Gingerbread Boys

I made a baker's dozen of these little guys for our church Christmas boutique.  After searching the internet for a recipe for cinnamon salt dough, I mixed some up and let it chill.  Then I cut them out, poked a hole for hanging them with a drinking straw and baked them off.
They are sealed with a glittery varnish. I probably should have used a couple more coats but I ran out of time.  The eyes and buttons are little balls of dough that baked in place and then painted with dark purple for raisins. I painted on highlights and white icing. Then I added snowy glitter to their heads, shoulders and feet.
The ribbon was from Michael's and was exactly what I was looking for.

And I made a few extra for a kitchen wreath.  I used a wooden embroidery hoop for the base, which I wrapped with the red ribbon.  I hot glued the little guys and the fake greens to the hoop.  I'd found the rolling pin in Target a couple of years ago for a dollar.  You never know when you'll need a miniature rolling pin.  I was hoping they'd have a cinnamon fragrance but they don't.  The recipe only called for 5 teaspoons of cinnamon and I think the purpose of that was to color the dough.

Here's the recipe for the Salt Dough:

1 Cup salt
5 teaspoons cinnamon
2 Cups flour
3/4 - 1 cup water

Knead until smooth.  Chill 30 minutes.  Bake 1 to 1 1/2 hours until dry at 325 degrees.


  1. Oh so cute Karen!!! I love the wreath. Too bad Beep has the chpox, she would love to help me make one of these.


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