Traditional gingerbread men get a new look once you draw them specs with royal icing and give them tasty nuts to hold.


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The icing may be stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.

Makes about 24

You will need:
gingerbread dough
pecan or walnuts
royal icing



For the royal icing:
2 large egg whites, or more to thin icing

4 cups sifted confectioners’ sugar, or more to thicken icing
1 lemon, just the juice



  1. Preheat oven to 370°F.
  2. On a floured table, roll out the dough to a thin sheet.
  3. Use a cookie cutter to cut out shapes.
  4. Place a nut for the gingerbread man to hold.
  5. Bake for 5–8 minutes.
  6. Let cool.
  7. Make the icing: Beat egg whites until stiff.
  8. Add sugar and lemon juice. Beat for 1 minute more.
  9. If icing is too thick, add more egg whites. If it is too thin, add more sugar.
  10. Decorate cooled cookies with royal icing.

TIP:

Photography by Photography by Reetta Pasanen

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