Gingerbread men are already one of the best things about winter; you can have even more fun making and eating them if you decorate them in cute and creative ways. All it takes is some frosting in a piping bag and a variety of tasty decoration ingredients to get started.
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Gingerbread Man Cupcakes
If you bake gingerbread cupcakes or muffins, you can always enhance them by sticking a small gingerbread into the top of each one. To put an extra cute spin on them, bake a batch of muffins alongside a batch of full-sized gingerbread men. After they all cool, break off the arms and heads of the gingerbread men and stick them into the muffins to form fat little gingerbread muffin men. Decorate the face and belly with icing and currants.
Thematic Gingerbread Men
Picking a theme for your gingerbread men can provide all sorts of cute ideas that go beyond the run-of-the-mill smile and buttons. Use green and white icing to create leprechaun gingerbread men or create a colourful row of tiny elves and a rotund gingerbread Santa. A more off-kilter option is to make gingerbread skeletons. Use white frosting and a fine tip on a piping bag to draw lines that depict a skeleton shape on the gingerbread bodies, limbs and heads.
For maximum cuteness, you can coordinate your decorations and create a scene full of gingerbread people involved in some activity or situation together. If you're missing the warmth of summer, you can make a gingerbread beach party complete with iced-on bikinis and gingerbread surfboards. For a playful winter wedding decoration, create a gingerbread wedding scene with a bride, groom and wedding party and, of course, a tiny gingerbread layer cake and sugar cube gift pile.
For a simpler approach, you can add small touches to your gingerbread men that will put a cute spin on them without requiring a lot of effort or artistry. One way to make your gingerbread men cuter almost immediately is to give each one a bow tie of coloured icing. Another is to pipe a small pink heart on the chest of each gingerbread man. For a tender and slightly surreal effect, give each gingerbread man a "pet" gummy bear after baking the men into shapes that suggest patting and cuddling.
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