Gingerbread Men

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This year I wanted to make the most classic looking and tasting gingerbread men I possibly could and here is the result! I used Rebecca Rather’s “ginger people” recipe from The Pastry Queen cookbook and decorated them with a touch of royal icing. Aren’t they cute? In my mind, this is exactly what a gingerbread man should look like. Sweet and simple.

Although I’m not the biggest fan of gingerbread cookies, these passed my taste test with flying colors. They are soft on the inside and have nice molasses and spice flavors. The only downside to this recipe is the dough needs to chill overnight so you need to plan ahead. After chilling, the dough is relatively easy to work with and the cookies maintain their shape nicely when baking. On that note, I think this would be a great recipe to use if you’re making your own gingerbread house. We will be making ours this weekend – a Christmas tradition in our house!

Gingerbread Men (makes approximately 40 cookies)

1 cup sugar
1/2 cup molasses
1/2 cup water
1 Tbs ground ginger
2 tsp ground cinnamon
1 tsp ground cloves
1 cup unsalted butter, softened
4 cups flour
1 1/2 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp salt

In a large saucepan, stir together sugar, molasses, water, ginger, cinnamon and cloves. Bring the mixture to a boil and stir until sugar dissolves. Remove from the heat and add butter. Stir occasionally until the butter is melted and incorporated. Let cool for 15 minutes.

In a medium bowl, sift together flour, baking soda and salt. Stir the flour mixture into the molasses mixture (after it’s cooled) with a wooden spoon. Mix until combined.

Place dough into a gallon sized Ziploc bag and flatten the dough evenly into one sheet. Refrigerate overnight.

The next day, preheat oven to 375F and line two cookie sheets with parchment paper. Prepare a clean, flat surface with a light dusting of flour. Working with 1/4 of the dough at a time, roll dough to a 1/4 inch thickness, adding flour as need. With a floured cookie cutter, cut dough into desired shapes. Bake cookies for 8-10 minutes, until set and lightly browned. Remove from oven and let cool on cooling racks before icing.

Royal Icing

1 Tbs meringue powder
2 cups powdered sugar
4-5 Tbs of water
red & green food coloring, if desired

Place ingredients in the bowl of a stand mixer. Using the paddle attachment, beat until icing is smooth and matte, about 8 minutes. Color and pipe icing as desired.

Recipe from The Pastry Queen

Comments on “Gingerbread Men”

  1. Swapna says:

    Beautiful gingerbread men!

  2. Marinos says:

    They look really nice…I will try them !!

  3. Kristin says:

    Sooo cute! You know, I have never tasted gingerbread in my life. Are they crunchy?

    • allie says:

      With this recipe they are pretty soft, not like those hard ones in stores! You should try them, maybe a half recipe, to see if you like them!

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  5. KristinJ says:

    Does the icing set right away? How long would you say to wait before packaging them?

  6. beatrice says:

    Hi there,

    They look exactly like the one I want to make!
    But just a question, what is molasses and where can I find it?

    Many thanks,

  7. beatrice says:

    Hi there, a big thank you for your recipe. I followed it point after point, except that I left the dough in the fridge for 3h and it was absolutely fine. It tastes good, it looks good, this recipe of gingerbread man is really the best!!

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  9. Lyn says:

    Hi there – these look fab! Do you use brown sugar or white sugar in this recipe? And do these get crunchier the longer you bake them? It’s pretty humid where I am so was thinking I might need to make them a bit less soft, as the humidity here will make them soft naturally anyway… Thanks!

  10. Lynn says:

    I tried a nother recipe and idk what happened it was like a mufin from the back so we had to cut it ! They looked oretty funny !

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  13. salonzo says:

    What’s the consistency suppose to be like once its mixed??

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