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This recipe for Gingerbread Men cookies are a classic holiday favorite. They are perfectly spiced with cinnamon, ginger, molasses and bake up soft and chewy with slightly crisp edges.

Gingerbread Men Cookies

This gingerbread man cookie recipe is a classic holiday favorite. These easy holiday cookies are perfectly spiced with cinnamon, ginger, and molasses. They bake until soft and chewy with slightly crisp edges.

Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Keyword best christmas cookie recipe, best cookie recipe, Best gingerbread cookie recipe, christmas cookie recipe, gingerbread cookie recipe, gingerbread men recipe, holiday cookie recipe, soft gingerbread cookie recipe
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 11 minutes
Chill Time 1 hour 30 minutes
Total Time 31 minutes
Servings 20 3-inch cookies
Calories 246 kcal


  • 3 cups flour measured correctly (spoon, sweep and level method)
  • 3/4 cup packed dark brown sugar
  • 1 Tablespoon ground cinnamon
  • 3/4 Tablespoon ground ginger
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 3/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 3/4 cup 1 1/2 sticks unsalted butter, cut into cubes and softened slightly
  • 3/4 cup unsulphured molasses
  • 2 Tablespoons milk room temperature

Royal Icing:

  • 2 cups powdered sugar sifted
  • 1-1/2 Tablespoons meringue powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 3 Tablespoons warm water less for stiff icing and more for thin icing
  • Gel food coloring optional


  1. In the bowl of a stand mixer on low speed fitted with the paddle attachment, stir together flour, sugar, cinnamon, ginger, cloves, nutmeg, salt, and baking soda at low speed until combined, about 30 seconds. Add butter pieces, one at a time while mixing at medium-low speed until mixture is slightly gritty, about 1-2 minutes.
  2. Very slowly add molasses and milk and mix until thoroughly combined.
  3. Divide dough in half and roll the first dough portion out between two large sheets of parchment paper, into a 1/4 inch thickness. Place rolled dough sheet (with parchment papers) on a large baking pan.
  4. Repeat with second half of dough and stack on top of the first sheet.
  5. Place baking pan in the fridge for 2 hours or freezer for 25 minutes.

  6. Heat oven to 350 F degrees. Line two large baking pans with parchment paper and set aside.
  7. Remove one dough sheet from freezer, peel off both parchment papers to ensure the dough is not sticking and lay back on top of bottom parchment sheet. 

    Using a cookie cutter (I used a 3-inch), cut into shapes and transfer to lined baking pans at least 3/4 inch apart. Repeat with remaining dough. Place the baking sheet back in the freezer for 10 minutes. Meanwhile, remove the other dough sheet and repeat.

  8. Bake (one pan at a time) in preheated oven until cookies are puffy and just set around edges, 8 to 11 minutes, rotating pan halfway through. Be careful not to overbake.

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  9. Allow cookies to cool on baking pan for 2 minutes, then remove with wide metal spatula to wire rack to cool completely. Repeat with any remaining dough.
    Top view of 4 plain gingerbread men cookies on a cooling rack

For Royal Icing:

  1. Beat all ingredients together until icing forms peaks, about 7 minutes.

    Top view of royal icing in blue, green and white for sugar cookies on a wooden board
  2. Tint with gel food coloring as desired.

    Fill piping bags with icing and frost cookies.

    Top view of decorated vegan sugar cookies on a parchment paper on a wooden background with cookie cutters
Nutrition Facts
Gingerbread Men Cookies
Amount Per Serving (1 cookie (with icing))
Calories 246 Calories from Fat 63
% Daily Value*
Fat 7g11%
Saturated Fat 4g20%
Cholesterol 18mg6%
Sodium 79mg3%
Potassium 222mg6%
Carbohydrates 44g15%
Sugar 29g32%
Protein 2g4%
Vitamin A 215IU4%
Calcium 43mg4%
Iron 1.6mg9%
* Nutrition facts are provided as a courtesy using the WPRM recipe calculator. It is best to make your own calculations to ensure accuracy. We expressly disclaim any and all liability of any kind with respect to any act or omission wholly or in part in reliance on anything contained in this website. Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.