What more festive thing to make during the holidays than a gingerbread “something.” Some people make gingerbread houses, we make gingerbread sleds!
What more festive thing to make during the holidays than a gingerbread “something.”
Some people make gingerbread houses, others make gingerbread men, but in my family growing up, my mother always slaved over gingerbread sleds – making the dough, rolling it out, tediously cutting around the paper patterns, assembling the sleds, etc, so that we children could excitedly decorate them, fill them with goodies and take them to neighbors and friends.
And don’t forget the part about eating our fill of candy while decorating.
After attempting to make these the first year of my marriage, I completely nixed the tradition and called my mom to tell her how much I appreciated her toiling over these sleds year after year. It was hard work! However, at the encouragement of my husband, I have again adopted this holiday tradition since our children are old enough to have fun with it.
It is well worth the effort, even though you will usually find me complaining while rolling out and cutting the dough. This year, I did some research and found a company that makes a kit for you to make your own cookie cutters and did just that, made my own gingerbread sled cookie cutters.
It completely revolutionized the process. For those who don’t want to do that, I have included the age-old patterns my mom used for years to cut around with a sharp knife (enlarge the image to 8 1/2 X 11 and you’ll have the correct pattern dimensions). Enjoy!
CLICK HERE FOR A PDF OF THE CUT-YOURSELF GINGERBREAD SLED PATTERN.
For the Gingerbread:
For the icing: