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Gingerbread Man Cookies

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Gingerbread Man Cookies are a classic holiday treat. This recipe doesn’t require chilling like most do, and is loaded with classic ginger flavor you want. A perfect addition to your holiday treat list, these gingerbread cookies will soon be a family-favorite recipe.

Make a batch of these gingerbread donuts to go along with the cookies for even more gingerbread flavor at your holiday table.  These gingerbread crinkle cookies are another awesome option you will love.

Up close picture of a gingerbread man cookie with green leaf tie and red berry buttons

Gingerbread Man Cookies

Everyone loves gingerbread man cookies. “Run Run as fast as you can, You’ll never catch me I’m the gingerbread man.” These cookies are delicious and just plain fun.
Of course, I had to have this recipe on my list for this year.  It is simple to whip up, and since you don’t have to chill this recipe like others, you can make these cookies right away.  The classic cookie is made with a cookie cutter shaped like a man, but we use all different shapes and make these as a substitute for other popular holiday cut-out cookie recipes.
If you want more variety in your gingerbread treats this year, grab this recipe for gingerbread truffles, and my favorite gingerbread fudge recipe.  Both are so delicious everyone will beg for your recipe!

What if I Don’t Have Molasses?

There are a few different ways to substitute molasses if you do not have it on hand. You can use an equal amount of dark corn syrup, honey or maple syrup. While this will slightly change the taste slightly, you can still make these cookies without molasses.  The richness gives it a deeper flavor and color, so don’t be surprised if they aren’t as rich.

Gingerbread Christmas Cookies

Where Can I Find a Gingerbread Man Cookie Cutter?

You can find a gingerbread man cookie cutter online at places like Amazon. You can also find it at craft stores that have a cake decorating section or in the holiday aisles at stores like Walmart.  Remember, while a gingerbread man cookie, of course, would traditionally look like this, you can use any shape cutter.  The cookies will be fantastic no matter what shape they are cut into!

We’ve made Chewbacca gingerbread cookies, Mickey Mouse gingerbread cookies, and not all have that same shape!

Gingerbread Men

Ingredients you will need:

  • Unsalted sweet cream butter
  • Sugar
  • Molasses
  • Eggs
  • Water
  • Flour
  • Ground ginger
  • Ground nutmeg
  • Allspice
  • Cream of tarter
  • Vanilla
  • Powder sugar
  • Wilton Holly Decorations

How to Make Gingerbread Man Cookies

Preheat the oven to 350 and then line a cookie sheet with parchment paper.

Using a mixer, beat together the butter, sugar, molasses and an egg.
Add the water and mix to combine.
In a bowl, combine the dry ingredients.
Slowly mix the dry ingredients into the wet.
Roll the dough on a floured surface until it is about a 1/4 inch thick.
Use the gingerbread cookie cutter and cut out the cookies.
Bake for 10 minutes.
Allow the cookies to cool completely.
Blank gingerbread man cookies on a cutting board
Make the icing using a stand mixer. Combine the egg whites, cream of tartar, vanilla and powder sugar. Combine until it forms stiff peaks.
Scoop icing into the piping bag
Decorate your cookies however you want.
Gingerbread Cookies
Allow icing to dry for an hour before eating!
   Cutting board with gingerbread man cookies in front of holiday decorations
Another great way to use Gingerbread Man Cookie Cutters is to flip them upside-down and decorate them like Reindeer’s. Decorate using Chocolate Icing. Use white and black icing for the eyes (or substitute candy eyes) and a red hot candy for the nose. So easy and cute!
Gingerbread Man Reindeer Cookies
Servings: 20

Gingerbread Man Cookies

Prep Time:
20 mins
Cook Time:
10 mins
Gingerbread Man Cookies are a classic holiday treat. This recipe doesn't require chilling like most do, and is loaded with classic ginger flavor you want. A perfect addition to your holiday treat list, these gingerbread cookies will soon be a family-favorite recipe.


  • 1/2 C unsalted sweet cream butter softened
  • 1 large egg
  • 1/2 C sugar
  • 1/4 C cold water
  • 1/2 C molasses
  • 3 1/2 C flour
  • 1/2 tsp ground ginger
  • 1/4 tsp allspice
  • 1/2 tsp ground nutmeg


  • 2 egg whites
  • 1/2 tsp cream of tarter
  • 3 C powder sugar
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla
  • 1 disposable piping bags fitted with a number 2 tip
  • Jar of wilton Holly Decorations


Cookie directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 and line cookie sheet with parchment paper
  2. Using a standing mixer, beat together the butter, sugar, and molasses and egg
  3. Add in the water and mix until combined
  4. In a large bowl, combine the flour, and the spices
  5. Gradually mix in the dry ingredients into the wet
  6. Roll dough out on a floured surface to 1/4 inch in thickness
  7. Using your favorite gingerbread cookie cutter, cut out your shapes
  8. Bake in the oven for 10 minutes
  9. Allow to cool completely


  1. Using the standing mixer, combine the egg whites, cream of tarter, vanilla and powder sugar and mix until combined and stiff peaks form
  2. Scoop icing into the piping bag
  3. Decorate your cookies how ever you want.
  4. Allow icing to dry for a hour before enjoying!
Nutrition Facts
Gingerbread Man Cookies
Amount Per Serving
Calories 240 Calories from Fat 45
% Daily Value*
Fat 5g8%
Saturated Fat 3g19%
Cholesterol 20mg7%
Sodium 13mg1%
Potassium 167mg5%
Carbohydrates 46g15%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 29g32%
Protein 3g6%
Vitamin A 154IU3%
Calcium 23mg2%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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  1. Maybe you can help me why do all the gingerbread cookie recipe say they can only be stored 5 days ahead of time after being made I wanted to try and make some now almost 3 weeks I had a Christmas and store them in an airtight container which I do with other cookies why can it not be done with Gingerbread ones please send me an answer I’m working with a broken shoulder so I left arm is not real good right now and I wanted to make things ahead I make him for a Christmas gift these are the only cookies I know that’s a only make and store 5 days before serving they don’t seem to be like that can be served a couple weeks ahead does anybody know the reason for this