bon(e) appétit – “ginger-dead” men cookies

"ginger-dead" men

“ginger-dead” men

Obviously I follow Martha Stewart on Instagram. She recently ‘grammed’ a photo of “ginger-dead” men, and I fell in love. Two of my greatest passions collided, baking and anatomy. It had tibia fate! (Bad anatomy joke of the day…). So I knew that I had to make these little skeleton men for a Halloween treat!

Our local market recently started carrying the Among Friends Baking Mixes that I have been wanting to try. Among Friends Baking Mixes is “full of all the good stuff, and free of all the bad stuff.” I love that more and more companies are popping up with mixes to rival the traditional Betty Crocker mixes. Plus many of these companies are coming up with mixes that are all natural, gluten free, dairy free, soy free, nut free, everything free. There is literally no excuse not to bake now!

I picked up the shane’s sweet & spicy – molasses ginger cookie mix in hopes of transforming it into the perfect gingerbread cookie mix. It was a success! This will most likely be my go to recipe this winter for more traditional gingerbread men and women! The cookies had just the right amount of nutty spice and were crispy and light!

Adapted recipe below!




  • 2 cups powdered sugar
  • 2 tablespoons milk


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  2. Combine all ingredients and mix well with mixer. Cookie dough will be slightly sticky. Mold dough into a large ball.
  3. Refrigerate dough for approximately 10 minutes (to prevent spreading of cookies).
  4. Flour a surface to roll out the cookies. Place dough ball onto floured surface and pat well with flour.
  5. Flour rolling pin and roll out dough to approximately 1/4″ thick.
  6. Using gingerbread men/women cookie cutter, press out cookies. Place cookies about one inch apart on cookie sheet.
  7. Bake for 7-9 minutes until lightly browned around edges. Place remaining dough in the refrigerator while baking.
  8. Cool baked cookies on wire rack.
  9. Repeat steps 5-7 until dough is gone.
  10. When cookies are cool, combine 2 cups powdered sugar and 2 tablespoons milk to make a thick icing.
  11. Using a piping bag with a small round hole, pipe skeleton bones onto the gingerbread cookies. Be as creative or as anatomically correct as your heart desires!
among friends' baking mix

among friends baking mix

beautiful measuring spoons and cake server that i received as a birthday gift from my incredible friend sarah!

beautiful measuring spoons (that i couldn’t wait to use) and cake server that i received as a birthday gift from my incredible friend sarah!

fall cookie cutters of choice

fall cookie cutters of choice

ready to be baked!

ready to be baked!


cooled & ready to become "ginger-dead" men!

cooled & ready to become “ginger-dead” men!

"ginger-dead" men

“ginger-dead” men


ginger-dead men & candy corn

ginger-dead men & candy corn


not quite anatomically correct…

ready to be enjoyed!

bon[e] appétit!

taylor brass

brass blossom

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