Who hasn’t read this classic little story? It’s one of my favorites, but a bit disturbing, which makes sense why I love it so.
- It starts out by introducing this old couple that are terribly saddened by never having their own child.
- The old lady becomes senile enough to think that baking a cookie in the shape of a boy would actually fill that void.
- In an attempt to escape the ultra hot oven, this poor little cookie man is relentlessly chased by an old couple, threshers, mowers, cows, horses, and a fox where he finally meets a slow and torturous death in which his limbs are eaten one by one by the fox.
- The last words of this story are “…and never spoke again.”
Unsettling story aside, this little cookie man is a staple in our home every December.
Their simplicity is captivating! The Christmas season hasn’t truly commenced for us until these make an appearance and fill our home with the smell of ginger, cinnamon, and cloves. They are the perfect cookie to set out for Santa, excellent with a cup of hot cocoa, and one of the only things I would dunk in a glass of milk! I’ve never been much of a dunker of my food aside from the traditional cinnamon roll dunked in chili (don’t judge me), but these darling little confections just seem to scream “Dunk me!”
While I make these every year, I tried a new recipe this year and Aaron says they have a “bite” to them. Must be the fresh ginger! If you don’t already have a family recipe for gingerbread men, try this one out! I added 1 Tbsp. freshly grated ginger added at the same time as the molasses.
What are your holiday baking traditions at Christmas time?