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Gingerbread Skeleton Cookies

Updated on July 25, 2016

Gingerbread Skeleton Cookies


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These cookies are nice and moist. I frosted them with a simple and traditional royal icing which paired nicely. I stored them in an airtight container and threw in a slice of bread (A little trick to keep them from going stale and they've lasted a week in top condition). I used a skeleton cookie cutter instead of a tradiotional gingerbread man but any cookie cutter will work. For a skeleton first cut out the cookie and then stamp the man shape with the skeleton or simply decorate with bone shapes.

Cook Time

Prep time: 4 hours 30 min
Cook time: 10 min
Ready in: 4 hours 40 min
Yields: 24 Cookies

Ingredients For Cookies

  • 3 Cups Flour
  • 2 tsp ground ginger
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 2 tsp Allspice
  • 1/2 tsp ground nutmeg
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 3/4 cup unsalted butter, softened
  • 3/4 Cup brown sugar, firmly packed
  • 1/2 Cup molasses
  • 1 egg, large
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract

Ingredients For Icing

*1 cup confectioners' sugar

* 2 tsp buttermilk

* 2 tsp light corn syrup

* 1/4 tsp vanilla extract


  1. Mix flour, ginger, cinnamon, baking soda, nutmeg and salt in large bowl. Set aside.
  2. Beat butter and brown sugar in large bowl with electric mixer on medium speed until light and fluffy.
  3. Add molasses, egg and vanilla; mix well.
  4. Gradually beat in flour mixture on low speed until well mixed.
  5. Press dough into a thick flat disk. Wrap in plastic wrap. Refrigerate 4 hours or overnight. Let dough thaw up to 30 min. before working with it.
  6. Preheat oven to 350°F.
  7. Roll out dough to 1/4-inch thickness on lightly floured work surface. Cut into gingerbread men shapes with 5-inch cookie cutter. Place 1 inch apart on un-greased baking sheets.
  8. Bake 8 to 10 minutes or until edges of cookies are set and just begin to brown. Cool on baking sheets 1 to 2 minutes. Remove to wire racks; cool completely. (Mine only took 8, so be sure to check them at minimum.)
  9. In a small bowl, stir together confectioners' sugar and milk until smooth. Beat in corn syrup and vanilla until icing has a glossy texture. If icing is too thick, add more corn syrup until it's the way you like. (You will want the icing to smooth back over a few seconds after having a knife spread over it for a nice consistency.)
  10. Divide into separate bowls if you wish to add different coloring. Decorate cookies and give a few minutes for icing to harden.


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      Liam Hallam 2 years ago from Nottingham UK

      These look fantastic for halloween- especially with the addition of some red icing sugar to give a gory look for adult parties (why should the kids have all the fun!)