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Gingerbread Man Cookies

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5 from 6 reviews

Gingerbread Man Cookies

Prep: 1 hour
Cook: 10 minutes
Total: 1 hour 10 minutes
Servings: 25 cookies
Have a cookie decorating party this Christmas season and make these adorable gingerbread cookies!


  • 3 cups all purpose flour, spooned and leveled
  • 1 Tbsp. ground ginger
  • 2 tsp. ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp. ground cloves
  • 1/2 tsp. ground nutmeg
  • 1/2 tsp. ground cardamom
  • 3/4 tsp. baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp. baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 3/4 cup dark brown sugar, packed
  • 10 Tbsp. unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 large egg yolk, room temperature
  • 1 1/2 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup molasses (I used Grandmas Molasses)
  • 2 Tbsp. milk

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  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In a mixing bowl whisk together flour, ginger, cardamom, cinnamon, cloves, nutmeg, baking powder, baking soda and salt & set aside.
  • Using a Kitchen Aid mixer (using the paddle attachment) or hand mixer, cream together sugar and butter until well combined. Scrape down the sides of the bowl when needed. Mix in the egg yolk (not with the egg white, just yolk) and vanilla extract. Then mix in molasses and 2 Tbsp milk.
  • With mixer set on low speed slowly add in dry ingredients and mix until combined, while adding additional milk as needed just to bring dough together.
  • Divide dough into four equal portions then using a rolling pin roll each portion out evenly (about 1/4-inch thickness). You will need extra flour handy because they dough may be sticky.
  • Chill on a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper (or using a Silpat Cookie Sheet Liner) in the freezer for 10-15 minutes or until firm. Then cut into shapes using cookie cutters. (Pro tip: cut with a floured gingerbread man cookie cutter). I use the cookie cutters from Sur la Table, so cute.
  • Remove from paper using a thin metal spatula or pastry scraper if needed then transfer to a cookie sheet, spacing cookies about 1-inch apart, and bake in preheated oven 10-12 minutes or until slightly set.
  • Repeat process with remaining cookies. Remove from oven and cool on baking sheet 2 minutes then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely. Decorate with frosting if you'd like!


Recipe will make ~25 cookies depending on which cookie cutters you use. 

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Sara Welch

What a fun holiday activity to do with my kids! Adding these to my baking line up this weekend!


The pictures turned out so cute! Loved how easy they were to make and customize with cute little faces!

Emily Liao

These gingerbread cookies look great and so festive! Definitely will whip these up with the kids during Christmas.


PERFECT for the holidays! I need to make these, everyone in the family would love them.

Kelly Anthony

These are the cutest gingerbread men I have ever seen. I don’t love icing either so I really like that you decorated them with the stamps!

Amber @ Homemade Nutrition

These cookies are adorable; I love all the faces! And the recipe looks delicious. 🙂