What kind of gingerbread party you choose to throw will depend on the age of the kids attending. Our gingerbread party was for kids aged between 2-4 years old, so we stuck with gingerbread men. Older kids could make and decorate gingerbread houses.
The gingerbread recipe I used was this one from allrecipes.com – Eileen’s Spicy Gingerbread men. It’s simple and delicious.
- 1/2 cup margarine
- 1/2 cup sugar
- 1/2 cup molasses
- 1 egg yolk
- 2 cups sifted all-purpose flour
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
- 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1 teaspoon ground cloves
- 1 teaspoon ginger
- 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
- In a large bowl, cream together the margarine and sugar until smooth. Stir in molasses and egg yolk. Combine the flour, salt, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon, cloves, ginger, and nutmeg; blend into the molasses mixture until smooth. Cover, and chill for at least one hour.
- Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). On a lightly floured surface, roll the dough out to 1/4 inch thickness. Cut into desired shapes with cookie cutters. Place cookies 2 inches apart on ungreased cookie sheets.
- Bake for 8 to 10 minutes in the preheated oven, until firm. Remove from cookie sheets to cool on wire racks. Frost or decorate when cool.
Before the kids arrived for the party, I set the table with cookies, and decorations, separated into clear plastic cups.
In lieu of piping bags, I used ziploc bags for the kids. I scooped small amounts of white icing into each bag and cut a small hole in the corner so the kids could pipe the icing onto their cookies.
A friend of mine also had the great idea of giving each child a party bag with a gingerbread foam kit (available at Michaels) to take home.
Sarah is Mum to two boys, aged three and a half and (almost) two. She blogs at Lady Mama.