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.


Photography by Photography by Reetta Pasanen

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