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Gingerbread Men

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

Iced gingerbread men cookies overlapped on marble background.

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

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

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

Ingredients for Gingerbread Men:

  • unsalted butter
  • light or dark brown sugar
  • molasses or black treacle
  • egg
  • 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

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!

Overhead shot of iced gingerbread men overlapped on marble background.

Close-up of iced gingerbread men on marble background.

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 on marble background with Christmas baubles in background.

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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5 from 2 votes
Gingerbread Men
Prep Time: 45 mins
Cook Time: 10 mins
Total Time: 55 mins
Yields: 26 - 28 cookies
Calories: 145 kcal
Deliciously ginger-spiced cookies that are slightly soft on the inside, and crispy on the outside, and decorated with icing!
For the Cookies
  • 3/4 cup unsalted butter 170g, room temperature
  • 3/4 cup light or dark brown sugar 150g
  • 1/2 cup molasses/black treacle 165g
  • 1 large egg room temperature
  • 3 and 1/4 cups plain/all-purpose flour 400g
  • 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 icing/powdered sugar 125g
  • 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.
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. Add food colouring, if desired. If icing is too thick, add more milk.
  2. 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.

The calories are an estimate only.

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  • Reply
    13th December 2016 at 4:47 pm

    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!

    • Reply
      14th December 2016 at 1:08 pm

      Thanks, Amanda!

  • Reply
    13th December 2016 at 5:05 pm

    Those are so cute!

    • Reply
      14th December 2016 at 1:08 pm

      Thanks, Kari!

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    Shelby @ Go Eat and Repeat
    14th December 2016 at 2:10 am

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

    • Reply
      14th December 2016 at 1:10 pm

      Thanks, Shelby! 🙂

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    Vanessa @Vanessa Baked
    15th December 2016 at 2:13 pm

    Adorable gingerbread men! Cute pictures too! 🙂

    • Reply
      16th December 2016 at 11:18 am

      Thanks, Vanessa!

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    Demeter | Beaming Baker
    15th December 2016 at 9:37 pm

    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.

    • Reply
      16th December 2016 at 11:15 am

      Haha, thanks Demeter! 🙂

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    Natalie | Natalie's Food & Health
    16th December 2016 at 9:15 pm

    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 😀 I’m so evil… kidding 😉

    • Reply
      19th December 2016 at 3:03 pm

      Haha, I loved taking the photo! Thanks, Natalie! 😀

  • Reply
    18th December 2016 at 7:19 pm

    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

    • Reply
      19th December 2016 at 1:44 pm

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

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