I just bought an old book about Christmas in Germany (where I was born and lived my first few years). It had mouth-watering photos of gingerbread men that were 3-dimensional and actually made out of bread and decorated with nuts and raisins. The book described them as sweet and spicy.
Of course, you can find a million recipes for flat gingerbread cookies. I've also found a couple for cake-like "gingerbread" that looks like banana or zucchini bread. But sweet breads like that tend to be so crumbly that I don't see how you could reasonably shape them into men.
The gingerbread men in this book looked like crusty yeast rolls, brushed with egg (or perhaps butter), so they were shiny. But also gingery and sweet!
Do any of you have such a recipe?