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#8 Gingerbread Men

24 Dec

Pretty Gingerbread Girl ­čÖé

Merry Christmas everyone ­čÖé

About four years ago, my best friend and I started making Gingerbread Men for the holidays and would give them out to friends and family. The best part of it is that each year we get better at decorating the little guys. We have had many different collections of gingerbread men from babies in diapers to bikini girls.

Our Gingerbread Men are different than most because they’re more like a spiced sugar cookie but that is what we like since we’ve never been big fans of real gingerbread. This year, I decided to try a new recipe to try and keep their shape better so they would look more like gingerbread men and not little blob people.

If you like a subtle gingerbread cookie than this new recipe is perfect. Its important to make time to let the dough refrigerate and to not add extra flour to stiffen it up instead. I promise if you refrigerate it and use flour when rolling it out, it will come out perfectly.

Stacking them up!

Stacking them up! As you can tell, the ones on the right are the old recipe since its hardly recognizable what they are.

Yael and her little gingerbead boy

Decorating

Christmas Tree

Bikini

The dough for this new recipe is very strong because of the mollasses but it actually comes out very nice, and yummy with some frosting on it. The frosting is just a royal icing which basically consists of egg whites and sugar. These are great for the holidays to give out to family, they’ll love it ­čÖé

Click here for Gingerbread Men Recipe

For the Icing (for one batch):

– 2 Egg Whites

– 1/2 tsp Cream of Tartar

– 2 cups Powdered Sugar

Whip the egg whites and cream of tartar until foamy. Gradually add in the sugar until the icing is stiff. You will probably need to add more than 2 cups of sugar to get it stiff enough to pipe through a bag, so just add from 2 cups enough until its good for you.

Now I need to go think of something to bake for Christmas dinner! Any suggestions?

-Madeline

#4 – Thanksgiving Special

26 Nov

I know this isn’t exactly on Thursday as I have promised so boldly in the subtext of my blog title, but there was no time in between waking up at 7 and driving down to San Diego and back all on Thanksgiving day to get in the post.

I was in charge of desserts for the big day and I kept true to my new recipe philosphy but had to stick with the traditional holiday dessert as well.

Chocolate Fudge Pie and Pecan Pie where the final choices and they were a big hit! I highly, highly recommend making this Chocolate Fudge Pie. It’s incredibly easy and super delicious, but you need to have a sweet tooth and a chocolate love, but who doesn’t?

Imagine a flaky crust with chocolate and a ton of whipped cream. I don’t know how to go wrong with that.

Chocolate Fudge Pie

I knew I wanted chocolate curls on top but I wasn’t sure of the best way to go about it. I just grabbed a vegetable peeler and a chocolate bar and attempted it that way. I made a few super small curls but after looking it up later, the chocolate needs to be a little softer than mine was and then I probably could have gotten a better, traditional curl. Check out the picture below, that will pretty much explain it for you.

I wanted to get a shot of the pie after a slice was taken but as soon as I grab my camera almost all of the pie is gone, guess it was good ­čÖé

Mmmmm

Last but of course not least, I made a traditional Pecan Pie which is always amazing.

I cheated and used pre-made pie dough but I really had no time. I promise the next pie will be home made :). But honestly, it is still good.

Click here for Chocolate Fudge Pie Recipe

I hope you all had an amazing Thanksgiving! Leave me a comment and let me know how your desserts went.

Until Thursday.

Madeline