Cooking: Gingerbread with Eggnog Frosting

We love Christmas traditions, but for some reason, Gingerbread men hasn’t been one of ours. Is it yours?

Today for our cute book Olive, the Other Reindeer we decided to do some classic christmas baking and make gingerbread men…with a TWIST! Grab the book to see how these gingerbread men and Olive’s incredible nose saved Christmas!

You know on Pinterest when you see the most delicious recipe for {insert holiday treat here] and you think, it’s going to be easy! Then you look at the 25 ingredients listed and decide that maybe it’s not worth the money or time to measure 1/2 teaspoon of 9 different spices? We feel you. That’s why we are giving you this tip for baking with kids:¬†USE READY-MADE MIXES.

We TOTALLY understand there is a time and place for making things from scratch (and we–mostly Tawni–love doing it!). But when cooking with your kids, wanting them to have fun, and not putting your cleaning self on high-alert, buy the cookie mixes that are pre-made! There are usually 3 or less ingredients, and your kids still get to mix, pour and crack eggs (if you dare) without losing their attention or your own mind!

So, onto our cooking for today. You’ll need:

  • Betty Crocker Gingerbread Mix (usually need eggs and water)
  • Flour for rolling out dough
  • Rolling pin
  • Cookie Sheet
  • Cookie Cutters

Mix your cookie dough, spread flour on counter and roll out dough about 1/2 inches thick (TIP: If your dough is too sticky to roll, cover and put it in the fridge for about 15 minutes. Works like a charm!

Cut out gingerbread people and lay 2 inches apart on cookie sheet. Bake 8-10 minutes and let cool.

Now, onto the best part: FROSTING. I adapted a recipe I found online to make it a little more smooth for decorating! Why did I choose Egg Nog, you ask? Do you want the honest and real truth? It’s a two part answer: 1. I like Egg Nog and 2. I didn’t have any milk.

Egg Nog Frosting:

  • 1 stick (8 tbs) butter, softened
  • 1/2 cup eggnog
  • 1 1/2 cups powdered sugar
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • Pinch of salt
  1. Beat softened butter in mixer on medium until fluffy, about 2 minutes
  2.  Scrape edges and start mixer on medium low. Add eggnog.
  3. Slowly add powered sugar, cinnamon and salt.
  4. Continue to mix for about 1-2 minutes until fully combined.

This is a great activity to go with Olive, the Other Reindeer. Find them all HERE!

Author: McKenzie

McKenzie is a retired Special Education teacher and Mom to Mila. She loves traveling, baking and snuggling. As a social butterfly and self-proclaimed chatter box, McKenzie loves making new friends.

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