- 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
- 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.
- 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.
- Bake until edges are firm, 8-10 minutes. Remove to wire racks to cool completely. Frost as desired. Yield: about 2 dozen.
Reviews for Gingerbread Men Cookies
"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."
"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!!!"
"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. :("
"Wonderful recipe. Thank you Kap10 for the advice to omit the water. dough was easy to work with."
"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!"
"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."
"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"
"Amazing recipe! I used light brown sugar in mine and they came out fantastic! Wish it gave me the option to post a picture."
"I created an account, just to rate these cookies! I have a batch in the oven now, and they smell wonderful. After reading prev. reviews about dough being too moist, I omitted the 2 tbsp of water, and the recipe was perfect. No extra flour required, easy to handle prior to, and after refrigeration. Dough is forgiving when re-rolling, providing you are very light on the flour while doing so. Easy recipe to follow, will definitely be boxing this one for future use. Thanks for sharing."
"Very yummy cookies. I was concerned when I read the other posts about the dough being too soft so I did put in a little extra flour, and I guess it must have helped because the dough was very easy to work with and the cookies were still soft and delicious."