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Gingerbread Boy Cookies Recipe

Gingerbread Boy Cookies Recipe

Mom always used the same round-headed cookie cutter to make her "boys." They always came out of the oven soft and chewy with plenty of traditional molasses-ginger flavor. —Donna Sasser Hinds, Milwaukie, Oregon
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 1 hour + chilling Bake: 10 min./batch YIELD:36-48 servings


  • 1/2 cup butter, cubed
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup molasses
  • 2 teaspoons white vinegar
  • 1 egg, lightly beaten
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • Decorating icing, nonpareils, red-hot candies or candies of your choice, optional


  • 1. In a large saucepan, combine the butter, sugar, molasses and vinegar; bring to a boil, stirring constantly. Remove from the heat; cool to lukewarm. Stir in egg. Combine the flour, baking soda, ginger, cinnamon and salt; stir into molasses mixture to form a soft dough.
  • 2. Divide dough into thirds. Shape each portion into a disk; wrap in plastic wrap. Refrigerate for at least 2 hours or until easy to handle.
  • 3. On a lightly floured surface, roll dough to 1/4-in. thickness. Cut with a floured 3-in. gingerbread boy cookie cutter. Place on greased baking sheets. Bake at 375° for 7-9 minutes or until edges are firm. Remove to wire racks; cool completely. Decorate as desired. Yield: 3-4 dozen.

Nutritional Facts

1 cookie (calculated without optional ingredients) equals 64 calories, 2 g fat (1 g saturated fat), 10 mg cholesterol, 47 mg sodium, 10 g carbohydrate, trace fiber, 1 g protein.

Reviews for Gingerbread Boy Cookies

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Reviewed Dec. 21, 2015

"This has been my go to recipe since 2008. I love that it doesn't use shortening. It makes a firm cookie that tastes s good as it looks. Thank you so much for a recipe that has made tradition status at our house."

Reviewed Dec. 13, 2015

"These are horrible! I have no idea why others think these are great cookies. They are MOLASSES cookies, not gingerbread. No kid would want to eat these. I gave it one star because the texture is nice, but the flavor is so disappointing."

Reviewed Dec. 22, 2013

"These cookies turn out great; so great, my son suggested that I make a few more for our Christmas Party. I made the first bunch as Christmas presents and I can't wait to hear their response."

Reviewed Dec. 14, 2013

"Holly Cow! This is the best gingerbread boy recipe ever! I have been looking for this one a long time. I flooded them with royal icing to make snowmen. They are already all gone :("

Reviewed Dec. 22, 2012

"this is the best gingerbread cookie recipe I have ever made. So easy. I didn't have any trouble with cutting them out, the timing for cooking them was just right right. Can't wait to decorate and put them in my gift baskets."

Reviewed Dec. 17, 2012

"We made these last year and again this year because they were so good! Many gingerbread cookies are so spicy and hard, but these were soft and chewy with a nice amount of spice."

Reviewed Dec. 12, 2012

"simple and delicious!

dough was easy to make and easy to handle even for smaller hands."

Reviewed Dec. 7, 2012

"Made these cookies for a hunger benefit cookie walk. Was a bit skeptical since I have never cooked ingredients like this recipe recommended. The dough was soft but after chilling rolled out perfectly. Didn't lose a single gingerbread boy in the cutting. If I were making them for me I would have added more spices but most people aren't as accustomed to the ginerbread flavors as I am. I was not able to decorate mine quite as pretty as yours ~ but they looked good enough to eat. Thanks for sharing a great traditional cookie recipe. Christmas blessings!"

Reviewed Dec. 6, 2012

"I don't eat gingerbread cookies just not my thing.. i made this one with my kids and i just had to try it and i have to tell you that this recipes is amazing i loved it..i didn;t have to add or take away anything it was fine the way it is ,,, thanks for sharing your recipe with us"

Reviewed Dec. 3, 2012

"We make gingerbread while decorating our house for Christmas & this just became our family recipe! They are very mild but that's perfect for my kids."

Reviewed Jan. 9, 2012

"I make these with my son every Christmas. They are nice and soft and the dough is so easy to work with. We decorate with a powdered sugar icing and mini xmas M&M's"

Reviewed Dec. 24, 2011

"After reading the other reviews I wanted a bit more flavor so doubled the cinnamon and ginger and added a bit of brown sugar and vanilla. Incredible cookies! These we easy and fun to make with my son and the whole family enjoyed decorating them. The dough was a bit dry when I pulled it out of the fridge but it got better as it warmed up."

Reviewed Dec. 9, 2011

"I made these with my boys last Christmas. They were pretty good with a delicate flavor, which is fine for me since I'm not a gingerbread fan. They had a good texture and we'll probably make them again this year."

Reviewed Nov. 27, 2011

"These had very little flavor. They quickly were converted into dog treats!"

Reviewed Nov. 21, 2011

"Super easy dough to work with, and the cut-outs held their shape beautifully! Delicious gingerbread flavor, with or without icing. This recipe is a keeper!"

Reviewed Dec. 13, 2010

"Simple and delicious! My daughter was begging to make gingerbread cookies. I do not bake a lot so I was not looking forward to the time ccnsuming process. A friend recommended this Gingerbread Boy Cookies Recipe. My daughter and I had so much fun. It was so simple, that's saying a lot coming from me. They turned out perfect and everyone couldn't believe how moist they were. We can't wait to make them again."

Reviewed Dec. 8, 2010 Edited Dec. 14, 2015

"This dough is delicious and easy to handle! i even made them half whole wheat and they still turned out so well!! :)"

Reviewed Dec. 15, 2009

"I made this recipe last year at Christmas. I was very intimidated about working with molasses since I never had before but everything turned out perfect. I used store bought cookie frosting because it was easy for the kids to work with. We had a lot of fun. I think this year I may try manipulating the recipe into a whole gingerbread house."

Reviewed Nov. 22, 2009

"I love this recipe for being super duper easy and very yummy. Even without icing, these are quite yummy. They hold their shape very well. Thanks for a wonderful addition to our Christmas cookie gift baskets!"

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