Monday, February 28, 2011

Run! Run! As Fast as You Can!

Actually, let the gingerbread man do the running--your tummy can relax with this recipe.

We read the story of the Gingerbread Man this morning during a good thunderstorm.  It was the kind of day that made me feel something special was in order.  So we decided to make our own GF gingerbread man.  I knew my kids would love that.  And to get an idea of the size of this guy, look closely. those are almonds and raisins.  The eyes were chocolate chips and the nose was a peppermint (spearmint) just like in the book we read.

We used a Betty Crocker Gluten Free Yellow Cake Mix.
1 egg
2 teaspoons of Vanilla
1 stick of melted butter
(a teaspoon or two of water if needed)

Now, the cake mix becomes a cookie mix.  Just add a teaspoon or two of cinnamon, a dash of nutmeg and ginger and you have a sort of gingerbread dough.  Preheat oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit.  Mix all ingredients.  On a  large foil lined baking sheet, put a ball for the head, a chunk for the body, arms and legs and smoosh and shape it into a gingerbread man.

For garnish use:
Almonds and other nuts,
Raisins, dried cranberries or blueberries
chocolate chips

Add eyes, nose, mouth, bow tie, buttons, arm and leg bands.  Bake for 20-25 minutes or until done.  Allow to cool and ice if desired.

2 Tbsp. Butter
1  tsp vanilla
1  cup powdered sugar
a few teaspoons of water as needed

Mix all until thick and smooth.  Put into an icing bag or ziploc freezer bag, which you can snip the end off of with scissors and use as an icing bag.

These are their disappointed little faces when they both suddenly noticed that his peppermint nose had melted and sunk into his head!  Hilarious.


  1. Looks great! (CUTE kiddos, too!)

  2. Thanks, Kelsey. If you want to try this with a normal cake mix, the recipe is:
    1 egg
    1/2 c. oil (or maybe applesauce)
    1 cake mix

    And just use store bought icing if you're not trying to avoid gluten.


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