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Easy Gingerbread Men Cookies
Prep Time
4 hrs
Cook Time
30 mins
Total Time
4 hrs 30 mins

This easy Gingerbread Men Cookies recipe is a must-have for Christmas. Intense in flavors! Ginger, cinnamon, allspice, cloves, nutmeg, vanilla, and lots of molasses.

Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: gingerbread men cookies
Servings: 24 cookies
Calories: 184 kcal
Author: Sabine Venier
  • 3 1/4 cups flour (390g)
  • 1 1/4 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 3/4 tbsp ground ginger
  • 2 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp allspice
  • 1/4 tsp ground cloves
  • 1/4 tsp ground nutmeg
  • 2/3 cup butter (150g)
  • 3/4 cup brown sugar (150g)
  • 2/3 cup molasses (200g)
  • 1 egg
  • 2 vanilla beans (or 2 tsp vanilla extract)
  • 1 cup powdered sugar sifted (120g)
  • 2 tbsp water
  • pinch of salt
  1. Combine flour, baking powder, salt, ginger, cinnamon, allspice, cloves, and nutmeg in a large bowl. Set aside.

  2. In another bowl, mix with a handheld or stand mixer fitted with a whisk attachment butter on medium speed until creamy, for about 1-2 minutes. Add brown sugar and molasses and mix until combined. Add egg and vanilla* and mix until fully combined. Add dry ingredients and mix on low speed just until combined. The dough will be sticky and thick. Give it a few kneads by hand and divide in half. Form discs and wrap up tightly in plastic wrap. Chill for at least 3 hours or up to 3 days.

  3. Preheat oven to 350°F / 175°C. Line 3 baking sheets with parchment paper and set aside.

  4. On a well-floured surface roll out dough discs into a 1/4 inch thickness. Cut out cookies with a 4-inch gingerbread men cookie cutter and place on the prepared baking sheets with about 1-inch space in-between. Bake for 8-9 minutes. I baked mine for 8 minutes. I also made 2-inch cookies which I baked for 5 minutes and 6-inch cookies for 11 minutes. Allow cooling on baking sheet for 5 minutes then transfer to cooling rack to cool completely. Store in an airtight container at room temperature up to 1 week.

  5. OPTIONAL: Stir together sugar, water, and salt until combined. Spoon into a zip-lock bag and cut off a little piece of one edge. Pipe on cooled cookies as desired. 

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*First, cut off the straight end of the vanilla bean. Then place the tip of your sharp knife below the curled end and cut the vanilla bean through the middle of the bean lengthwise. Although you don't need to cut it all the way through, it's ok when you do so. Then open the vanilla bean and scrape out the flavorful seeds with the back of your knife. Then just use the seeds.

Nutrition Facts
Easy Gingerbread Men Cookies
Amount Per Serving
Calories 184 Calories from Fat 45
% Daily Value*
Fat 5g8%
Saturated Fat 3g15%
Cholesterol 20mg7%
Sodium 102mg4%
Potassium 196mg6%
Carbohydrates 32g11%
Sugar 18g20%
Protein 2g4%
Vitamin A 165IU3%
Calcium 43mg4%
Iron 1.4mg8%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.