Gingerbread Men

With less than a week to go, it’s Gingerbread Men time. This tried and true recipe should definitely join your recipe box.


It’s official, guys. We’re less than 1 week away from Christmas Day. Ahhhh! The buildup is getting bigger and better. As I have mentioned before, I almost love the days leading up to Christmas, especially Christmas Eve, more than the actual day. I wish I could bottle up the anticipation and excitement I feel right now for the rest of the year (or the new year, which is right around the corner). My husband recently said that I will probably never grow out of my childlike fascination and enthusiasm, ha. I hope he is right!


Last night he took me to an amazing Christmas Lights setup at a nearby farm. Over 100,000 lights all synchronized to Christmas music almost set me over the edge. They even had a giant snowman display singing “The 12 Days of Christmas”, which might be the cutest thing I’ve seen in a very long time. I could have driven through that Christmas Wonderland over and over again. Once we returned home, I was thrilled that a freshly brewed cup of tea and these Gingerbread Men were awaiting us.

I might die of cuteness overdose!


Once I got myself to biting off this little fella’s arm, I remembered why I adore gingerbread so much. Not only is the cookie texture on point, but the spices are incredible. Being the ginger lover that I am, I had to restrain myself from eating one too many. There’s nothing subtle about these cookies. They are gingerbread in your face kind of a treat and they aren’t sorry about it AT. ALL. Caps are necessary.


This cookie recipe will excite small and great alike. The finished product tastes amazing, of course, but the process of making these is quite fun as well. As you can see, I gave this little guy the ugly sweater look. He was begging for one, so how could I possibly say no?!


One thing I want to mention is the chill time of this dough. It is crucial to ensure you keep the dough in the fridge for a minimum of 4 hours before rolling out. Otherwise you will find yourself with a sticky mess on your hands and some very sad-looking gingerbread men. I actually made this dough the night before and used it the next day, but you can definitely whip them up on the same day, as long as you give it sufficient time in the fridge.

Also, the icing is similar to royal icing. But because I didn’t want to buy meringue powder or use actual eggs for royal icing, I made up my own using ingredients you probably already have on hand. Even though it might not look like it at first, the icing will dry hard just like royal icing and has the perfect consistency for different designs as well. Plus, it’s safe to consume and you won’t have to worry about buying ingredients you might never use again.


Enjoy this last weekend before Christmas!

Gingerbread Men
Yields 24
Sugar, Spice and Everything Nice is exactly what you get with these adorable Gingerbread Men. I can hear them calling your name!
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For the Dough
  1. 3 cups all-purpose flour
  2. 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  3. 3/4 teaspoon baking soda
  4. 1/4 teaspoon salt
  5. 1/2 tablespoon ground ginger
  6. 1 3/4 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  7. 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
  8. 1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter
  9. 3/4 cup brown sugar
  10. 1 large egg
  11. 1/2 cup molasses
  12. 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
For the Icing
  1. 2 cups confectioners sugar
  2. 4 teaspoons milk (I used almond milk)
  3. 1 1/2 tablespoon corn syrup
  4. 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  5. red and green food coloring, optional
  1. 1. In a medium bowl, sift together flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, ginger, cinnamon and cloves. Set aside.
  2. 2. In the bowl of your stand mixer, cream together butter and sugar. Add the egg and beat until incorporated. Add molasses and vanilla and stir until incorporated. Slowly add flour mixture and mix until a smooth dough forms. Divide dough in half and form into discs. Wrap in plastic wrap and place in the fridge for 4 hours or overnight.
  3. 3. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Set nearby.
  4. Remove one of the dough discs from the fridge and place between 2 sheets of wax paper. Roll out dough to about 1/4 inch thickness. Cut out shapes and transfer to the prepared baking sheet. Bake for 7-8 minutes. Remove from the oven and let cookies rest for a couple of minutes before transferring to wire racks to cool completely. Repeat with remaining dough. Let cookies cool completely before decorating.
  5. 4. To make the icing, combine all of the ingredients (except for food coloring) and beat until smooth. Add more milk if icing appears to be too thick. Separate icing into batches and tint with the red and green food coloring, if desired. Using piping bags or squeeze bottles (with small tips), pipe icing onto cookies. Let cookies set for 10 minutes or until icing has hardened and enjoy!
  1. Gingerbread Men will keep stored in an airtight container for up to 1 week.
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  1. These look perfect and I love that they are healthier!

  2. Oh wow, yours look so perfect! Almost too cute to eat!

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