Fun Facts About Gingerbread Cookies:
#1. To be considered gingerbread, the recipe must feature ginger as a dominant flavor and use either honey or molasses to add sweetness.
#2. Ginger is a plant native to India and China which is prized throughout the world for its culinary and medicinal uses.
#3. Originating in the East, gingerbread is said to have been brought to Europe in 992 by a monk and was used to treat indigestion and upset stomachs.
#4. Both the Greeks and Egyptians used gingerbread in their ceremonies.
#5. Queen Elizabeth I is believed to be responsible for the first gingerbread man as she had them made to resemble visiting dignitaries and then presented them to the dignitaries as a gift.