Gingerbread Man Cookies

These classic gingerbread cookies, made with dark molasses, cinnamon, and cloves, are a favorite for decorating during the holidays.

Recipe from Midwest Living
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  • 5 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 - 3 teaspoons ground ginger
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup unsalted butter (no substitutes), softened
  • 1 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1 cup dark molasses
  • 2 tablespoons cider vinegar
  • 1 egg
  • Powdered Sugar Icing (see recipe below) or Royal Icing (see Recipe Finder) (optional)
  • Colored sugars and decorative candies (optional)
  • Sifted powdered sugar (optional)
Powdered Sugar Icing
  • 2 cups sifted powdered sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 2 - 3 tablespoons milk or orange juice

In a medium bowl, stir together the flour, ginger, baking soda, cinnamon, cloves, and salt; set aside.
In a mixing bowl, beat butter with electric mixer on medium to high speed for 30 seconds. Add brown sugar and molasses; beat until combined. Add vinegar and egg; beat well. Add flour mixture; beat at low speed until just combined. Divide the dough into 4 equal parts. Cover and chill the dough for 2 hours or until easy to handle.
On a well-floured surface, roll one-quarter of the dough at a time to 1/4-inch thickness. Cut into shapes using a 3-1/2- to 4-inch gingerbread man cookie cutter (is necessary, dip cutter in flour between cuts to prevent sticking). Using a wide spatula, transfer cutouts to lightly greased cookie sheets or parchment paper-lined cookie sheets, placing cutouts 2 inches apart. Repeat with remaining dough.
Bake in a 375 degree F oven for 6 to 8 minutes or until edges are firm when lightly touched. Cool on cookie sheet for 1 minute. Remove the cookies and cool completely on a wire rack.
If you like, decorate with Powdered Sugar Icing or Royal Icing, colored sugars and decorative candies or sprinkle with powdered sugar. Makes about 30 cookies.
Powdered Sugar Icing
In a small bowl, stir together powdered sugar and vanilla. Stir in milk or orange juice to make a drizzling consistency.


  • While still warm, make a small hole in top of the cookie for a satin ribbon to use as an ornament.

nutrition information

Per Serving: cal. (kcal) 189, Fat, total (g) 7, chol. (mg) 25, sat. fat (g) 4, carb. (g) 30, fiber (g) 1, pro. (g) 2, vit. A (IU) 243, sodium (mg) 112, calcium (mg) 40, iron (mg) 2, Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet
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