A Simple Gingerbread Cookie Recipe Inspired by Gingerbread for Liberty!

We have just the thing for a cold winter day—a recipe for simple, but delicious gingerbread cookies in honor of the new picture book Gingerbread for Liberty!: How a German Baker Helped Win the American Revolution.

First step, make sure you have all the ingredients:


Second step, click on the recipe card below to enlarge the image (recipe also found on the book’s end papers) and follow the eight easy steps:


Third step, invite us all over for some freshly-baked cookies! Okay, okay, we get it. They’re so good you don’t want to share. In that case, visit us on social media and post a pic of your creation instead!

About the Book:

Gingerbread for Liberty! by Mara Rockliff and illustrated by Vincent X. Kirsch is based on the life of Christopher Ludwick, a Philadelphia baker of German descent and a forgotten hero of the American Revolution. When the Revolution came, Ludwick rushed to serve despite his age. Refusing payment, he built ovens and bought flour to bake bread for the hungry troops. He also embarked on a risky mission across enemy lines. The book is illustrated in a cut-paper style meant to resemble freshly baked gingerbread cookies and contains an author’s note about Ludwick’s life.

“This appealing concoction is a powerful reminder of the good one person can do.”

* “A sweet addition to Revolutionary War units where a more behind-the-scenes look is desired and a nonfiction twist on gingerbread-themed storytimes.”
—School Library Journal, starred review

* “Rockliff’s story celebrates an unheralded historical figure, reinforces the value of creatively employing one’s skills, and reminds readers that heroes can be found in surprising places.”
—Publishers Weekly, starred review