National Gingerbread Cookie Day
Gingerbread cookies are soft and chewy with a crispy exterior. They can also be decorated with piped frosting. National Gingerbread Cookie Day is a day to celebrate this simple, but wonderful cookie.
The Crusaders brought ginger from the Middle East back to Christmas. They probably didn’t know that this root would become such an integral part of Christmas baking traditions.
According to some stories, gingerbread was introduced to Europe in the 10th century by Gregory of Nicopolis, an Armenian monk who spent time teaching French bakers how it is made. Gingerbread was a sturdy little cake that was sometimes even used in religious ceremonies.Gingerbread has developed throughout history since that time, starting out as something that was not so sweet as it is today. Gingerbread man cookies are thought to have originated from Queen Elizabeth I or some of her baking staff. Elizabeth hosted a party during her reign in 16 century. Her chefs made gingerbread men to give as gifts to each of her guests.
Gingerbread cookies recipes have evolved over the years to be a bit more “bread” than cookie.
Gingerbread man cookies have a long tradition. Young women used to have folk medicine practitioners make gingerbread men for them. It was her gift to the man she wanted, and if he could eat it, it would be hers forever.
Although gingerbread cookies may not have the same power today, it doesn’t mean that they aren’t worthy of a day dedicated to them. That’s why National Gingerbread Cookie Day exists!
There are many ways to celebrate National Gingerbread Cookie Day! These fun and delicious ideas will help you get started on planning your celebration.
Gingerbread cookies taste great and are particularly delicious when eaten in autumn. National Gingerbread Cookie Day is a great way to feel warm and cozy on a cold November Day. They can be enjoyed with warm tea or milk, depending on the festive mood.
Pick a bakery near you that sells gingerbread cookies and place an order ahead. Or, just go to the bakery on the day. They might even offer a special or discount in celebration of the occasion.
November is a wonderful month to bake, especially as the days get shorter and the weather cools. National Gingerbread Cookie Day is an excellent time to heat up the oven and get ready to bake sweet gingerbread cookies. You might have a family recipe that has been passed down from an aunt or grandma, but if not, you can search online for simple, accessible gingerbread cookie recipes.
You can have a lot of fun creating them using a variety different cookie cutters with a wide range of shapes. There are two classic gingerbread shapes: gingerbread man and gingerbread lady. Other shapes that might be appropriate for the season include simple circles, leaves, trees, and hearts.
A gingerbread decorating contest is a great activity to celebrate National Gingerbread Cookie Day. Prepare ahead by purchasing the frosting in various colors, piping bags and other decorations such as edible glitter, nonpareils, sprinkles or edible glitter.
You can have a simple decorating contest with just your family, or you could host a larger event where neighbors, friends and classmates are invited and prizes given to the winners. This could become a celebration that brings people together through their shared love for gingerbread cookies.
This is also a great opportunity to practice for the gingerbread decorating day next month!
Making gingerbread cookies and sharing them with others is one of the best parts about baking. It’s a good idea to bake extra gingerbread cookies for special occasions like National Gingerbread Cookie Day.
Many people have their own gingerbread cookie recipes that have been passed down from generation to generation. National Gingerbread Cookie Day is a great time to get together with friends and share your favorite recipes.