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Gingerbread Man Cookies

Gingerbread Man Cookies

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  • Makes: 30 servings
  • Prep 1 hr
  • Chill 2 hrs
  • Bake 6 mins to 8 mins
  • Cool 1 mins

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These classic gingerbread cookies, made with dark molasses, cinnamon, and cloves, are a favorite for decorating during the holidays.


  • 5 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 -3 teaspoons ground ginger
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup unsalted butter (no substitutes), softened
  • 1 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1 cup dark molasses
  • 2 tablespoons cider vinegar
  • 1 egg
  • Powdered Sugar Icing (see recipe below) or Royal Icing (see Recipe Finder) (optional)
  • Colored sugars and decorative candies (optional)
  • Sifted powdered sugar (optional)


  1. In a medium bowl, stir together the flour, ginger, baking soda, cinnamon, cloves, and salt; set aside.
  2. In a mixing bowl, beat butter with electric mixer on medium to high speed for 30 seconds. Add brown sugar and molasses; beat until combined. Add vinegar and egg; beat well. Add flour mixture; beat at low speed until just combined. Divide the dough into 4 equal parts. Cover and chill the dough for 2 hours or until easy to handle.
  3. On a well-floured surface, roll one-quarter of the dough at a time to 1/4-inch thickness. Cut into shapes using a 3-1/2- to 4-inch gingerbread man cookie cutter (is necessary, dip cutter in flour between cuts to prevent sticking). Using a wide spatula, transfer cutouts to lightly greased cookie sheets or parchment paper-lined cookie sheets, placing cutouts 2 inches apart. Repeat with remaining dough.
  4. Bake in a 375 degree F oven for 6 to 8 minutes or until edges are firm when lightly touched. Cool on cookie sheet for 1 minute. Remove the cookies and cool completely on a wire rack.
  5. If you like, decorate with Powdered Sugar Icing or Royal Icing, colored sugars and decorative candies or sprinkle with powdered sugar. Makes about 30 cookies.


  • While still warm, make a small hole in top of the cookie for a satin ribbon to use as an ornament.

Powdered Sugar Icing


  • 2 cups sifted powdered sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 2 - 3 tablespoons milk or orange juice


  1. In a small bowl, stir together powdered sugar and vanilla. Stir in milk or orange juice to make a drizzling consistency.

Nutrition Facts

(Gingerbread Man Cookies)

Servings Per Recipe 30, sodium (mg) 112, fiber (g) 1, calcium (mg) 40, cal. (kcal) 189, carb. (g) 30, pro. (g) 2, vit. A (IU) 243, iron (mg) 2, chol. (mg) 25, Fat, total (g) 7, sat. fat (g) 4

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