Gingerbread Men

Emily Jacobs


  • 1 Cup  packed brown sugar
  • 1 1/2  stick butter, softened
  • eggs
  • 1/2 Cup  molasses
  • 1 Teaspoon  vanilla extract
  • 4 Cups  flour, plus more for dusting
  • 2 Teaspoons  ground ginger
  • 1 1/2 Teaspoon  baking soda
  • 1/2 Teaspoon  ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 Teaspoon  freshly grated nutmeg
  • 1/2 Teaspoon  ground cloves
  • 1/4 Teaspoon  all-spice
  • 1/4 Teaspoon  black pepper
  • 1/2 Teaspoon  salt

Gingerbread comes in all shapes, sizes, and textures, but as soon as you cut a cute, round-headed man out of gingerbread cookie dough, you've got a classic holiday treat that can be decorated however your holiday-heart desires. 


In a stand mixer, cream together the sugar and butter. Add the eggs, one at a time, until fully incporated, and then add the molasses and vanilla extract. Sift together the dry ingredients in a bowl and slowly add to the egg mixture until evenly combined and a dough forms.

Wrap the dough in plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least 1 hour until firm. Divide the dough into halves and roll out each half at a time onto a floured work surface. Roll until the dough is ⅛-inch thick and cut out the gingerbread men. Lay them out on baking sheets lined with parchment paper. Repeat steps with the dough scraps and the other half of dough.

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. 

Bake in the oven for 10 minutes, until the edges are browned. Decorate the cookies using icing, sprinkles, and other candies.* 


*Read How to Dress Up Your Holiday Gingebread Man for decorating ideas. 

Special thanks to Emily Jacobs of Sage Recipes for helping us test this recipe. 


Calories per serving:

378 calories

Dietary restrictions:

Peanut Free, Tree Nut Free, Soy Free, Fish Free, Shellfish Free, Alcohol Free, No Oil Added

Daily value:



  • Fat 153g 235%
  • Carbs 730g 243%
  • Saturated 91g 457%
  • Fiber 15g 62%
  • Trans 6g
  • Sugars 342g
  • Monounsaturated 40g
  • Polyunsaturated 9g
  • Protein 66g 133%
  • Cholesterol 736mg 245%
  • Sodium 3,350mg 140%
  • Calcium 729mg 73%
  • Magnesium 568mg 142%
  • Potassium 3,555mg 102%
  • Iron 18mg 101%
  • Zinc 6mg 38%
  • Phosphorus 851mg 122%
  • Vitamin A 1,320µg 147%
  • Vitamin C 0mg 0%
  • Thiamin (B1) 1mg 48%
  • Riboflavin (B2) 1mg 43%
  • Niacin (B3) 9mg 43%
  • Vitamin B6 2mg 82%
  • Folic Acid (B9) 186µg 47%
  • Vitamin B12 1µg 20%
  • Vitamin D 5µg 1%
  • Vitamin E 5mg 27%
  • Vitamin K 17µg 21%
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