Gingerbread Men

Gingerbread Men
Staff Writer
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
195
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.* 

Nutritional Facts

Total Fat
5g
7%
Sugar
6g
7%
Saturated Fat
1g
4%
Cholesterol
2mg
1%
Carbohydrate, by difference
34g
26%
Protein
4g
9%
Vitamin A, RAE
92µg
13%
Calcium, Ca
84mg
8%
Choline, total
4mg
1%
Fiber, total dietary
3g
12%
Folate, total
22µg
6%
Iron, Fe
2mg
11%
Magnesium, Mg
31mg
10%
Niacin
2mg
14%
Phosphorus, P
120mg
17%
Selenium, Se
2µg
4%
Sodium, Na
136mg
9%
Water
50g
2%
Zinc, Zn
1mg
13%

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.