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Gingerbread Men Cookies

No holiday treat platter would be complete without gingerbread man cookies! 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
    about 2 dozen


  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 3/4 cup packed dark brown sugar
  • 1/3 cup molasses
  • 1 large egg, room temperature
  • 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; cover. 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.

Test Kitchen Tips
  • Tint white frosting (like this classic royal icing) with liquid, gel or paste food coloring. Liquid coloring will produce a pastel color while gel and paste create a deep hue.
  • Check out our ultimate gingerbread baking guide here!
  • These gingerbread men are fantastic make ahead Christmas cookies. Learn how to keep the cookies fresh.
  • Nutrition 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.
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    • Jennifer
      Dec 25, 2020

      The reviews weren’t great to read. I was worried after reading them. I was very happy of the end result they are yummy!! Very satisfied !! Santa has great cookies to enjoy!! Made about 2 dozen gingerbread men!!

    • Audrey
      Dec 19, 2020

      How many cookies dose it make? i want to make this recipe.

    • Sophia
      Jul 8, 2020

      No comment left

    • Jabez
      Dec 24, 2019

      Nice but needed more flavor. I added 2 tablespoons of fresh grated ginger root and felt could still use more bite or spice IMHO.

    • Sophie
      Dec 24, 2019

      Can I replace the allspice with a bit of black pepper?

    • Colleen
      Dec 2, 2019

      Tori, check your spices. Maybe they’re out of date. With all the flavorful ingredients in this cookie I’m not sure how they cold be flavorless and boring.

    • Tori
      Nov 12, 2019

      They have no flavour... very boring cookies

    • maryHodges
      Nov 2, 2019

      Great recipe. Better than the one I've been using for years! DON'T FORGET TO USE YOUR GINGERBREAD GIRL COOKIE CUTTERS< TOO...I call them "Spice girls"!

    • jackie
      Dec 17, 2018

      Anya, It would be best to use a genuine gingerbread house recipe. One that does not include eggs. Gingerbread houses are usually displayed for a while before eaten so you don't want anything that could be dangerous health wise sitting out. This is a great recipe for cookies.

    • YoxSue
      Dec 15, 2018

      they spread somewhat ... they flavor I hope ripens to give more snap ....