Seeing gingerbread faces wherever you travel is a sign that the holiday Christmas season is in full swing. Get a breakdown of different faces and expressions that you can add to your gingerbread cookies.
Fun Facial Expressions
Not every gingerbread face is a happy one. Plenty of artistic licenses can be taken when making a gingerbread face on a cake or cookie. Popular alternatives to a happy look include:
- Surprise: Use a "take a bite out" cookie-cutter with a fake bite taken out of the gingerbread man's head. Draw high eyebrows and a small "o" for a mouth to indicate surprise.
- Grumpy: A wrinkled nose and frown make any happy face upset. To add a little charm, give the grumpy man some downward-pointing dimples.
- Winking: A smiling face with a winking eye is a whimsical alternative to a simple happy, gingerbread man's face.
- Kissing: Give your sweetheart a face with lips puckered and eyes shut (straight lines in icing).
- Bashful: Add some pink cheeks and eyebrow lines with a little upward tilt.
- Ecstatic: Make little curved lines for eyes and a big smile with teeth.
Different Types of Gingerbread People Faces
While you can create unisex gingerbread cookies with different fun facial expressions, you can also customize your gingerbread to make them even more adorable.
Create a special face just for grandparents. Add glasses, whiskers, or a pipe for grandpa; an old-fashioned bonnet is perfect for grandma.
A baby face is easily made out of gingerbread. Make the cheeks as chubby and round as possible. At the top of the face, add a single curled tuft of hair in white icing. A bow in the middle of the curl could identify a baby girl.
While most gingerbread faces are that of men, females can be made with ease. Long eyelashes and brighter cheeks are typical characteristics of a woman's gingerbread face. Adding a large bow at the top of the head is another way. Making the mouth red or pink can help, too.
Precious Ginger Faces
You've probably seen those Precious Moments collectible figurines with the large eyes and chubby faces. Mimic this with your ginger people by giving them large eyes that take up a good majority of their face. Add a little button nose, line smile, and some blushing cheeks. What a precious ginger face you've created.
Fancy Ginger Man
If you want to make your gingerbread fancy, then add a large mustache and monocle. You can even add a little top hat to really deck him out.
Nerdy Ginger Faces
Large eyes and smiles are great, but if you want to get your nerd on, add some glasses and a few freckles to your ginger person. What could be cuter than a nerdy little cookie?
Cool Ginger Face
Make your gingerbread man look cool by adding a stocking cap. Add half eyes along the line of the cap and a smirky smile.
Famous Christmas Gingerbread Faces
While you can add your own custom faces to your ginger people, you can also get them into character. This is next-level gingerbread face creations.
To make your gingerbread man look like Santa, add a white beard and red hat. He also needs some rosy cheeks.
Add a big red nose and some antlers to turn your gingerbread cookie into Rudolph. Add a small mouth and eyes to round out your gingerbread character.
To make a penguin-looking gingerbread face, add a white triangle in frosting. Put an orange peak at the end of the triangle and two round black eyes. Round out your character with a black tuxedo.
Gingerbread cookies don't always have to be little people. You can make a snowman face by adding an orange carrot shape nose and two black eyes. Finish it off with a little smile.