The gingerbread cookies are one of the most popular and favorite Christmas sweets. They usually have the shape of a small human, but they can also have the shape of a star, a Christmas stocking and other Christmas shapes. Many people use them as edible decorations for their Christmas tree, but they are also a nice sweet that you can serve to your guests. The first figure-shaped gingerbread cookies are documented since the reign of Elizabeth I of England, who offered them only to her special guests. Children can also help in making these cookies, especially in decorating them!