It is said that Britain's first Queen Elizabeth began the tradition of making gingerbread into human shapes. Rather than an anonymous figurine, though, she had them decorated to resemble her guests. Kind of makes you wonder if there was a Sir Francis Drake cookie in a sailor’s uniform, or if the Mary, Queen of Scots cookie was missing its head.
It may have been a 16th century queen who invented the practice, but Trader Joe's has taken things up a notch, making these cookies both cute and functional, as well as eminently edible, with our Mini Gingerbread Men Cookies. They're baked to a crispy exterior, bursting with ginger flavor and hints of cinnamon and cloves. We've given them a basic gingerbread-man-cookie icing (you know, facial features and the requisite buttons-down-the-front), which leaves plenty of room for you to add your personal icing touches. Plaid vest? Snow boots? Perhaps a goatee?
We're selling each 10 ounce, resealable tub of Trader Joe's Mini Gingerbread Men Cookies for $3.99, a price fit for a queen.