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Gingerbread Man Balls

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When life gives you weak disappointing gingerbread men that crumble under pressure, rip their stupid little heads off, pulverize, sweeten, and roll into the balls they never had. Then coat with chocolate.

Too far?

It should come as no surprise that this “recipe” is the result of a failed attempt at making actual gingerbread men doing yoga poses. (Also it’s been raining for days and as a result I hate everyone and everything.) Not one to be defeated by a crumbling gingerbread yogi, I decided to take matters into my own hands and mold the men into something better.

Gingerbread Man Balls

This “recipe” will be damn near impossible to recreate exactly since I made it as a result of completely ruining a real recipe and then going on a rampage in the kitchen. So good luck! The story goes like this: I made the gingerbread cookies from Vegan Cookies Invade Your Cookie Jar. The recipe was perfect, but my intricate yoga gingerbread man cookie cutters make the cookies crumble. I thought that perhaps topping the cookies with frosting would hide their flaws so that’s what I did. Nope. I was out of powdered sugar, which pretty much ruined that plan. Deliriously angry at this point, I tried making frosting with vegan butter, maple syrup and finely shredded coconut. Spoiler alert: It did not work. I threw the non-frosting into the freezer, the gingerbread limbs into a bag, and gave up. The next day, this idea came to me…


  • 1 crumbled batch of failed gingerbread men
  • 1 cup of failed frosting (or real frosting if you have it)
  • 1 cup chocolate chips (dark or white)
  • 1 tablespoon coconut oil
  • 2 tablespoons almond milk


  1. Pulverize your gingerbread men and mix the crumbs together with your frosting to create a thick dough
  2. Roll dough into 1-inch balls and place on a cookie sheet in the freezer to set for about an hour
  3. When balls are set, combine chocolate chips, coconut oil and almond milk in a bowl and microwave at 30-second intervals until melted, stirring frequently. (You can add more or less almond milk to reach desired smooth consistency.)
  4. One at a time, drop gingerbread man balls into the chocolate and then onto a parchment lined cookie sheet.
  5. Put balls back in the freezer to set. Once set, store in an airtight container in the fridge.


So that’s the story about the last time I ever try to make gingerbread men do yoga. The up side? The gingerbread balls are better than the gingerbread yogis by like a million points. They’re like gingerbread cookie dough balls covered in chocolate. Ain’t nothin’ wrong with that.



  1. TaMo TaMo

    It is 1 degree and lightly snowing here. Arghhhhhhhhhh! It’s going to be a long winter. Almost 70% of the country has snow cover, according to GMA.

  2. These look and sound amazing.

  3. Lisa Lisa

    Katie I absolutely Adore you 😀

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