The Best Gingerbread Man Cookies

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Sharing the Best Gingerbread Man Cookies today! This recipe gingerbread man cookie recipe makes the perfect Christmas Cookie for family and friends!

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Gingerbread Man Cookies

Gingerbread man cookies are a must during your Holiday baking! It’s so fun to make dozens and dozens to decorate and surprise your friends and neighbors with. My recipe is simple to prepare, holds its’ shape and I’ve got a great icing recipe to decorate with ease.

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How To Make Gingerbread Man Cookies

  1. Place butter and brown sugar into stand mixer. Beat until light and fluffy. Add molasses, then eggs and water, beating until combined. Slowly add flour, baking soda, salt, cinnamon and ginger until dough forms.
  2. Divide dough in half and wrap in plastic wrap. Refrigerate for 2-3 hours or overnight until ready to roll. I also will flash freeze my dough for 30 minutes if ready to use immediately.
  3. Preheat oven to 350 degrees Roll dough into 1/4 inch thick round, cut gingerbread man shapes and transfer to a parchment lined cookie sheet.
  4. Bake for 8-10 minutes until edges are firm and golden. Let cool on cookie sheet or cooling rack if desired. When cooled, decorate as desired.

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Gingerbread Man Cookie Cutter

You can find a gingerbread man cookie cutter at most kitchen stores. They come in a number of sizes. I also like to order my gingerbread man cookie cutter options from Amazon. Lots of choices.

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Once your dough is ready, divide into two equal pieces.

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Wrap dough in plastic wrap to chill. Reminder, if you wan to roll your dough quickly, flash freeze your dough for about 30 minutes. Works great!

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When you’re ready to roll your dough, be generous with the flour. Flour your countertops/parchment, rolling pin and top of dough.

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When you’ve rolled out your dough it’s time to use your gingerbread man cookie cutter! Cut nice and close to each other so you can have maximum cookies in each roll.

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Place cut cookies onto cookie sheet. Use parchment if you’d like. Bake gingerbread man cookies for 8 minutes. Let cool completely.

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Use my Gingerbread Man Icing recipe to decorate your cookies. Let icing dry for at least 3 hours before packaging.

How To Make Gingerbread Icing

  1. To prepare icing place powdered sugar into a medium mixing bowl. Stir in milk until smooth then add corn syrup beating until smooth. Divide icing into bowls and add food coloring as desired. I find it easiest to put my icing in a ziplock bag and decorate from one of the corners of the bag with a tiny snip cut from the end. Let dry completely before packaging.

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How To Decorate Gingerbread Cookies

  1. Use my simple icing recipe to design your gingerbread cookies how you’d like! To start, make a face, a little bow tie, some squiggles around the arms and legs. Make little buttons and even top them with mini M&M’s if you’d like. You can use sprinkles too!

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How To Package Gingerbread Man Cookies

  1. I like to purchase clear cellophane snack bags that you can find in the cookie/cake decorating section of many stores. Found these particular ones from Walmart. You can always order them on Amazon too.
gingerbread man cookies
5 from 2 votes

The Best Gingerbread Man Cookies

This is the best gingerbread man cookie recipe you'll ever need! Sweet, spiced and bakes perfectly!
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 10 mins
Refrigeration 1 hr
Total Time 1 hr 25 mins
Servings: 48
Calories: 104.46kcal
Author: Jenny
Cost: $10
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Equipment

  • Oven
  • Bowl

Ingredients

  • 1 Cup/2 sticks butter softened I use salted butter
  • 1 1/2 cups packed light brown sugar
  • 2/3 cup molasses
  • 2 large eggs
  • 4 tablespoons water
  • 5 1/3 cups all purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 2 teaspoons ground ginger

Gingerbread Man Icing

  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 3 1/2 teaspoons milk
  • 2 teaspoons light corn syrup

Instructions

  • Place butter and brown sugar into stand mixer. Beat until light and fluffy. Add molasses, then eggs and water, beating until combined. Slowly add flour, baking soda, salt, cinnamon and ginger until dough forms. Divide dough in half and wrap in plastic wrap. Refrigerate for 1 hour or overnight until ready to roll. I also will flash freeze my dough for 15 minutes if ready to use immediately.
  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees Roll dough into 1/4 inch thick round, cut gingerbread man shapes and transfer to a parchment lined cookie sheet. Bake for 8-10 minutes until edges are firm and golden. Let cool on cookie sheet or cooling rack if desired. When cooled, decorate as desired.
  • To prepare icing place powdered sugar into a medium mixing bowl. Stir in milk until smooth then add corn syrup beating until smooth. Divide icing into bowls and add food coloring as desired. Dip or paint cookies with a brush. Let dry completely before packaging.This recipe makes enough for one color. Double or triple as needed for your sugar cookies.

Notes

I found it easiest to decorate/ice the gingerbread man cookies when the icing is on the thicker side. You can always add a sprinkle or two more powdered sugar to thicken it up. Using a ziplock baggie, made for simple decorating. May take a couple to practice, but after that you'll get the hang of it!

Nutrition

Calories: 104.46kcal | Carbohydrates: 23.8g | Protein: 1.69g | Fat: 0.34g | Saturated Fat: 0.09g | Cholesterol: 6.86mg | Sodium: 101.6mg | Potassium: 96.16mg | Fiber: 0.43g | Sugar: 12.98g | Vitamin A: 9.9IU | Calcium: 19.68mg | Iron: 0.97mg
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2 Responses
  1. Carolyn

    5 stars
    So I know everyone says their recipe is “the best” but I can safely state, your sugar cookies are THE BEST. And they make a ton so you can freeze all the leftovers and eat them straight from the freezer! Or so I hear… anyway, cannot wait to try this recipe!

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