Gingerbread Men Cookies Recipe
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Gingerbread Men Cookies Recipe

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No holiday cookie platter would be complete without gingerbread men! This is a tried-and-true recipe I'm happy to share with you.—Mitzi Sentiff, Annapolis, Maryland
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 40 min. + chilling Bake: 10 min./batch + cooling
MAKES:26 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 40 min. + chilling Bake: 10 min./batch + cooling
MAKES: 26 servings


  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 3/4 cup packed dark brown sugar
  • 1/3 cup molasses
  • 1 large egg
  • 2 tablespoons water
  • 2-2/3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 teaspoons ground ginger
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground allspice
  • Frosting of choice

Nutritional Facts

1 cookie (calculated without frosting): 118 calories, 4g fat (2g saturated fat), 17mg cholesterol, 128mg sodium, 19g carbohydrate (9g sugars, 0 fiber), 2g protein.


  1. Cream butter and brown sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in molasses, egg and water. In another bowl, whisk together remaining ingredients minus frosting; gradually beat into creamed mixture. Divide dough in half. Shape each into a disk; wrap in plastic. Refrigerate until easy to handle, about 30 minutes.
  2. Preheat oven to 350°. On a lightly floured surface, roll each portion of dough to 1/8-in. thickness. Cut with a floured 4-in. gingerbread man cookie cutter. Place 2 in. apart on greased baking sheets.
  3. Bake until edges are firm, 8-10 minutes. Remove to wire racks to cool completely. Frost as desired. Yield: about 2 dozen.
Originally published as Gingerbread Men in Taste of Home's Holiday & Celebrations Cookbook Annual 2007, p87

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Nancy User ID: 8978291 257598
Reviewed Dec. 3, 2016

"TOTAL FAIL! WAY too soft! After 30 minutes in the fridge was still too soft. Left overnight and attempted to roll out. Even with a very generous flouring was difficult to roll. After cutting cookies, they could not be lifted onto the cookie sheet. Tried to pull the dough back together to mix in some more flour the dough completely stuck to the counter and my hands. Needed my daughter's help to scrape the dough off my hands and into the trash."

Emily User ID: 8972649 257081
Reviewed Nov. 21, 2016

"These are SO good!!! I have celiac and my toddler has a gluten sensitivity, so I replaced the wheat flour with Cup4Cup Gluten Free flour. I didn't even have ginger, but I used pumpkin pie spice and really...I didn't miss the ginger. It had so much spice and flavor - got tons of compliments on them! I also put the dough in the fridge overnight to make it a little more workable, and it worked perfectly. This will be our go-to recipe. My toddler LOVES them :)"

judontmesswithme User ID: 7075186 245716
Reviewed Mar. 20, 2016

"This is my family's favorite gingerbread cookie recipe. I bring them to work every year and have for the past 3 years or so. They are chewy, and they have the very nice gingerbread taste that all gingerbread cookies should have. Not too spicy. I noticed that they don't go stale quickly either. One suggestion: as others have said, leave out the water, otherwise they're too much of a mess and difficult to work with."

Hakesh2000 User ID: 8680316 240641
Reviewed Dec. 30, 2015

"I am brazilian and we don't have gingerbread man cookies as a tradition. We don't have them even to buy in stores and supermarkets. Maybe in special stores, but I, myself, had never tasted them.

It was kind of easy to find the ingredients (allspice and molasses are more difficult, really molasses is impossible, but I replaced it with a syrup made by myself with brown sugar and water).
I LOVED the taste and the smell. My family found the cookies fantastic. We had never ate this kind of cookies, but everyone was amazed. It is very seasoned, but the flavours are well combined and become perfect.
It was difficult to decorate! Everybody wanted to eat before.
The dough was really soft, but freezing worked perfectly to mold it. I used it half without freezing. It was not easy, but worked perfectly.
Loved the recipe!
Thanks for sharing, friend!
I want to give 5 star, but my iPad is not helping me! I am trying. If it gets just 1 star, it is a mistake! It is a 5 star recipe!!!"

SheriSebGabe User ID: 8674835 240155
Reviewed Dec. 24, 2015 Edited Dec. 26, 2015

"Edit: I realized after the fact what I did wrong. I added a cup of butter instead of half a cup. It took a lot of extra flour and a bit more refrigeration, but I managed to turn it around and make some really great cookies! They were a big hit with the kids.

I see all these great reviews, but I feel like the slow kid in the class because mine did not come out well at all. Followed the recipe to the letter, but my dough was slushy and smooth. It stuck to the counter even after I applied a lot of extra flour. The taste is great, but the dough is goopy. :("

windgated User ID: 8674456 240111
Reviewed Dec. 24, 2015

"Wonderful recipe. Thank you Kap10 for the advice to omit the water. dough was easy to work with."

Kresimira User ID: 8175465 239869
Reviewed Dec. 20, 2015

"Grand recipe.......dough was easy to manage...I will add a little extra spice next time and maybe a minute or less baking time.. Overall a great experience, I'd never made Ginger bread before ...Looking forward to decorating them...I know they will be enjoyed!"

dan808 User ID: 8669842 239830
Reviewed Dec. 20, 2015

"I added about 4 tablespoons of flour on the second batch the dough was a lot less gooey and much easier to roll out. My daughter enjoyed cutting them out. They have a great flavor and were enjoyed greatly by her classmates."

TheyCallMeAl User ID: 8666794 239641
Reviewed Dec. 17, 2015

"Okay, so a couple things, if a big goof ball like me can follow this and get it right anyone can. I do hope I'm not being too bold as to offer one alternative though. I used light brown sugar and real ginger and oh dear lord. Yum yum yum yum"

Caligirl7737 User ID: 8666410 239612
Reviewed Dec. 17, 2015

"Amazing recipe! I used light brown sugar in mine and they came out fantastic! Wish it gave me the option to post a picture."

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