My Homemade Gingerbread Men are not only great to eat but can be used as Christmas decorations, edible Christmas gifts, and you can even use the dough to make my Gingerbread House Log Cabin.
Hi Bold Bakers!
Christmas is all about COOKIES! And one of the most iconic cookies for the holidays have to be Homemade Gingerbread Men Cookies. This spiced cookie dough is so simple to make and the dough goes a very long way. You don’t have to be a pro to make the sweetest looking gingerbread men, with my recipe you’ll have all tips and trick to making these adorable Homemade Gingerbread Men!
Can Gingerbread Men be made ahead of time?
To get ahead this Christmas, I like to make this dough, and maybe even double it and then pop it into the freezer in big chunks. Then I can take out this Gingerbread Men dough when I know I’ll have guests over and bake off some fresh cookies. This whole recipe should provide you with lots of cookies for friends and family over the Holidays.
How do i make gingerbread?
No matter what shape you choose to bake these into, they pack a holiday punch as they are loaded with spiced and molassas! Ginger, cinnmaon and clove makes these cookies sweet and spicy while the molasses and brown sugar keep this cookie moist and chewy, which is what allows it to be shaped into all kinds of fun things from little me to entire gingerbread cookie homes! The cookie itself is really easy to make and can be made in one bowl with a whisk or hand mixer.
How to decorate gingerbread men
These delightful little men are so simple to decorate if you have the desire to do so. I fill a bag full of my Royal Icing and go to town. Now, as you can see I am not winning any awards for my cookie decorating skills. However with a few squiggly lines and some festive sprinkles you can transform plain Gingerbread Men into these lovely little guys that look like they might talk to you. Get creative and have fun, if you don’t like the decoration you added simply let it dry then remove it and start again.
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- ¾ cup (6oz/171g) butter, softened
- 1 cup (7.5oz/ 216g) packed brown sugar
- 1 egg
- ¾ cup (9oz/ 260g) molasses/treacle (or honey if molasses isn't available)
- 4 cups (1lb 2⅛oz, 537g) all-purpose flour
- 2 teaspoons ground ginger
- 1-1/2 teaspoons baking soda
- 1-1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
- ¾ teaspoon ground cloves
- ¼ teaspoon salt
In a large bowl, cream butter and brown sugar until light and fluffy. Add egg and molasses. Combine the flour, ginger, baking soda, cinnamon, cloves and salt; gradually add to creamed mixture and mix well. Cover and refrigerate for 1 hours or overnight or until easy to handle.
On a lightly floured surface, roll dough to 1/4 in. thickness.
Cut out your cookies with cookie cutters. Carefully place them on a baking tray lined with parchment.
Bake at 350oF (180oC) for 12-15 minutes.
Once cooled decorate with royal icing or store then in an air tight container for up to 7 days. The crisper they are the longer they will stay fresh.
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