Baking Holidays Let the Kids

Homemade Gingerbread Man Garland

Can I just say that kids make the holidays so much brighter? Now that Norah is a little older, she wants to help decorate the tree, bake sweets, and be involved in all things Christmas. It also makes me look forward to the many traditions we can start and she can remember and be apart of them. I thought about making this Gingerbread Man Garland with Norah to bring a touch of nostalgia to our christmas decorating.

This is considered a recipe, however it is not edible! I pretty much told Pete that these are not cookies and as soon as they cooled from the oven, he was picking one up to eat. I saved him, of course, but deep down inside I wanted him to eat it since it proved he wasn’t listening to me ha!

Gingerbread Man Garland

Ingredients:
  • 2 cups applesauce
  • 2 cups cinnamon
Directions:
  1. Mix together equal parts cinnamon and applesauce until well incorporated and dough forms. If too sticky, add more cinnamon.
  2. Roll out dough between two pieces of parchment paper to 1/4 inch thickness.
  3. Cut out shapes and place them on a baking sheet. Make sure to punch a hole at the top to thread the twine through.
  4. Bake at 200 degrees F for 2 hours.
  5. Allow the shapes to set out on a cooling rack for 24 hours to dry out completely.
  6. Thread through the twine to make the garland.
  7. Makes about 18 gingerbread men, depending on size.

Norah had a blast making these and the only part I helped out with was rolling the dough and placing them on the baking sheet. She did everything else. You can also make ornaments with this recipe and have your tree smell amazing too!

What are some of your Holiday Traditions?

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