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TIP OF THE DAY: Valentine Decorations For Gingerbread Men

Make Valentine gingerbread a family
tradition. Photo courtesy Sur La Table.

 

Valentine’s Day isn’t all about chocolate.

Today’s tip was inspired by an email we received from Sur La Table, which has a bounty of Valentine-inspired cookware and utensils: red or pink rolling pins, spatulas, measuring cups, heart-shaped cake pans and more.

The tip: Use your gingerbread man cookie cutter to make Valentine gingerbread.

Gingerbread is for far more than Christmas. In fact, a nifty recipe book, Dress Your Gingerbread, shows how to turn that gingerbread man into a bunny for Easter; a pumpkin and ghost for Halloween; Santa, elves and reindeer, and a bride and groom; as well as anytime favorites such as a bee, ladybug, pirate and favorite animals.

The biggest decision you need to make is what size gingerbread man/woman/child you want to make:

  • Five-inch gingerbread man or a 7.5 inch version
  • Miniature gingerbread boys, just 1.5 inches tall
  • Gingerbread family
  • There’s even a gingerbread cake pan!
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    NEXT STEPS

    1. Pick a gingerbread recipe (here’s one from Paula Deen, which includes a royal icing recipe to make faces).

    2. Get some candy hearts or other Valentine-themed candy to decorate.

    3. Invite friends or family to share the baking and decorating fun.

    4. Make enough to share with friends and colleagues!
     
     
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