I am bringing an army of gingerbread men to a cookie exchange tonight! Yes, they are more work than a traditional bar or drop cookie, but isn't the cute worth it?
My grandmother always made gingerbread men to hang on her Christmas tree. A red ribbon around the neck (tied with a bow) was the perfect place to catch the wire ornament hanger. These boys hung all over her tree and we were "allowed" one as a snack when we dropped by. Picking a cookie off of a tree (like an apple!) was a thrill when I was eight. These edible ornaments continue to be a tradition in my house.
The trick is letting them dry out a bit - they need to harden up to be able to withstand the pressure of hanging. When you make your batch, don't roll them too thin. You are looking for a sturdy cookie. The recipe? "All you need is a red box (there is also a pouch, but I've never tried it) of Betty Crocker Gingerbread Cake and Cookie mix (plus a bit of water, flour and melted butter). The recipe is on the side of the red box and they come out perfectly every time. The cutter? I found this website and the "7 1/2 inch tin plated" gingerbread man looks a lot like the shape of mine.
This year if you are invited to a cookie exchange, instead of resorting to a bar cookie, maybe you can find time for the cute.