Updated February 8, 2017.
Gluten Free Gingerbread Cookies are a delightful holiday celebration of spicy flavors steeped in ancient times, the oldest known gingerbread recipe dating from as far back as 2400 BC., in Greece.
Through the ages, various versions of gingerbread have permeated cultures world-wide, mostly in the form of dry ginger biscuits cut into shapes of royal figure-heads and animals.
Sometime during the Middle Ages, the English began decorating their ginger biscuits, after the practice was introduced by Queen Elizabeth I at a festival; gold leaf was often used.
During this same era, elaborate gingerbread houses originated in Germany and became a Christmas tradition.
Thence, gingerbread became the stuff of fairy tales and holidays.
Remember the ornate gingerbread house in the fairy tale, Hansel and Gretel, by the Brothers Grimm?
Gingerbread men are immortalized in Tchaikovsky’s, The Nutcracker, a Christmas ballet, and are main characters in one of my favorite childhood games, Candy Land.
Then, there’s the modern day take on the gingerbread man, “Gingy” in the movie, Shrek.
What about every child’s favorite American folk tale, The Gingerbread Man?
“Run! Run . . . as fast as you can!
You can’t catch him.
He’s the Gingerbread man!”
Time: about 4 hours
Servings: About 24 cookies
* Recipe adapted from The Gingerbread Man, retold by Eric A. Kimmel.
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