Monday, February 17, 2020

Cover Reveal Gingerdead Man #Book #Giveaway #Recipe by Maya Corrigan


MAYA: I'm excited to share the cover of my upcoming book, Gingerdead Man, which comes out September 29, 2020. It’s my 7th Five-Ingredient Mystery, featuring café manager Val and her live-wire grandfather solving murders in a Chesapeake Bay tourist town. Here's a taste of what's inside Gingerdead Man.

This holiday season Bayport, Maryland, is a dead ringer for Victorian London. Val and her grandfather are taking part in the Dickens of a Holiday festival. At day’s end Val hosts a tea party for the festival's costumed volunteers, who range from Dickens divas like Madame Defarge and Miss Havisham to Ebenezer Scrooge and the Ghost of Christmas Past. Santa and Mrs. Claus join the tea party.

But one costumed reveler may have gotten the holidays mixed up. A figure robed in black with head encased in a gift bag hands out gingerbread men with skeleton bones outlined in white icing. Known as gingerdead men, the cookies are common Halloween treats. All the volunteers put aside the creepy cookies in favor of Val’s desserts, except for Santa, who gobbles down his gingerdead man. When the man in red turns blue, Val and Granddad have a cookie-cutter killer to catch before another victim is stamped out.

Even if you've never seen or heard of a gingerdead man, you'll easily pick out the one on the cover. To make gingerdead men, follow any recipe for gingerbread men. After you’ve rolled out the dough, you use a special cookie cutter. Cut each cookie out with the hollow side and then turn it over to stamp the bones, creating the indentations for the white icing. 

Gingerdead Man Cookie Cutter
I can't share a gingerbread man recipe because I'm not a fan of them. I'd much rather bake and eat Grasmere gingerbread. It's so famous and popular in England that people travel to the small town of Grasmere in the lake district just to buy its famous gingerbread. I highly recommend this easy-to-make and yummy treat.


Grasmere Gingerbread

Adapted from English Food by Jane Grigson. 


1 cup + 2 tablespoons flour 
1/2 cup + 1 tablespoons light brown sugar
1 1/2 teaspoons ground ginger
1/4 teaspoon baking powder
10 tablespoons butter  
1-2 tablespoons chopped crystallized ginger [Optional, but highly recommended.]

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
Line a 7 X 11 inch oblong pan with parchment paper. 
Mix the dry ingredients together.
Melt the butter and add it to the dry ingredients.
Add the chopped crystallized ginger to taste, one tablespoon if you’re not sure if you like it and two if you know you do. This recipe makes a crumbly gingerbread bar, and the chewiness of the crystallized ginger is a change and an added treat.

Spread the mixture over the pan in a thin layer, pressing it down lightly with fingers or the bottom of a glass.
Bake until golden brown - about 25-30 minutes.

Cut the gingerbread into squares or rectangles while the gingerbread is still hot, but leave it in the pan to cool before removing it. 










Do you like gingerbread? What do you think of the cover of Gingerdead Man

Leave a comment below about gingerbread or the book cover to enter a drawing for a free Five-Ingredient Mystery. The last day to enter is February 25th.

142 comments:

  1. I love gingerbread and this recipe sounds yummy! Thank you for the chance to win!!

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    1. Thank you for commenting, Ashley. Good luck in the raffle.

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  2. I think the cover is very pretty. I love Christmas. Thanks for showing how those kind of cookie cutters work. I'm going to go look at my boxful and see if any of them could be turned over to make dents for the frosting. Thanks for the giveaway, too! ckmbeg (at) gmail (dot) com

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    1. Thank you, Riley. The only place I found gingerbread man cookies with dents for the bones was online. Amazon sells them as do other online retailers.

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  3. Congratulations on your new book. The cover is wonderful. I love ginger bread. When our son was in cub scouts, they all went over to a fellow cub scouts house for a Christmas party. The mom made all kinds of treats, several of which were gingerbread recipes. Unfortunately our son had a severe reaction. I tested the theory in my brain and sure enough he is allergic to ginger. At the age of 34 today, he is still sensitive to ginger. But I made sure that when I made gingerbread I also made something for him. quilting lady 2 at comcast dot net

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    1. Thank you for commenting, Lori. I didn't know someone could have a reaction to ginger.

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  4. Oooh can't wait until this book comes out !! The cover is great. I like gingerbread in moderation. Vicki nvictoria77(at)yahoo(dot)com

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    1. Thank you for commenting, Vicki. You'd better not make the recipe I shared because you will not eat the gingerbread in moderation. It's pretty addictive.

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  5. I haven't come across Grasmere Gingerbread but love bits of candied ginger in my gingerbread. Love the added flavor and texture boost it gives. Thanks for sharing the recipe.
    little lamb lst at yahoo dot com

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    1. Thanks for commenting, Lil. I was surprised at what a difference the candied ginger made to the recipe. Good luck in the raffle.

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  6. Gingerbread is a real treat. The flavor brings me back to when I was young and my grandmother who was a great baker made cookies, and muffins for the entire family. saubleb(at)gmail(dot)com

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  7. What a cute cover but I am wondering just what the Elf may be plotting, lol.

    wfnren at aol dot com

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  8. I love that cover, and that cookie cutter is something else! I'm with you, though, I much prefer gingerbread. Thanks for the recipe and the giveaway.
    sallycootie(at)gmail(dot)com

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  10. Yummy! Both the recipe and the book. rgp1950@yahoo.com

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  11. I'm not a huge fan of gingerbread man cookies but your recipe sounds yummy! I think the reason I like gingerbread over the gingerbread man cookies is because the cookies can be so incredibly sweet with all of the icing on them.
    scarletbegonia5858(at)gmail(dot)com

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  12. Love gingerbread.
    When I was a girl scout we made it using the campfire. A layer of applesauce in the bottom of a Dutch oven, then the gingerbread batter.
    It was great ever so slightly under-cooked, with the hot applesauce.
    libbydodd at comcast dot net

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    1. I've never heard of adding applesauce to the gingerbread batter. Sounds delicious. Thanks for commenting.

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  13. I love gingerbread cookies. The cover is wonderful! lsum1258 at aol dot com

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  14. I’m not particularly partial to gingerbread but the cover is adorable!
    meeshpsych@aol.com

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  15. I love gingerbread and the cover is great. bella_ringer@hotmail.com

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  16. I love gingerbread, so thanks so much for the recipe! I also love the cover - it immediately puts a reader in the Christmas spirit. I particularly like the nutcracker. Thanks for the giveaway! aut1063(at)gmail(dot)com

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  17. The book cover is very interesting.. especially with the Elf on a Shelf sitting front and center. As to gingerbread cookies.. The only time we eat them is when we visit Colonial Williamsburg in Virginia. We get them fresh from the bakery there.

    NoraAdrienne (at) gmail (dot) com

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  18. Cute cover. recipe sounds easy enough even for me! Thanks for chance to win this book. Diane
    dlkdls318@att.net

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  19. LOVE the cover of "Gingerdead Man"! Definitely an attention getting and would have me picking up the book even if I didn't know who wrote it.

    I've not had that much dealing with gingerbread men either. I do love the recipe for the gingerbread that my Granny passed down to me. It has sorghum syrup in it and makes a moist and tasty cake. The recipe for Grasmere Gingerbread sure peaks my interest. Sounds yummy! I have to admit that I've never used crystallized ginger, but I can see that is about to change. :)

    Thank you for the fabulous opportunity to win a copy of a Five-Ingredient Mystery book. Shared and hoping to be the very fortunate one selected.

    I will waiting for the much anticipated book release this fall.
    2clowns at arkansas dot net

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  20. Love the cover and can’t wait to read it

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  21. Love the cover and your gingerbread man/skeleton cookie cutter. Would love the chance to read it.
    Thanks, Sandy G
    Sand1948(at)gmail(dot)com

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  22. I love gingerbread. The smell just reminds me of fall and Christmas!

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  23. I like the cover. It's very eye catching. I'm not a big fan of gingerbread. My husband likes it, preferring the soft gingerbread to the crisp cut out type.

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  24. I love gingerbread but not the cookies. They are just ok. I also love ginger snaps and ginger cookies. I don’t know what it is about gingerbread men cookies. They just don’t have the taste and texture I want. At least the ones I’ve eaten. I think the cover is cute. suefoster109 at gmail dot com

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  25. Gingerbread and hot tea is my favorite winter snack.

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  26. The book cover is beautiful. I'd love to win th ed giveaway

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  27. I love Gingerbread anything. I'm from MD glad it's part of your book. Would love to win.

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  28. I love this!!!
    Gingerbread is one of my favorites.

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  29. I do like gingerbread & the cover is adorable. I also like your serving dish - very pretty.
    turtle6422 at gmail dot com

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  30. I love it, great review I love this series
    Penney

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