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Gingerbread Men

Gingerbread Men – Deliciously crunchy cut-out cookies that are perfectly spiced with ginger, and decorated with icing. The most festive, and BEST cookies to make for Christmas!

Iced gingerbread men cookies overlapped on marble background.

Gingerbread Men

One of the most classic, must-make cookies at Christmas time.

These cut-out ginger cookies are deliciously crunchy with soft and chewy centres, perfectly spiced, and decorated with a homemade icing.

One of the best things about these cookies is that you can shape them any way you like! Grab all the festive cookie cutters to yield a variety of shapes to share out.

You are absolutely going to love this homemade gingerbread cookie recipe. They are so much better than store-bought!

Looking for more gingerbread recipes? Check out my Gingerbread Fudge, Old-Fashioned Gingerbread, and my Gingerbread Cake Roll.

Gingerbread Men shapes being cut out of dough on marble background.
Gingerbread Men shapes being cut out of the dough on marble background.

Ingredients you’ll need

Here’s a list of ingredients you’ll need to make these cookies. You can find my recipe card at the bottom of this post for the complete list with their amounts.

  • Unsalted butter: Room temperature.
  • Light brown sugar
  • Molasses or black treacle
  • Large egg: Room temperature.
  • Plain/all-purpose flour
  • Baking soda
  • Salt
  • Ground ginger, cinnamon, and nutmeg

For the icing, you’ll need:

  • Icing/powdered sugar
  • Milk
  • Vanilla extract
  • Golden syrup

How to make Gingerbread Men

To make these gingerbread cookies, simply grab a large mixing bowl and whisk together the flour, baking soda, salt, and spices. Set aside.

In a separate mixing bowl, 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.

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.

Preheat the oven to 180C/350F/Gas 4, and line a baking tray with parchment paper or a silicone mat. Set aside.

On a generously floured surface, roll 1 disc of dough until about 1/4-inch thick.

Cut into festive shapes, and place them onto the prepared baking tray. Re-roll any dough scraps to make more shapes. Repeat with the other dough disc.

Bake for 9 – 10 minutes. Allow to cool for 5 minutes before transferring them to a wire rack to cool completely.

For the icing, grab a small bowl and 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 the icing is too thick for your liking, add more milk, a little at a time.

Decorate cookies as desired, then allow to set.

The printable recipe card with the FULL list of ingredients and instructions can be found at the bottom of this post.

NOTE: For best results, I highly recommend using the gram measurements (with a digital scale), rather than the cup measurements.

Cup measurements are simply not accurate enough, and I cannot guarantee the best results if you use them.

Overhead shot of iced gingerbread men overlapped on marble background.
Close-up of iced gingerbread men on marble background.
Gingerbread Men on marble background with Christmas baubles in background.

These Gingerbread Men are:

  • super quick and easy to throw together
  • deliciously crunchy with slightly soft/chewy centres
  • perfectly spiced with ginger, cinnamon, and nutmeg
  • the BEST cookies to make for Christmas time!

How long will these cookies last? These cookies stay fresh kept in an airtight container for up to 1 week.

Can I freeze these cookies? Yes, baked and decorated cookies freeze well for up to 3 months.

Alternatively, you can freeze the dough discs for up to 3 months. Thaw overnight in the fridge before rolling, shaping, and baking.

If you try this recipe, let us know! Leave a comment, rate it, and don’t forget to tag me on Instagram and hashtag it #marshasbakingaddiction. I’d love to see!

An iced gingerbread man cookie being picked up by hand.
Gingerbread man cookie being picked up by hand with head bit off.
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Gingerbread Men

Gingerbread Men

Yield: 26 - 28 cookies
Prep Time: 45 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 55 minutes

Deliciously crunchy cut-out cookies that are perfectly spiced with ginger, and decorated with icing. The most festive, and BEST cookies to make for Christmas!

Ingredients

For the Cookies

  • 3/4 cup (170g) unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 3/4 cup (150g) light 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

Instructions

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.
  3. Add the egg, and beat until combined. Add the dry ingredients, and mix until combined.
  4. 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.
  5. Preheat the oven to 180C/350F/Gas 4, and line a baking tray with parchment paper or a silicone mat. Set aside.
  6. On a generously floured surface, roll 1 disc of dough until about 1/4-inch thick.
  7. 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.
  8. Bake for 9 - 10 minutes. Allow to cool for 5 minutes before transferring them to a wire rack to cool completely.

For the Icing

  1. In a small bowl, stir together the icing sugar and milk until smooth. Stir in the vanilla and golden syrup until smooth and glossy.
  2. Add food colouring, if desired. If icing is too thick, add more milk.
  3. Decorate cookies as desired, and enjoy!

Notes

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.

Nutrition Information:
Yield: 28 cookies Serving Size: 1 cookie
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 108Total Fat: 5gSaturated Fat: 3gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 2gCholesterol: 20mgSodium: 69mgCarbohydrates: 15gFiber: 0gSugar: 12gProtein: 1g

Nutrition information isn’t always accurate.

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Sandi

Sunday 18th of December 2016

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

Marsha

Monday 19th of December 2016

Thanks, Sandi! Yes, you can use maple syrup :) I hope you enjoy!

Natalie | Natalie's Food & Health

Friday 16th of December 2016

Awww they look so sooo cute! I bet they taste just amazing, soft and fragrant. I must say I kinda love that last picture, the one with head bitten off. That's the first thing I like to bite when I eat gingerbread man LOL :D I'm so evil... kidding ;)

Marsha

Monday 19th of December 2016

Haha, I loved taking the photo! Thanks, Natalie! :D

Demeter | Beaming Baker

Thursday 15th of December 2016

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.

Marsha

Friday 16th of December 2016

Haha, thanks Demeter! :)

Vanessa @Vanessa Baked

Thursday 15th of December 2016

Adorable gingerbread men! Cute pictures too! :-)

Marsha

Friday 16th of December 2016

Thanks, Vanessa!

Shelby @ Go Eat and Repeat

Wednesday 14th of December 2016

You did such a good job decorating your gingerbread men! The frosting always gets away from me a little bit lol

Marsha

Wednesday 14th of December 2016

Thanks, Shelby! :)

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