Gingerbread Men Cut-Out Cookies: A Classic Christmas Favorite

I’m so excited to announce that I have a new man in my life!

Vertical image of two gingerbread men cut-outs, one decorated, on a white plate next to ribbons with white text on a green background.

He’s sweet, has a spicy personality, and always smells amazing…

Fine, fine, fine – it’s a gingerbread man cookie. But I’ve never been happier than when I’m eating one of these sweets during the holidays!

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Making this recipe will immediately transform your kitchen into a festive winter wonderland. And you’ll be just as head-over-heels in love as I am!

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You get to enjoy the fun of rolling and cutting out the dough, smelling the warm spices baking in the oven (better than any $12 candle!), and piping those cute little faces and buttons onto each one.

How can you not smile and giggle, giddy with happiness?

Vertical image of rolled out brown dough with cut-outs.

It’s the time of year to be as cliche as you possibly can, with absolutely no judgment from the rest of the world.

Blast that cheesy Michael Buble Christmas album, turn on all the Christmas lights, wear that ugly Christmas sweater, and decorate some delicious treats.

Vertical image of a gingerbread cookie with a bite taken out of it on a white surface.

Shout it from the snow-covered mountaintops – we’re in love with the holidays, and these perfect gingerbread cookies!

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Gingerbread Men Cut-Out Cookies


  • Author: Nikki Cervone
  • Prep Time: 20 minutes
  • Cook Time: 10 minutes
  • Total Time: 1 hour, 50 minutes
  • Yield: 2 1/2 dozen
  • Category: Cookies
  • Method: Baking
  • Cuisine: Dessert

Description

Christmas is the time of year to bake all your favorite holiday treats, like the perfect gingerbread man cookie.


Instructions

  • 3/4 cup unsalted butter, melted and cooled slightly
  • 3/4 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/3 cup molasses
  • 1 large egg
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour, plus more for dusting
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 2 teaspoons ground ginger
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon cloves
  • 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • Royal Icing, for decorating
  • Assorted sprinkles, for decorating

Notes

  1. Line two baking sheet pans with parchment paper or silicone mats. Set aside.
  2. In a large bowl, stir together the melted butter, brown sugar, and molasses. Stir in the egg until completely incorporated.
  3. In a separate bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, spices, and salt. With a heavy spoon, stir the dry mixture into the molasses mixture until a soft dough forms.
  4. Divide the dough in half, and pat each half into a thick rectangle. Wrap tightly in cellophane, and refrigerate for about one hour.
  5. Lightly flour a clean work surface. Working with one dough rectangle at a time, roll the dough between 1/8 and 1/4 inch thick, flouring the dough and rolling pin if it starts to stick.
  6. Cut out shapes with a floured gingerbread man cookie cutter, re-rolling the scraps only once.
  7. Transfer the cookies to the prepared baking sheet pans. Chill in the refrigerator for 20 minutes.
  8. While the dough is chilling, preheat the oven to 350°F.
  9. Place trays in the oven and bake just until they’re slightly puffed and lightly browned around the edges, 8-10 minutes.
  10. Let the cookies cool on the pans for several minutes before transferring them to a rack to cool completely.
  11. Decorate as you wish and serve!

Keywords: Christmas, gingerbread men, cookies, holiday baking, molasses

Cooking by the Numbers…

Step 1 – Mix Together Wet Ingredients

Horizontal image of a dark molasses mixture in a white bowl next to a green towel and red and green ribbons.

Melt the unsalted butter and allow to cool slightly before mixing with the brown sugar and molasses. The butter should not be hot, or else you’ll end up with scrambled eggs!

Step 2 – Add the Egg

Horizontal image of a dark molasses mixture with one raw egg on top in a white bowl next to a green towel with red and green ribbons.

Add the egg to the wet mixture, and stir until completely incorporated.

Step 3 – Whisk Together Dry Ingredients

Horizontal image of a white bowl with dry ingredients next to a green towel and ribbons.

In a separate bowl, whisk together the salt, spices, baking powder, baking soda, and all-purpose flour.

You can learn more about warming spices and how they are perfect for the cooler months in our article on the topic.

As a flavoring alternative, swap out the spices called for in the ingredients list for two teaspoons of pumpkin pie spice!

Step 4 – Combine

Horizontal image of brown dough in a white bowl next to a green towel with green and red ribbons.

With a heavy spoon, stir the dry mixture into the molasses mixture until a soft, slightly sticky dough forms.

Mixing by hand not your thing? Your stand mixer can’t wait to help you this holiday season.

Step 5 – Chill

Horizontal image of two rectangles of brown dough on a floured surface, with one dough wrapped in cellophane.

Divide the dough in half with a knife or bench scraper, and form each half into a thick rectangle. If it is too sticky to handle, dust the dough and your hands with some flour.

Wrap the dough rectangles in cellophane, and refrigerate for about one hour.

While the dough is chilling, prepare two baking sheet pans. Line them with parchment paper or silicone mats.

Step 6 – Roll Out

Horizontal image of rolled out dark brown dough on a wooden surface next to a green towel and Christmas decorations.

Lightly flour a clean work surface. Working with one dough rectangle at a time, roll the dough between 1/8 and 1/4 inch thick, flouring the dough and rolling pin if it starts to stick.

The thinner the dough, the crispier it will be once it is baked. If you like a softer, chewier cookie, roll out the dough closer to 1/4 inch thick.

Step 7 – Cut Out

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Cut out shapes with a floured gingerbread man cookie cutter, re-rolling the scraps only once.

Horizontal image of rolled floured dough with cut-outs.

You don’t want to re-roll the dough any more than just once. Overworking the dough will develop gluten, and will lead to cookies that are brittle, hard, chewy, and dry.

Step 8 – Chill (Again!)

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Transfer the cookies to the prepared baking sheet pans. Chill on the pans in the refrigerator for 20 minutes.

Thoroughly chilling the shaped dough before placing the trays in the oven to bake will help keep the shape of each individual cookie.

Step 9 – Bake

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Once the cookies are chilled, bake just until they’re slightly puffed and lightly browned around the edges, 8-10 minutes.

Step 10 – Decorate and Serve

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After the cookies have chilled, it’s time for the best part… decorating!

Use Foodal’s recipe for royal icing to make intricate designs, or try American-style buttercream for an extra sweet, extra fluffy topping on top.

Horizontal image of a decorated gingerbread man treat on parchment paper with sprinkles.

If you need any help with piping tools, read my review on the best cake decorating tools every baker should own.

A Christmas Love Connection

The perfect man for me… he’s classy, he’s sweet, he’s spicy – he’s the classic gingerbread man cookie!

Horizontal image of decorated Christmas gingerbread cut-outs on a wooden board next to a piping bag and holiday decorations.

I love the festive combination of spices, sugar, and molasses. And how can anyone resist those adorable little smiley faces?!

So cute, you just wanna bite it!

I hope you enjoy this cute recipe for the holidays – don’t forget to rate it below when you try it. I’d love to know how you like to decorate your own cookies too! Let me know in the comment section below.

And you might as well save a few more delicious goodies from our collection of Christmas recipes to make alongside these!

To add even more fuel to the fire, try some of Foodal’s other gingery recipes for your holiday desserts this year:

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Nutritional information derived from a database of known generic and branded foods and ingredients and was not compiled by a registered dietitian or submitted for lab testing. It should be viewed as an approximation.

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About Nikki Cervone

Nikki Cervone is a hungry foodie living in Pittsburgh. Nikki holds an AAS in baking/pastry from Westmoreland County Community College, a BA in Communications from Duquesne University, and an MLA in Gastronomy from Boston University. When she is not tearing through her city's best grub, Nikki enjoys a healthy dose of yoga and chocolate. Lots of chocolate.

Christmas is the only time of year to bake gingerbread men cookies. Enjoy it while it lasts, and transform your kitchen into a winter wonderland with the smells of warming spices and molasses. Decorate with cute smiley faces, and you have the perfect holiday treat. Read more on Foodal. #gingerbreadmen #cookies #foodal

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