I owe a formal (weak) apology to gingerbread. I badmouthed it as a relative baking newbie.
Second time around, I used SO MUCH powdered sugar to prevent stickage during rolling. It totally didn’t prevent stickage, but it helped. I was too stingy the first time.
The second time making the dough went much quicker thanks to my new, fancy, $15 electric hand mixer! Having to mix things manually the first time contributed to my bad mood….
with the first batch,
I didn’t try to make royal icing.
Meringue powder, soft
Coats lungs like drywall.
Another (freeform) haiku:
Electric hand mixer
False sense of security
What is this concrete
Once I got the icing into a freezer bag and cut the tip off, though, I managed okay. Of course, I didn’t really get the hang of piping until the very last cookie.
Here’s the outcome of the second batch:
and then I had some extra icing, which was good because I wanted to doll up the “normal” gingerbread cookies that I made once I ran out of energy to make more men
I’m supposed to go eat a polite dinner with my family very shortly, coming off of having poison-tested a crapload of these…. please send help