Gingerbread Men Cookies

A Christmas Classic. These Gingerbread men cookies are a soft cookie with a mild ginger flavor. From an old family recipe.

A Christmas Classic. These Gingerbread men cookies are a soft cookie with a mild ginger flavor. From an old family recipe.
What’s Christmas without a gingerbread man?
Sure you could make a sugar cookie shaped like a man but it’s not the same.
Something about the taste of a gingerbread man just makes you feel the holiday from the inside out.
And they’re not overly sweet like a lot of cookies.
And come on,
We all know it’s fun to bite off a leg or an arm and remember when we ate these as kids.
A Christmas Classic. These Gingerbread men cookies are a soft cookie with a mild ginger flavor. From an old family recipe.
This is a family recipe given to me by my Aunt Kitty years ago when I was looking for a good gingerbread man recipe. She’s made these with her girls for probably 40 years. So you know it has to be good!
Gingerbread Men
Gingerbread Men

Yield: 8 dozen cookies

Ingredients

  • 8 cups sifted flour
  • 3 teaspoon ginger
  • 1 heaping teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 c. unsulfered molasses
  • 1 cup shortening
  • 3 tsp baking soda
  • 2/3 cup hot water
  • 1 egg

Instructions

  1. Combine flour, ginger, cinnamon and salt. Make a well in the center, stir in sugar and molasses.
  2. Add shortening.
  3. Dissolve baking soda in hot water, then pour into dough.
  4. Finally add egg and blend until well combined.
  5. Wrap dough in Plastic wrap. Chill thoroughly, I chill over night.
  6. Roll dough out onto a floured surface to 1/4 inch thickness. Cut into desired shapes.
  7. Bake at 400 degrees for 8-10 minutes on a greased cookie sheet.
  8. Once cooled decorate with [Royal Icing/http://chocolatechocolateandmore.com/2011/11/decorating-cookies-with-royal-icing/] or whatever you choose.

Notes

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Make a well in the center, stir in sugar and molasses.
Add shortening.
Dissolve baking soda in hot water, then pour into dough.

Finally add egg and blend until well combined.

Chill thoroughly, I chill over night.

Roll out onto a floured surface to 1/4 inch thickness.

Cut into desired shapes

A Christmas Classic. These Gingerbread men cookies are a soft cookie with a mild ginger flavor. From an old family recipe.

Bake at 400 degrees for 8-10 minutes on a greased cookie sheet.

Once cooled decorate with Royal Icing or whatever you choose.

This recipe will make about 8 dozen cookies depending on the size. Dough can also be frozen.

A Christmas Classic. These Gingerbread men cookies are a soft cookie with a mild ginger flavor. From an old family recipe.

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Comments

  1. They’re so cute! I love their little smiles!

  2. Oh, goodness…it has been YEARS since I’ve had these!

    What memories…wow.

    And once again, you make them look perfect. =)

  3. Does this recipe keep them soft and chewy? I’m only wondering, ’cause they look great and I would love to make soft, chewy Gingerbread people!

  4. Can you also make gingerbread houses with this recipe? or is it too soft?

  5. G’day! I love gingerbread cookies, true!
    I could almost smell yours through the screen…great photo too!
    Cheers! Joanne
    Viewed as part of Helene’s Christmas Cookie Collection 2013

  6. Dana Garrett says:

    Could you use butter instead of shortening?

  7. Can I halve this recipe and it still turn out?

    • You can but it’s hard to Halve an egg. Other than the egg issue, the rest of the recipe is easy to halve. This dough does freeze well so you could make a full batch and just freeze half the dough for another time.

  8. I made these with my kids today. The dough was amazing to work with. …I don’t know if I used the wrong kind of molasses, but I find the flavour completely overpowering. I’m not sure if these will get eaten in my house. They look great, but I think there’s just too much molasses. What kind did you use?

    • I use Grandma’s Molasses. Did you use unsulphured?

      • I used Crosby’s. It’s the only molasses I can find where I live. (never seen Grandma’s before. I just noticed I bought cooking molasses and on the back it says “recipes prepared with Crosby’s Cooking Molasses will have a much stronger taste than with Crosby’s Fancy Molasses” Guess I should have bought the Fancy. I wish the cookies tasted as good as they look. That was a long time spent baking and decorating :( Fun time with the kids, but end results a molasses cookie. What is unsulfered?

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