National Gingerbread Day
Celebrate National Gingerbread Day with gingerbread houses, gingerbread men, or both! Find out more about this delicious baked treat’s history and enjoyment.
Gingerbread is a holiday tradition that many people enjoy. They can be made into cookies or houses, and they come in many shapes. Their origins actually date back several hundred years, when they actually had bread in their recipe.
Gingerbread probably evolved from a simple recipe that used stale bread to make sweet treats. It was crafted by grating pieces of bread and then mixing them with honey and spices. Ginger was added to the recipe and the name “gingerbread‚Äù was born.
Gingerbread was a popular cookie before it was made into men-shaped cookies. This happened during Queen Elizabeth I’s reign (16th century). Her cooks made gingerbread cookies that resembled the royal guests and courtiers at her party.
In the 1600s, honey used in recipes was eventually traded for molasses. Molasses is a sticky, thick paste-like substance. Molasses (sometimes called treacle) was easier to source than honey because it is a byproduct from the sugar beet and sugar cane production processes.
Molasses is the main ingredient that gives brown sugar its distinctive flavor. Today, most gingerbread recipes include brown sugar and/or molasses in their ingredient list.
Gingerbread houses are thought to have originated in Germany in the 16th century. These elaborate houses were made by cutting into shapes and decorated with foil and gold leaf to stand out during winter. They eventually became a Christmas tradition.
The Brothers Grimm story Hansel and Gretel featured gingerbread houses made from treats. Gingerbread houses were even more popular. It is possible that this was when gingerbread houses were decorated with candies.
The folk tale The Gingerbread Man (also known as The Gingerbread Boy) was created in the late 19th century. In 1875, St. Nicholas Magazine published this repetitive, rhyming poem.
National Gingerbread Day can celebrated in many ways. Many of these include baking, and eating this delicious dessert. These are some ideas to celebrate:
You can cut them into gingerbread men and women! Roll the dough into larger pieces for a house-looking design. Gingerbread cookies can be a lot of fun and are relatively easy to make.
The opportunity to decorate gingerbread is even more exciting. While the basics of frosting and piping bags are important, it’s not enough. You can get creative with many different embellishments, including candy in a variety of colors.
You can even channel your inner Queen Elizabeth I by making gingerbread cookies that look like friends or family members and then displaying them at a National Gingerbread Day celebration.
National Gingerbread Day offers a unique excuse to get neighbors and friends together. You can decorate the party space with gingerbread-themed items and serve gingerbread cookies for snacks.
Baking gingerbread together could be a fun activity. You can also bake the gingerbread pieces beforehand and let everyone decorate it together.
Children at school and camp love creating crafts and activities that are based on the themes. National Gingerbread Day is an excellent opportunity to have fun with them. You could make gingerbread women and men out of construction paper, or even “paper dolls” from them. You can then get creative and make different clothes, outfits, and accessories for them.
To make gingerbread dolls, you can cut gingerbread men out of felt and sew them together. To “decorate” gingerbread women and men, use colorful felt scraps. Then add accessories like ribbon bows and buttons.
Make gingerbread cookies dough and bake gingerbread men. Before baking, poke a hole in top of the gingerbread cookie dough. It can be decorated with glitter glue or paint after it has cooled. Once it has dried, attach a ribbon to the top. You can then use it as ornaments or decorations.