Martha Stewart’s website is just a store house of inspiration. I saw a very similar wreath on her website and knew I wanted to make my own.
She used real gingerbread cookie dough but I wanted mine to last longer than just this season so I used a salt dough instead. This is the recipe I used:
- 4 cups all-purpose flour
- 1 cup salt
- 1 3/4 cups warm water
- 1/4 cup cinnamon (this was just for the coloring and scent…I’m sure food coloring would work just as well for color)
Preheat the oven to 300 degrees.
Mix the flour, cinnamon and salt thoroughly. Then gradually add the water stirring with a spoon and then kneading with your hands until the dough is soft and pliable.
Roll out on floured surface until dough is desired thickness. Then cut gingerbread men with cookie cutter and place on cookie sheet.
Bake at 300 for 1 hour. ***Remove from cookie sheet immediately after coming out the oven***
I cut out the gingerbread men (with a little help from my assistant) and placed them on the cookie sheet in a circle. I put a little bit of water on the hands and feet as I attached the gingerbread men together.
After baking them, I removed them from the pan immediately. I can’t stress how important this is…I had some extras on my last pan that I forgot to take off immediately and it is virtually impossible to get them off…at least in one piece.
Looking back I should have wiped the flour off of them before baking. I had some color variations after baking that I wish I could have avoided.
I wanted my wreath to last for a while so I put a coat of polyurethane on the wreath and while it was still wet, sprinkled some kosher salt on it to make the gingerbread men look like they had sugar on them.
Finally, I weaved a ribbon in and out of the gingerbread men and then just tied it at the top.
I used the extra dough to make some little gingerbread ornaments. We’ll use those ornaments for gifts for some Awana leaders and Sunday School teachers.