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Horizontal image of decorated Christmas cookies on a work surface lined with parchment paper.

Gingerbread Men Cut-Out Cookies

  • Author: Nikki Cervone
  • Total Time: 1 hour, 50 minutes
  • Yield: 2 1/2 dozen


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


  • 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


  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!
  • Prep Time: 20 minutes
  • Cook Time: 10 minutes
  • Category: Cookies
  • Method: Baking
  • Cuisine: Dessert

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