Who doesn’t like a well dressed man? Better yet who does not like well dressed gingerbread men cookies? I know I do. I thought I would share with you how to easily dress up your gingerbread men cookies in snap. Some people have gingerbread house decorating parties. I think decorating gingerbread men cookies would make a great holiday party alternative as well. You could bake gingerbread men cookies and then have different decorating stations. Families could make their own set of gingerbread men cookies to take home. Some times people are intimidated by royal icing but anyone can apply fondant to a cookie. The great thing about using fondant is that you can make quite a few different patterns in no time at all. Let me show you how with a few easy steps.
Gingerbread Men Cookies
Here are a few items that you will need:
Gingerbread men cutout cookies
Fondant Roller with 1/8″ markers
Royal icing for embellishments
You know what is great about fondant? It’s easy to work with. You don’t have to worry about royal icing consistency and makes for a great medium for impressions. Grab a small handful of chocolate fondant. Knead your fondant till it is nice and pliable. Sprinkle a small amount of cornstarch on your work surface. The cornstarch helps keep your fondant from sticking. Roll out your fondant to your desired thickness. I roll mine out to 1/8″. Place your cookie cutter over the area to make sure it is big enough to cut out.
Take out the fondant impression sheet from the fabric set from Karen’s Cookies.net , that you would like to use. It comes with six different patterns. For this gingerbread man I used the rope looking fabric. Sprinkle just a light amount of cornstarch on top of the fondant. You do not want the impression sheet to stick to the fondant. Then use firm pressure with the rolling-pin and go over the mat. Remove the mat from the fondant. When you remove the fondant, if the impression is not uniform, you must re-roll out your fondant. Make sure you put even pressure on the impression mat with the fondant roller.
Use your gingerbread man cookie cutter to cut the fondant into the right shape. Since cookies spread a little when they are baking, the cookie cutter shape comes out just the right size. Easy peasy?
Take a brush and apply a small amount of piping gel to your cookie. Gently place the fondant on the cookie. Be careful at this point. You don’t want to apply to much pressure when you are putting on the fondant. Normally, I would use a fondant smoother to adhere the fondant to the gingerbread men cookies. But you will erase the pattern if you do that. All you have to do is lightly press the fondant on the gingerbread men cookies.
For this pattern I used the Wilton Gold colorspray, from Karen’s Cookies. Make sure you are about 12 inches to a foot in half from the cookie. You only need a light dusting of the gold for it to highlight the fabric pattern. Then all you have to do is apply some royal icing eyes and a bow tie and you are good to go! Told you these were easy. Takes about 5 minutes to make! You can’t beat that when you are making a lot of holiday cookies! Then just take royal icing and add your favorite embellishments to your gingerbread men cookies.