Gingerbread Men Ornament Trick

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Bake up some real gingerbread men this Christmas--but not for eating!  Turn them into rustic Christmas ornaments for your Christmas tree.  They look darling and smell amazing!

Gingerbread men Christmas ornaments made from real gingerbread hanging on a Swedish cookie tree.

I love making gingerbread men ornaments each year with the leftover dough from making gingerbread houses.  We hang them on the Swedish cookie tree my father made.

Three gingerbread men on a white marble background surrounded by fresh evergreen branches

Of course, they're great for just eating, too.  ;-)  But if you hang them on the Christmas tree, they have delightful rustic charm.

Gingerbread man cookie turned into a Christmas ornament hanging on a Christmas tree.

They also smell absolutely amazing!

Gingerbread Man Ornament hanging from a chandelier

We even hang them from the chandelier (our gingerbread men know how to party).

Gingerbread men being cut out of gingerbread dough

But turning a gingerbread man cookie into an ornament can be a little trickier than you'd expect.    If you make the hole for the ribbon before you bake, it often closes up as the gingerbread spreads slightly when in the oven.

Holes being poked in baked gingerbread men to turn them into Christmas ornaments.

The simple solution?  A plastic straw.  As soon as those gingerbread men come out of the oven, while they're still soft and piping hot, use a straw to cut a perfect ribbon-sized hole in your gingerbread man.

Two gingerbread men with hopes cut out in them for stringing as Christmas ornaments.

Sometimes the end of the plastic straw starts to melt a little bit and lose its shape.  If this happens, just snip off the offending tip, and you have a perfectly round hole-cutter once again.

Two gingerbread men strung with ribbon to turn them into Christmas ornaments.

Thread ribbon or string through your cooled cookies.  Decorate, if you'd like.  

Gingerbread Christmas ornaments hanging from a Swedish cookie tree.

Or just hang them up and enjoy the amazing scent and rustic, classic charm of your gingerbread man ornaments.

Thinking about making a real gingerbread house this year?  Check out my new e-book, Gingerbread for Beginners, with all of the recipes, tips, techniques you'll need, and five different gingerbread house templates:

Nicole Wills, creator of Tikkido

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