The Gingerbread Man Cookie Recipe

Every Christmas season, I bake “Gingerbread Men Cookies” for my children. Even if they are much older now, the memories and the aroma of molasses, cinnamon and other spices give them a warm cozy feeling. It’s one reason that I’ve continued this tradition year after year. I will share this recipe with you if you want to bake it too.

This recipe is modified for a tropical climate. The original recipe requires immediate rolling after the dough has been made but our tropical heat just makes it gooey to handle.

NOTE: The Gingerbread Man Cookie recipe can be used only for your personal use and cannot be posted in your website, blog or any other site, form (magazine, newspapers etc) or means.


5 cups sifted all purpose flour
2 tsp. Baking Soda
1/2 tsp. ground ginger
1 tsp Cinnamon
1/4 tsp. Cloves
1/4 tsp. salt
1 cup margarine (butter compound)
1 cup sugar
1 cup dark molasses (use our locally made molasses)
1 Tablespoon vinegar
1 egg

Materials Needed to decorate Gingerbread Man
Cherries for the lips
Raisins for the eyes
Chocolate candies (M & M’s)
Gingerbread Man shaped Cookie Cutter


1. Place margarine and sugar in large bowl.
2. In saucepan, heat molasses to boiling. Pour over margarine and sugar, add vinegar.
3. Stir on speed number 2 until well blended.
4. Set aside to cool.

5. Sift dry ingredients together.
6. Add egg to molasses mixture and beat on speed no. 4 to blend.
7. Add dry ingredients and stir into molasses mixture on speed no. 4 until well blended- about one and half minutes.

8. Refrigerate overnight or freeze for an hour.

9. Get a small portion of the chilled dough and roll on well floured board to 1/4 inch thickness. ( Tip:I roll directly on the cookie sheet for easy handling of cut dough)

10. Cut with floured Gingerbread man shaped cookie cutter about one inch apart.

11. To decorate the Gingerbread man before baking

– Cut the cherries to make lips
– Cut the raisins in half for the eyes.

12. Place cherries for lips and raisins for the eyes.

(Tip: you can also put a hole on the head of the Gingerbread Man cookie if you want to hang it on your christmas tree. But with a dusty climate and possibility of cockroaches, I just wrap the cookie in plastic.)

13. Bake at 350 F for 8 to 10 minutes.

14. Cool on brown paper for towelling.

Yield : 4 dozen to 4 1/2 dozens for a 4 inches (height) Gingebreadman

Decorating the Gingerbread Man

Icing for the buttons

3 Egg Whites (1/3 cup)
3 to 4 cups Confectioners Sugar
(this yields around 4 cups of icing which you can use for Christmas cookie decorating)


1. Beat egg whites until stiff.

2. add 1/4 tsp cream of tartar

3. Add confectioner sugar until well blended

For decorating tips:

1. Stick chocolate candies with the icing to form buttons
2. Ice the head for hat
3. Ice the feet for shoes.

After all the Gingerbread Men Cookies have been iced, I wrap them individually in ice-bag plastic and string them to our Christmas garlands that adorn our rooms in the house.

or place it in a bowl for the kids to grab some whenever they are hungry

11 thoughts on “The Gingerbread Man Cookie Recipe

  1. Bridgett

    To whom it may concern:

    I would like to publish your gingerbread man recipe in our high school newspaper. And like it says above “NOTE: The Gingerbread Man Cookie recipe can be used only for your personal use and cannot be posted in your website, blog or any other site, form or means without my WRITTEN permission”. I would like your written permission please. I will cite your work and also put a link to you website and if you like your name.

    Please contact me ASAP. To let me know if i can use it please.

    Thank you for your time



    [email protected]

  2. noemi

    I am sorry but it can’t be posted anywhere unless one uses it for baking at their home. You can however provide a link to the site

    Thank you for your understanding

  3. chabrenas

    Home baked gingerbread men are far better than any store-bought ones, quite apart from the enjoyment children get from helping make them. But it was my mother who cooked them – African ayas didn’t cook…

    Nice recipe, but I LIKED a fair amount of ginger, even as a child, so I’d increase the amount.

  4. Kal

    may i ask if how many servings would the ingredients will make??

  5. Kal

    may i ask if how many servings would the ingredients will make?

  6. ogz

    it says 4 dozens ….so 4×12= 48pcs

  7. Sapna

    I liked the recipe of the gingerbread men. I also liked the descriptive manner in which you have filled out the details about the ingredients and the quantities.

    I will surely like to try it out at home this Christmas, which would be the first for me.

    But i also will like to know as to how many servings will i get out of this quantity?

  8. irishjoyce

    thank u for sharing this recipe….. i hope that u

    will show us more

    recipes of cookies…

    god bless….

    Read more:

  9. irishjoyce


  10. theresa

    hi noemi!

    i plan to try this recipe for christmas. where can i buy the cookie cutter?


  11. Mei

    Hi Ms. Noemi! Wow, your Ginger Bread looks yummy! May I now where you bought your Grounded Ginger? I’m a newbie baker and doesn’t know much yet about the places to go for ingredients and the like but I’m willing to learn from books, internet and experienced people 🙂

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