very best. My weird and wacky kind of humour. And yes, I get the Black Knight reference. (I call Lizzie the Knight Who Says Ni). Oh, thank you for making me laugh so loud, out loud on this gloomy day!

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    1. I am now hearing that in my head. (the Knights who say Ni)

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  17. Brilliant! I think you all had a lot of fun. I love it when people aren't too serious and proper about stuff.

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  18. All of the above - thanks for a fun post!

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  19. These are so Nice ...and yammie ...lovely weekend love Ria 💚❤️

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  20. Toooo funny! Thanks for supplying my morning chuckles, Jenn. Enjoy your week.

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  21. Love your gingerbread 'men'. Truly unique!

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  22. Love your Mel Brooks reference! Too cute. Now I want to make cookies too!

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  23. And so now you have me thinking, Jen, that we should try making gingerbread cookies as well, just for the fun of decorating them. Our favorites are chocolate chip coolies which don't lend to decorations. Thanks for sharing your family fun!

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  24. Enjoy your gingerbread …

    All the best Jan

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  25. Jenn, bravo. I cannot make gingerbread cookies anymore because the physical effort is too much for me lol...I LOVE your cookies!!!

    HAHAHAHAHA the Black Knight...that brings back memories hee hee! All I can think of is Eric Idle when they're singing "Brave, brave, brave, brave Sir Robin"....LOL...

    I love parchment paper too!

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  26. Oh my! Some interesting ideas. X

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