How to Dress Up Your Holiday Gingerbread Man

Run, run as fast you can — you can’t catch him, he’s the gingerbread man
How to Dress Up Your Holiday Gingerbread Man

Emily Jacobs

How would you dress up your gingerbread man? The Daily Meal provides some inspiration.

The gingerbread man has long been a staple of holiday baking traditions. In 1875, the sugary figurine was first introduced to holiday traditions in America through a fairytale published in St. Nicholas magazine, where he was depicted as a sought-after treat that eventually met its demise by way of a hungry fox. Throughout the years, the gingerbread man's taunting phrase about catching him has followed him from holiday table to holiday table, and he remains a hallmark of festive holiday decorations today.

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Nowadays, the gingerbread man's story is not as damning as it once was, but he still makes a delicious treat at a tree-trimming or holiday party. While his fate remains the same as it did in 1875 (you're not going to be able to resist eating him, after all), decorating him has become one of the most important and fun parts of his tradition.

This year, we’re showing you how to dapper-up your gingerbread man for the holiday. From icing and toppings to themes and design, we’ve come up with some of our favorite ways to decorate a gingerbread man. For the married couple, a gingerbread man would not be complete without his woman, and for the heat-seekers, cinnamon candies make a spicy and colorful way to button up his shirt. We cover these decorations and more for your gingerbread man so that when you finally catch him, he’ll look and taste good.

Gingerbread men are a baking tradition, but if you’re looking for something a little different, yet still with the holiday ginger flavor, try some of these recipes. There are festive recipes like butterscotch gingerbread cookies and a simple, yet flavorful gingerbread cake. There are even a few gingerbread treats for breakfast on Christmas morning, like gingerbread French toast and scones. So, after decorating your gingerbread men, bake some of these holiday treats that use the same warm spices.


This story was originally published on December 18, 2012.