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Homemade Gingerbread Men

4.77 from 38 votes
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!

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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.

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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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Gingerbread Men Cookies Recipe

4.77 from 38 votes
Make your Christmas Cookies Bolder and better with my Homemade Gingerbread Men Cookies. You can make these sweet little guys or even a Gingerbread House!
Author: Gemma Stafford
Make your Christmas Cookies Bolder and better with my Homemade Gingerbread Men Cookies. You can make these sweet little guys or even a Gingerbread House!
Author: Gemma Stafford

Ingredients

  • 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

Instructions

  • 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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11 months ago

I actually have a question; are these soft cookies or hard cookie? I prefer if they are soft & chewy almost cake like; does the recipe or cooking time change if I want this type of cookie? Please advise.

Gunjan
Gunjan
11 months ago

Hey Gemma, can I use maple syrup instead of molasses and honey? And if yes thn what quantity. Also how to make royal icing for cookie decoration? Thanks

1 year ago

Hi Gemma,
I made this cookies for the first time and went very well. I used honey instead of molasses, but they are very delicious and full of christmas and winter flavors. Thank you and Happy new year!

Best wishes
Natasha

Charlotte
Charlotte
1 month ago

How do you make ground ginger at home?

11 months ago

Would the baking “science” work with brown / wholemeal flour instead of white?

cooking it
5 days ago

HI Gemma,
I really do love all the recipes that I have tried from your website.They all work! I love the videos too. Just a question: How many cookies does the gingerbread recipe makes? carry on with the great job!

Abigail Snow
Abigail Snow
3 months ago

Hi Gemma, I love your recipes! I currently have your Best Ever Chocolate chip cookies ageing in the fridge 🙂 I’m an American living in South Africa and am often puzzled by what to do with brown sugar in recipes. The brown sugar in America that I am accustomed to (soft and wet, almost the texture of wet sand, has a deeper and richer flavour) is very different than the brown sugar we have here in South Africa (which is dry and much lighter in flavour, looks like regular white granulated sugar but with a light brown colour). Does this… Read more »

Shweta
Shweta
5 months ago

Plz share eggless cookies

jasmine
6 months ago

how much does it make?

11 months ago

I put a splash of orange extract in right before adding flour mixture and I have to say these were a hit!!

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