Gingerbread Mummies

Soft, chewy and full of spice!  These Gingerbread Mummies are a great way to get more use out of that gingerbread man cookie cutter you have lying around.  Tons of fun to decorate with the kids and even more fun to eat!

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It’s only the first week of October and I’m already over pumpkin spice everything.  Well, sorta.  I’m just not feeling it this year.  I’m ready to move forward….I don’t even have the desire to turn my living room into a corn maze.  I usually do…have the urge to corn maze through the house but settle for a few pumpkins, leaves and glittery gourds instead.  I would love to start decorating my house for Christmas.  I’m not ready for the cold weather but I am ready for gingerbread and lots and lots of lights.  I’m ready to tack this joint up with glitter, tinsel and a big check to the electric company.  Wanna join me?

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Unfortunately, I don’t have any control over the calendar so I have to wait and follow through with all things fall and turkey.  I do love turkey.  But there’s no reason I can’t bust out the gingerbread dough and cookie cutters….and so…..Gingerbread Mummies are born.  They’re real and extremely tasty.  Let’s merge easily into the cooler weather with some spicy, warm cookies.

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When I first concocted this idea…I thought fondant or royal icing for decorating.  Something really fancy…and difficult….and not even remotely easy for a child to do.  Which kinda sucks the fun out of cookie baking.  My kids love to help and these Gingerbread Mummies are the perfect way to get their tiny hands working.  It’s a great way to help develop those fine motor skills and a great way to give mom a break when her hand cramps up.  It happens.  So…messy, zig-zagging lines are the way to go….no fondant necessary.  The only “accessory” you’ll need to buy are the Wilton Candy Eyes but they’re easy to find at any craft or baking store.

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I used my recipe for Classic Gingerbread Cookies which is always fool-proof. The icing does take a bit of time to dry so if you’re making these to give out or store in bags or take to school…I suggest making them a day ahead and storing them in a single layer on a baking sheet overnight.  If you’re making them just to eat at your leisure, just give the icing a couple of hours to set.  It’s worth the wait.  And then you can stuff your face like a starving zombie.  I don’t judge.

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Gingerbread Mummies

Course: Baking
Cuisine: American
Keyword: gingerbread cookies
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 8 minutes
Total Time: 23 minutes
Servings: 24
Calories: 161 kcal
Author: Kellie

The most fun cookies for Halloween. So great for school parties! Nut-free!

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Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter at room temperature
  • 2 1/2 cups all purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup molasses
  • 1 large egg at room temperature
  • 1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • For the frosting:
  • 2 cups sifted powdered sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 tablespoons whole milk

Instructions

  1. In a bowl of an electric mixer, beat the butter until light and fluffy.
  2. In a separate small bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, ground ginger, baking soda, cinnamon, cloves, nutmeg and salt. Set aside.
  3. Add the sugar to the butter and beat until light and fluffy. Turn the mixer to low and mix in the molasses, egg and balsamic vinegar. Slowly add the dry ingredients to the bowl and continue mixing until thoroughly combined.
  4. Cover and chill about 2 hours or until the dough is easy to handle.
  5. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
  6. Divide the dough in half and turn out onto a lightly floured surface. Roll each half of the dough to 1/4" thickness adding flour as needed, the dough is very sticky so use flour liberally to prevent your cutouts from sticking to the surface.
  7. Using cookie cutters, cut dough into shapes and place on a baking sheet lined with parchment approximately 1" apart.
  8. Bake in a 400 degree oven for 5-6 minutes. Cool on baking sheets for one minute and move to a wire rack.
  9. In a small bowl, combine the powdered sugar, vanilla and milk. Whisk to combine. Spoon mixture into a pastry bag or zip top bag and snip off the tip. Add two small dots of icing where the eyes should be and then press one eye on each dot. Decorate the mummies using a zig-zag pattern across the surface of the cookie and allow to dry for 2-4 hours or overnight.
  10. Store in an airtight container.
Nutrition Facts
Gingerbread Mummies
Amount Per Serving (0 g)
Calories 161 Calories from Fat 36
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 4g 6%
Saturated Fat 2g 10%
Cholesterol 17mg 6%
Sodium 54mg 2%
Potassium 137mg 4%
Total Carbohydrates 29g 10%
Dietary Fiber 0g 0%
Sugars 19g
Protein 1g 2%
Vitamin A 2.6%
Calcium 2.7%
Iron 5.5%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

Gingerbread Mummies

24 comments on “Gingerbread Mummies”

  1. Good gawd, no – I am not even close to ready to be thinking about Christmas yet! I can totally get behind gingerbread any time of the year, though, and these mummies are too cute…my kids would go nuts for them.

  2. My son is obsessed w/ gingerbread cookies. I am definitely going to try to make these. I can never get them quite as soft as I like them so I’m excited to try this.

  3. I’m so in love with these cookies! I am completely with you on the Christmas train!! I can’t wait!!

  4. I love that you used a gingerbread man!!! super cute!

  5. I’ve been playing with the candy eyes, too! Love gingerbread flavored cookies, and these ones are ridiculously cute! And so is your son!

  6. So cute!! And…I just photographed my first Christmas recipe this morning for our blog…I’m right there with you!

  7. These gingerbread mummies are hilarious and soooo cute!! The recipe sounds delicious and I must make this wkend for my kiddos!

  8. Love your gingerbread mummies! No need to wait for Christmas to make gingerbread. I once had a craving and made some in the middle of June 🙂

  9. I love those big ol’ eyes on your mummies. Adorable! And … that little boy at the end is even cuter!

  10. I swear after looking at these most adorable gingerbread ghosts I take back saying I don’t like Halloween. BTW great photos!

  11. So clever..it’s like a costume for the gingerbread man!

  12. These are too cute, so creative!

  13. I prefer Halloween treats that aren’t creepy, so these are right up my alley, super cute and tasty!

  14. These are possibly THE cutest gingerbread men EVER! How genius to dress them up as mummies? LOVE

  15. Those might be the cutest gingerbread cookies I’ve ever seen!

  16. What a fun take on gingerbread cookies! LOVE it!

  17. These might just be the CUTEST gingerbread men EVER EVER EVER! I need to buy some candy eyes and try this with my little one. She’d have such a blast!

  18. I love these! Super cute! Gingerbread cookies are my favorite. I love how you turned them into mummies!

  19. these are adorable! and a great excuse to make gingerbread before it’s seasonally acceptable . 😉 It’s one of my favorites, so I’m all about this.

  20. This is creative! Kids will surely love this!

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