Food & Dining

Gingerbread men are tasty – and fun to make


Eager and ready to decorate a gingerbread man at New Hope Baptist are Halee Gibby, left, and Finley Waller.    

“Run, run, run as fast as you can;

You can’t catch me, I’m the Gingerbread Man.”

Well, actually, you can. You can even bake, decorate and devour the legendary character.

You might even try it as a “Christmas in July” fun project. 

A group of Coweta children recently decorated – and nibbled on – gingerbread men.

During the gathering for children at New Hope Baptist Church, 3989 Corinth Road, leaders Joan Hamilton and Evelyn McWaters guided the preschoolers in decorating pre-cooked gingerbread men. The children enjoyed putting facial features and buttons on the gingerbread figures – and applying icing and sprinkles.

Gingerbread dates to the 15th century, with figures made from the dough arriving on the scene about a century later. The first recorded mention of gingerbread people was in the court of Queen Elizabeth I of England.

The story about the living gingerbread boy who outruns the woman who baked him and other storybook characters – only to be devoured by a wolf – first appeared in May 1875 in St. Nicholas Magazine. 

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