Kids’ Gingerbread Party.

by Sarah

Throwing a gingerbread party for your kids and their friends is great fun, fairly simple to plan, and can be made into a yearly tradition.

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.

http://allrecipes.com/Recipe/Eileens-Spicy-Gingerbread-Men/Detail.aspx

Ingredients

  • 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

Directions

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.

For the cookie decorations I used a variety of green sprinkles, Christmas confetti sprinkles, chocolate sprinkles, sour candies and M&Ms.

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.

At the end of the party, each child was given a treat bag with gingerbread cookies to take home.

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.

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