Gingerbread is a type of baked dish that uses spices such as ginger, cloves, cinnamon, nutmeg and black pepper. It is sweetened with molasses, honey, golden syrup or brown sugar. Gingerbread can be as soft as a cake loaf or something crunchy like a biscuit. As per Wikipedia, A gingerbread man is a biscuit or cookie made of gingerbread, usually in the shape of a stylized human, although other shapes, especially seasonal themes (Christmas, Halloween, Easter, etc.) and characters. Gingerbread dates from the 15th century, and figural biscuit-making was practiced in the 16th century.
These cookies are now most popular during Christmas. Christmas comes in cold season and these spices in the cookies help the body to keep warm. These are thus consumed with hot tea or milk. Just dip them in the tea or milk and enjoy the spiced cookie.
Christmas is the season of joy, fun, family time, sharing treats and gifts and singing carols. The houses waft with the Christmas goodies being baked. Cakes, cookies, chocolate and more such as Banana bread, Carrot cake, Plum Cake, Coconut cookies, Walnut and honey cookies, Cheese straw, Chocolate cake, Chocolate cup cake, Strawberry cupcake, Whole wheat cheeselings. I am tempted by the smell of the Gingerbread cookies displayed on the bakeries. The houses and streets are decorated with lights and Christmas trees. Children are busy decorating theirChristmass trees. The parents are busy making goodies and wrapping gifts.
This time my son wanted me to bake Gingerbreadman cookie for Christmas. He wanted to keep it in a plate for Santa to eat, when he delivers him a gift. He had finished decorating his Christmas tree and now wanted to help me in baking. So today we both went to the market to get the ingredients for gingerbreadman cookie. He was too excited to make it with me. This is a good way to keep them busy during the Christmas holidays.
As I was baking at home, I wanted it to be healthy and so have used wholewheat flour in making it. Molasses give it a traditional taste and colour, but molasses may not available at all places. Since molasses is made from sugar cane, it tastes like jaggery. You can use honey, golden syrup or maple syrup in place of molasses. You can used fresh grated ginger in making the cookie. I have used the powdered ginger. I have replaced egg with the flaxseeds powder.
These cookies can be eaten plain. Since it was Christmas time I have decorated the cookie with simple icing. You can just mark the eyes and smile on the gingerbreadman cookie before baking it or decorate it with icing, edible icing pens, sugar candies, M & Ms, sprinkles etc. If you want to put it as a decoration on the Christmas tree then prior to baking it make a hole on the head of Gingerbreadman with a toothpick and bake it. The thread can be passed through the hole and the Gingerbreadman can be used as a decoration for the Christmas treel
Besides Gingerbreadman, these cookies can be shaped using different cutters such as Christmas trees, bells, snowflakes, reindeer, etc. Decorate it with icing and wrap and gift them to your dear ones.
Wishing you all a very Happy and Merry Christmas !!