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Gingerbread goodies to make with the grandkids.

When it’s Christmas time, it’s time for gingerbread. This old-fashioned flavor always evokes good memories of days gone by. And while many of the gingerbread recipes are a bit time-consuming, we’re ready to spend a little time when our grandchildren will be the happy recipients.

Here are some fantastic  gingerbread recipes  at Christmas time and treats to keep everyone happy from age 1 to 101. Some of them are make-ahead to delight the grandchildren and others invite little hands to be part of the fun.

Munchkin Munchies

This post from several Christmas times ago is a real winner. You’ll find the basic gingerbread recipe plus some special ways to use the finished products.

First begin by making Gingerbread Grandchildren, one for each grandchild you have. Then follow the easy decorating directions. These grandchildren will stand up as place favors for each child at the family dinner. Keep a batch of gingerbread dough wrapped tightly in the refrigerator or freezer for baking more little men with the grandkids while they visit.

Every child loves decorating gingerbread houses. Make the house ahead of time and gather the candies and frostings you’ll need to help the kids do the decorating. For a simpler project, make individual gingerbread house shaped cookies to decorate on a flat surface.

Easy Gingerbread Bars

This recipe makes a full pan of soft gingerbread ready to cut into gingerbread men or any other shape you desire. The leftover pieces are kept to crumble over vanilla ice cream. Your grandkids will want to do this fun recipe several times.

Gingerbread Cookie Trees

This beautiful cookie tree is made of circular gingerbread shapes and icing. You can make an equally nice tree with star-shaped cookies. The grandkids will love making these. They can be refrigerated and kept for several days, but they will probably be eaten promptly.

From Real Simple

If you’re a working Grandma and need some gingerbread goodies and accessories ready-made, try this site. You’ll find gingerbread man pans, gift tags, a gingerbread house kit and more.

Twenty-five Gingerbread Recipes

Maybe you and your grandchildren would like to try something new this year. This site has a wealth of gingerbread recipes to brighten up holiday meals. Try the bars, the dipped gingerbread men, the gingerbread waffles for a holiday breakfast or brunch or some unique gingerbread oatmeal.

Don’t Forget Fido

If your family are dog lovers, the grandkids will get a kick out of helping you make these gingerbread dog bones. Cookies for the four-legged set.