Gingerbread Men – Deliciously ginger-spiced cookies that are slightly soft on the inside, and crispy on the outside, and decorated with icing!


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Gingerbread Men. The MUST-make cookies for Christmas, and today, I bring you my Gingerbread Men recipe!

Gingerbread Men | @marshasbakeblog

Gingerbread Men | @marshasbakeblog

This gingerbread recipe is a super easy one, that takes 10 minutes to throw together, and at least 3 hours in the fridge to chill before rolling and cutting into shapes. I like to leave my dough to chill overnight. Perfect for preparing the night before Christmas!

Pop them in the oven to bake for 9 – 10 minutes, and you’ll have perfectly shaped, delicious Gingerbread Men. Your kitchen will smell amazing with all the spices baking, too – bonus. 😉

Time to decorate them!

Gingerbread Men | @marshasbakeblog

Gingerbread Men | @marshasbakeblog

The dough stays fresh for up to 3 days in the fridge, and can also be frozen for up to 3 months. Perfect for when you’re short on time, but still want to make homemade Christmas cookies to share!

Gingerbread Men | @marshasbakeblog

Gingerbread Men | @marshasbakeblog


Yield: about 28 cookies

Gingerbread Men

Deliciously ginger-spiced cookies that are slightly soft on the inside, and crispy on the outside, and decorated with icing!

45 minPrep Time

10 minCook Time

55 minTotal Time

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    For the Cookies
  • 3/4 cup (170g) unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 3/4 cup (150g) light or dark brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup (165g) molasses/black treacle
  • 1 large egg, room temperature
  • 3 and 1/4 cups (400g) plain/all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon ground ginger
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • For the Icing
  • 1 cup (125g) icing/powdered sugar
  • 3 teaspoons milk
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 teaspoons golden syrup


    For the Cookies
  1. Whisk together the flour, baking soda, salt, and spices. Set aside.
  2. Using a handheld or stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, beat the butter until smooth and creamy. Add the sugar and molasses, and beat until combined. Add the egg, and beat until combined. Add the dry ingredients, and mix until combined.
  3. Divide the dough in half and shape into discs. Wrap each one in clingfilm and chill in the fridge for at least 3 hours and up to 3 days. I like to chill mine overnight.
  4. Preheat the oven to 180C/350F/Gas 4, and line a baking tray with parchment paper or a silicone mat. Set aside.
  5. On a generously floured surface, roll 1 disc of dough until about 1/4-inch thick. Cut into shapes, and place them onto the prepared baking tray. Re-roll any dough scraps to make more shapes. Repeat with the other dough disc.
  6. Bake for 9 - 10 minutes. Allow to cool for 5 minutes before transferring them to a wire rack to cool completely.
  7. For the Icing
  8. In a small bowl, stir together the icing sugar and milk until smooth. Stir in the vanilla and golden syrup until smooth and glossy. Add food colouring, if desired. If icing is too thick, add more milk.
  9. Decorate cookies as desired, and enjoy!


Cookies stay fresh covered at room temperature for up to 1 week. Baked and decorated cookies freeze well for up to 3 months.

Dough discs freeze well for up to 3 months. Thaw overnight in the fridge before rolling, shaping, and baking.


Did you make this recipe? Take a photo and share it on Instagram with the hashtag #marshasbakingaddiction, or tag me at  @marshasbakeblog. I would love to see!

Gingerbread Men | @marshasbakeblog

Gingerbread Men | @marshasbakeblog


14 comments on “Gingerbread Men”

  1. These look amazing! I’ve never chilled my gingerbread dough like that before. I do for other cookies, but not gingerbread. I think I need to start, though, becaue these came out perfectly. And that icing work is cute!

  2. These have got to be the most perfect gingerbread men ever!! Love how adorable they are, Marsha! Totally gets me in the mood for the holidays. Side note: is it totally weird that I got a kick out of seeing the one with its head bitten off? Lol.

  3. These look wonderful and I’m eager to try them! I am wondering though, if there is another name for what you are listing as golden syrup? Unless you are referring to maple syrup?? Please advise. Thank you, Sjs

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