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Gingerbread Men Cookies

Gingerbread Men Cookies. Soft, flavorful gingerbread men cookies. All the spices of Christmas in a chewy, delicious cookie.
Prep Time30 mins
Cook Time30 mins
Resting Time2 hrs
Total Time1 hr
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: Cookies
Keyword: Gingerbread Men Cookies
Servings: 60 3" cookies


  • 1 cup unsalted butter softened
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 3/4 cup dark brown sugar
  • 3/4 cup molasses
  • 1 large egg
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 4 cups all purpose flour
  • 1 tablespoon ginger powder
  • 1 tablespoon cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1/4 teaspoon all spice
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder


  • Use mixer to beat butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Add in dark brown sugar and molasses. Beat again until well combined.
  • Beat in egg and vanilla until combined, scraping down sides as needed.
  • In a small bowl, stir together flour, ginger, cinnamon, cloves, all spice, salt, and baking powder. Slow beat into butter mixture, about 1/2 cup a time, scraping down sides as needed.
  • Form dough into a large circle, about 1" in thickness, and 12" in diameter. Cover in plastic wrap and place in refrigerator for at least 2 hours.
  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line baking sheets with parchment paper or silicone baking maps.
  • Flour a working surface and place dough on surface. Lightly flour top of dough and roll until about 1/4" thick. Cut out gingerbread cookies. Bake for 6-9 minutes, or until started to turn golden. Let cook on sheet for at least 3 minutes before transferring to cooling rack.


  • If you leave the dough in the refrigerator for longer than about 6 hours, you will need to let it sit at room temperature for about 15 minutes before it's ready to roll.
  • The measurement of tablespoon for cinnamon and ginger powder is correct.
  • To decorate these cookies, I use the royal icing recipe from here: Sugar Cookies with Royal Icing