Gingerbread Men

Emily Jacobs

Ingredients

  • 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. 

Directions

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.* 

Notes

*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. 

Nutrition

Calories per serving:

378 calories

Dietary restrictions:

Vegetarian, Peanut Free, Tree Nut Free, Soy Free, Fish Free, Shellfish Free, Alcohol Free

Daily value:

19%

Servings:

12
  • Fat 13g 20%
  • Carbs 61g 20%
  • Saturated 8g 38%
  • Fiber 1g 5%
  • Trans 0g
  • Sugars 28g
  • Monounsaturated 3g
  • Polyunsaturated 1g
  • Protein 6g 11%
  • Cholesterol 61mg 20%
  • Sodium 279mg 12%
  • Calcium 61mg 6%
  • Magnesium 47mg 12%
  • Potassium 296mg 8%
  • Iron 2mg 8%
  • Zinc 0mg 3%
  • Phosphorus 71mg 10%
  • Vitamin A 110µg 12%
  • Vitamin C 0mg 0%
  • Thiamin (B1) 0mg 4%
  • Riboflavin (B2) 0mg 4%
  • Niacin (B3) 1mg 4%
  • Vitamin B6 0mg 7%
  • Folic Acid (B9) 16µg 4%
  • Vitamin B12 0µg 2%
  • Vitamin D 0µg 0%
  • Vitamin E 0mg 2%
  • Vitamin K 1µg 2%
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