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Homemade Gingerbread Men

4.74 from 26 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

4.74 from 26 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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Gunjan
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Gunjan
13 hours 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

Nina Kay
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Nina Kay
9 days ago

Hello! Thank you so much for posting this recipe, can’t wait to make these cookies.
If i want to freeze the dough, how long should I defrost it before shaping and baking?

Karenb87
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Karenb87
20 days ago

If I use dark brown sugar and golden syrup will I get the same result please? We dont have treacle or molasses here

Chris_0430
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Chris_0430
4 months ago

Is there any substitutes for the ground cloves? Or… where can I buy it?
Christopher (My real name is Christopher not Chris)

Member
11 months 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

Rakini
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Rakini
11 months ago

Hi Ms.Gemma. I find it difficult to get molasses in liquid form. How can I make molasses sugar into thick liquid form? Can I boil the sugar with water to get thick consistency? If so, what’s the ratio of sugar to water? Should i refrigerate it and how long can I keep it?

Lexy
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Lexy
11 months ago

Hi Gemma,

In my country we have molasses sugar, it’s not a syrup. Can I use it instead of brown sugar and will I need something syrupy to replace it?

Thank you for this amazing recipe and Happy holidays!

helda
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helda
11 months ago

beautiful ginger cookies and they are a hit for all adults and kids.. thanks for the wonderful recipe!
Merry Christmas, Gemma!

Anjulee
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Anjulee
11 months ago

Cookies came out perfectly!! So in love with your receipes.. Thanks Gemma ????

Mikkie
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Mikkie
11 months ago

???? Cookies came out wonderfully.

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