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Gingerbread Man Recipe

Updated on July 15, 2016


Gingerbread Man Cookies
Gingerbread Man Cookies

Gingerbread man

With the aroma of ginger, cinnamon, and molasses the one cookie that says it is the holiday season is the Gingerbread Man cookie.

A Gingerbread Man is a rolled cookie (or rolled biscuit) that is usually cut into the shape of a human but can be cut in other shapes as well.

Cookies cutters are used to create the Gingerbread Man shape. It is possible to draw the shape of a Gingerbread man unto cardboard, cut out the shape. Lay the shape on top of the dough. Using a knife to cut around the shape.

A variety of cookies can be made with ginger cookie dough; fun shapes or create a ginger family: a Gingerbread Man, a Gingerbread Woman, and a Gingerbread baby.

Baked to a warm brown tint the cute Gingerbread Man cookies are decorated with candies, raisins, and at times icing. Gingerbread cookies are fun to make, decorate, and eat. Create memories by baking, cutting out, and decorating ginger cookies with candies and raisins.



  • 2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour, sifted
  • 3 tsp. double-acting baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1 tsp. ginger
  • 1 tsp. cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp. cloves
  • 2/3 cup molasses
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar, firmly packed
  • 1 egg, well beaten
  • 1/3 cup shortening, melted
  • your choice raisins, candies,etc, for decorating
  • 1/2 cup confectioner's sugar
  • 2 tsp warm water


  1. Sift together flour, baking powder, salt, ginger, cinnamon, and cloves. Combine molasses, brown sugar, beaten egg, and melted shortening: then add flour mixture. Mix well: then refigerate for 1 hour.
  2. Roll out on lightly floured surface toabout 1/8" thickness: cut out with gingerbread man shaped cookie cutter. If using raisins, Make eyes , nose and mouth. Otherwise decorate after baking.
  3. Bake on greased cookie sheets at 375 degrees. 10 to 12 minutes, or till done. Cool on rack.
  4. For Frosting: Combine confectioner's sugar and water, and stir until smooth. Use with pastry tube to make bows ,buttons.etc.
5 stars from 3 ratings of Gingerbread Man Cookies

The Gingerbread Man is a fairytale about a living Gingerbread Man that gets devoured by a fox.

Run Run as fast as you can you can't catch me I'm the Gingerbread Man..

The Gingerbread Man


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      Faythe F. 4 years ago from USA

      Thank You for the vote...mary615....heading over to read your Gingerbread hub

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      Mary Hyatt 4 years ago from Florida

      Christmas wouldn't be Christmas at our house without Gingerbread Men and a Gingerbread House! I wrote Hubs about both of the ones I make. I took lots of photos as I made them.

      I enjoyed reading your Hub on making these cute little guys.

      Voted UP, etc.

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      Faythe F. 5 years ago from USA

      I didn't mind sharing..I like your new picture as well.

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      Gustave Kilthau 5 years ago from USA

      Hello again, Faythe (faythef) - Check out the replacement photo I got this morning. Not only did a good photo come along, but the site provided the means to caption the thing on-photo. So, now you again have that Wikipedia picture "all to yourself." :-) (That's funny, right?)

      Gus :-)))

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      Faythe F. 5 years ago from USA

      great minds do think alike..I love that

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      Gustave Kilthau 5 years ago from USA

      Hi Faythe (faythef) - Great minds think alike. Clued in by your welcome comment on my hub about the raisinless Gingerbread Boy, I note that you and I chose the same picture to illustrate the article top. I piddled around with the picture a little, but the source was the same - Wikipedia. Goes to show you that the Internet is truly a small place for being such a huge one. By the way - if you need some more good pix of Gingerbread cookies (boys and girls, too), I can put some that I gathered onto one of my websites so that you can download them. I couldn't use them for the poem deal because the cookies were all heavily clothed in their several pix.

      Gus :-)))

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      Faythe F. 5 years ago from USA

      Yes it is..the best part for me anyway is the smell of it baking

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      RTalloni 5 years ago from the short journey

      Gingerbread recipes are a good reason to love this time of year! :)