Gingerbread Men

Staff Writer
Gingerbread Men
Emily Jacobs

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. 

12
Servings
377
Calories Per Serving
Deliver Ingredients

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. 

Ingredients

  • 1 Cup packed brown sugar
  • 1 1/2 stick butter, softened
  • 2 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

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.* 

Gingerbread Shopping Tip

There are so many varieties of chocolate on the shelves today it can be overwhelming to pick one – as a general rule of thumb, the fewer the ingredients, the better the chocolate.

Gingerbread Cooking Tip

Think beyond cakes and pies – fruits like peaches, pineapple, and figs are excellent grilled – brush with melted butter or wine and sprinkle with sugar and spices for a dessert that you can feel good about.

Nutritional Facts

Total Fat
13g
19%
Sugar
28g
N/A
Saturated Fat
8g
38%
Cholesterol
57mg
19%
Protein
5g
11%
Carbs
61g
20%
Vitamin A
108µg
12%
Vitamin B6
0.1mg
6.8%
Vitamin D
0.4µg
0.1%
Vitamin E
0.4mg
2.2%
Vitamin K
1µg
2%
Calcium
60mg
6%
Fiber
1g
5%
Folate (food)
15µg
N/A
Folate equivalent (total)
15µg
4%
Iron
1mg
8%
Magnesium
47mg
12%
Monounsaturated
3g
N/A
Niacin (B3)
0.7mg
3.6%
Phosphorus
69mg
10%
Polyunsaturated
0.8g
N/A
Potassium
295mg
8%
Sodium
225mg
9%
Sugars, added
28g
N/A
Trans
0.5g
N/A
Zinc
0.5mg
3.1%

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