Mrs. Obama tapped into a long-standing White House tradition of using gingerbread men on the tree. Mrs. Obama’s gingerbread ornaments are not edible, but they make a wonderful family project. After the gingerbread men have dried for a few days, children of all ages can help embellish them.
Supplies: rolling pin or glass bottle, gingerbread cookie cutter, 1 cup ground cinnamon, 1 cup applesauce, 1/4 cup white glue, wax paper, 1 plastic drinking straw.
Tip: You can use buttons, ribbon, yarn or fabric scraps to decorate your gingerbread ornaments.
Combine the cinnamon, applesauce and glue. Mix thoroughly. Dough should be stiff; add more cinnamon if it is too soft.
Roll mixture between sheets of wax paper to 1/4 inch thickness.
Cut the gingerbread shapes with cutter, and make a hanging hole with a straw. Move to drying rack, paper towel, or newspaper. Allow to dry for 2 to 3 days, carefully flipping occasionally. Ornaments will lighten in color as they dry.
When dry, decorate as you like!
Make a couple gingerbread men without the straw hole. You can tuck these into your mantle greens or table centerpiece. They are adorable!
REPRINTED WITH PERMISSION FROM THE WHITE HOUSE