Making Gingerbread Men Ornaments

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November 26, 2012

Cinnamon Applesauce Gingerbread Men for Tree or GiftsMix cinnamon (I bought a big jar of it at a local dollar store) with a little applesauce, (using your judgement and adding it slowly) mixing with my hands until it's the consistency of pie crust. Too wet, add more cinnamon.


Sprinkle some cinnamon on a board and roll out the dough on it about 1/4 inch thick, cutting it with your cookie cutters. I use two sizes of straws to cut holes (as shown) one hole to hang the finished gingerbread man and one for eyes and buttons and punch them out.

Then you can let them air dry on a cookie tin by a wood stove, in an oven set at low or in a dehydrator. Times vary according to method used, of course.

Check that they are dry by looking at the back of them in the torso. The back should all look the same color and not darker indicating moisture.

Once they are totally dry, just use your ribbons, sequins, or buttons and decorate anyway you would like! I keep my very simple (see photo) since I like a "homey" look. I placed mine in little snack bags and tied them closed with ribbon to preserve the scent until opened, but the scent lasts quite long since they are made entirely of cinnamon!

Folks love them on gifts, on trees, etc. since they smell great, too. I end up hanging some all around the house and car as a scented decoration as well! They would make great craft projects for fundraisers too.

NOTE: They are not edible though, so make sure your recipients know that!


Total Time: 10 minutes, extra time to dry accordng to method of choice

Yield: You mix the combinations and can make one or dozens!


Just plugged in some amounts, but the choice of how much you use is up to how much you want to make! You can make one or many!

  • 1 oz cinnamon ($1.00)
  • 1 oz cheapest applesauce you can find ($.50)
  • 1 ft ribbons ($1.00)


  1. Add a teaspoon of applesauce to 4 oz. of cinnamon and knead together with hands, adding more of either ingredient to make a pie crust dough consistency. Roll out dough onto cinnamon dusted breadboard and cut out gingerbread (or other cutout shapes). Use straw to cut a hole to hang the ornament and additional holes for eyes and buttons if desired. Transfer to cinnamon dusted cookie sheet and allow to dry in oven at LOW, or in a dehydrator or next to a wood stove.
  2. Cinnamon Applesauce Gingerbread Men for Tree or Gifts

  3. Add ribbon scarf and hanger ribbon and give on gifts, cards, or hang on tree! MMMMM...smells great!
  4. You may present them in a snack bag if you'd like or tie them directly on gifts or cards.
  5. NOTE: These are purely decorative cinnamon men and not edible gingerbread men! Make sure your recipients know that.
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December 19, 2006

I have received the MOST adorable gingerbread men cookies with them in various Yoga Poses. I DO NOT want to eat them. I would LOVE to preserve them. Anyone have ideas as to how this may be done?

Greatly appreciate your insights!

Amy from Walnut Creek, CA


December 20, 20060 found this helpful

Buy a clear laquer spray and coat both sides and they should last you a long long time!

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December 20, 20060 found this helpful

yes, spray them with clear paint or laquer

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December 21, 20060 found this helpful

or you can also buy polyurethane and coat several times.

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December 22, 20060 found this helpful

Good Luck on these. I'd think a couple coats of shellac would do the trick. But just remember to store them in a container so children might be tempted to eat them, when not in use or decorating. Also, the shellac will not keep critters from eating them.


When I was a youngster, my Brownie troop made decorative holiday homemade bread arrangements for our Mothers. Mom went to retrieve her's from the attic & a mouse had eaten part of the bread loaf.

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By Debbie (Guest Post)
January 8, 20090 found this helpful

The best way to preserve gingerbread cookies or houses is in a cardboard container. NO plastic. Seal it well so critters don't get at it and store in a cool place, like the basement. They will look all right each year but won't taste very good. In about five years they will fall apart but that's okay, just make more!

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August 24, 2005

My kids and I have already begun thinking Christmas. We started making Gingerbread Cookies. (Not the real kind).

I went to the craft store and bought a roll of cork. The kind that you would use to cover a door to make into a corkboard. I dug out the gingerbread cookie cutter and traced several gingerbread figures on the corks.

Then we glued the cork to cardboard (We used cereal box cardboard). We glued the gingerbread boy to the cardboard on the back so none of the cereal box advertisements were showing. We did this to strengthen the gingerbread boy. We put a hole at the top for a string.

Once the glue was dry, we used white puffy paint to embellish the cookie. We even personalized them with names.

By Laura


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August 24, 20050 found this helpful

that is such a kewl idea....thanx for sharing it with us :0)

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August 26, 20080 found this helpful

Couldn't the old or new mouse pads be used in this way?

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