Monday, November 29, 2010

Chocolate Gingerbread Men

When I saw this post, I knew what I was going to decorate my tree with.  They were just too adorable to pass up.  But I started getting my ingredients together and took a closer look at the recipe.  1 cup of cinnamon!?!  I don't have enough!  So I looked in my pantry and found a GIANT container, full of cocoa powder.  Perfect!  Same color without having to go to the store!  Granted, it wouldn't give the same smell, but with all the Scentsies all over my house, what difference would it make?

So I whipped up their recipe, substituting cocoa powder for the cinnamon.  When that came out too dark, I made a batch of white salt dough and mixed them together.

I may not have the cinnamon smell, but my house sure smelt like brownies while they were baking.  Yum!
Yes, they look pale and sad now, but once you seal them, they darken up nicely.
 Add some puff paint for eyes, buttons, and ric rac, but they still needed something...

 Ah!  Much better!  Aren't they adorable?
 String up the Gingers and give a good hose down with top coat.
 (Maybe shed a tear or two for the casualties on the garage floor) Let them dry and admire your work.
 Then let your kids decorate the tree...
 ...and do a little rearranging once the munchkins go to bed.

Did you know that Sharpie markers run when you spray them with sealer?
I didn't.
But Hubby did.
Maybe I should have waited until he was home to spray them...
Oh well!  Their still cute!
Now I just have to go shopping find a fun topper!


  1. SO CUTE! I have a gingerbread with my face on it from when I was a baby, and it is about to die! I am going to make these this year, they look so cute hanging on your tree. I would love for you to link up to my party too!

  2. OMG - What a great post! I have a gingerbread tree in my dining room and will be making a trip very soon to the grocery store to get a big container of cinammonso that I can make these too!

  3. Great idea. Too much cinnamon can be a bit hard to take. Brownie smell is the way to go.

  4. Love your elegant traditional tree, these chocolate gingerbread men add the right touch of whimsy.

    Cute craft, I'd love it if you share it on my holiday link share:

  5. HI, I am following you from buzz on by blog hop! Those gingerbread men are sooo cute! I hope you have a great day

  6. Those are adorable! Great job! Thanks for linking up to my catch a glimpse party.

  7. Welcome to the party! What a fab idea! Love it!
    Thanks for linking up to Making It With Allie! I can't wait to see what you have for next week!

  8. what a fantastic idea! I really need to save these for next year as don't think I'll have time to finish them for this year!
    Please share them on my bloghop:

  9. these are really cute...and mixing in chocolate was sheer genius! i need a garland for my mantle...i think this would work perfectly! stopping by from whats allie making now!

  10. I've made these in the past, but mine weren't painted as cute as yours. The ones you did are adorable!

  11. These turned out GREAT! I'll be featuring this tonight on Topsy Turvy Tuesday's! Thanks for linking up!