Chewy, no chill, perfectly spiced Gingerbread Men Cookies are a must to bake and decorate during the holidays!

Gingerbread Men Cookies

It wouldn’t be the holidays without gingerbread men cookies! I’ve always thought they were so cute and fun to decorate, but I’d honestly never met a gingerbread man cookie that tasted great…until now!

Gingerbread Men Cookies

I decided this was the year I was going to create my own gingerbread men cookie recipe to prove that these cuties could taste delicious too. Out with the hard, crumbly, flavorless and in with the chewy, tender and spiced just right.

This recipe is quick and easy and guaranteed to give you gingerbread men cookies that hold up to the excitement of decorating and then dancing them into your mouth.

Just mix the dough, roll it out and cut it into the gingerbread man shape. No chilling required.

Cutting out the gingerbread men shapes is definitely a highlight for my crew when we make these cookies. I like to roll the dough out to 1/4-inch thickness for a thicker, chewier cookie.

And they bake so quickly that you can have all 4 dozen baked in less than 20 minutes. Makes for such a great recipe to bake with kids because it’s quick and easy.

Gingerbread Men Cookies

What Do I Need to Make Gingerbread Men Cookies?

  • Unsalted butter
  • Dark brown sugar
  • Molasses
  • Vanilla extract
  • Large eggs
  • All-purpose flour
  • Ground ginger
  • Ground cinnamon
  • Baking powder
  • Baking soda
  • Kosher salt

How to Make Gingerbread Men Cookies

  • Preheat oven to 350°F. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper or spray with non-stick cooking spray.
  • In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, beat the butter and dark brown sugar until smooth. Add the molasses and vanilla and beat until well combined. Beat in the eggs, one at a time.
  • Add the flour, ginger, cinnamon, baking powder, baking soda and salt. Mix on low speed until the flour is fully incorporated.
  • Divide dough in half. On a floured surface, roll the dough to ¼-inch thick.
Gingerbread Men Cookies
  • Using a gingerbread man cookie cutter, cut out the gingerbread men.
Gingerbread Men Cookies
  • Transfer to baking sheets and bake for 7-9 minutes or until they start to crisp around the edges. Let cookies cool on baking sheets 5 minutes and then transfer to wire racks to cool completely.
Gingerbread Men Cookies

Once cooled, they’re ready to decorate. I like using the store-bought containers of cookie icing to decorate these cookies because the container with the little tips make it much easier for everyone to draw their desired design on the cookies.

Use a variety of colored icings, sprinkles, candies, etc. Such a fun activity to do with the kids this holiday season.

Gingerbread Men Cookies

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Have fun with them! They’re sure to be cute and guaranteed to be delicious. If you make these Gingerbread Men Cookies and post a pic to social, be sure to tag me on Instagram @thebakermama so I can see! 😍 I just love seeing how inspired and creative y’all get with the ideas I share. Enjoy!

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Gingerbread Men Cookies

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  • Author: Maegan – The BakerMama
  • Prep Time: 25 mins
  • Cook Time: 7 mins
  • Total Time: 32 mins
  • Yield: 4 dozen
  • Category: Dessert

Description

Chewy, no chill, perfectly spiced Gingerbread Men Cookies are a must to bake and decorate during the holidays!


Ingredients

  • 1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, slightly softened
  • 1 cup dark brown sugar
  • ¾ cup molasses
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 large eggs
  • 5 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons ground ginger
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon koser salt

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper or spray with non-stick cooking spray.
  2. In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, beat the butter and dark brown sugar until smooth. Add the molasses and vanilla and beat until well combined. Beat in the eggs, one at a time.
  3. Add the flour, ginger, cinnamon, baking powder, baking soda and salt. Mix on low speed until the flour is fully incorporated.
  4. Divide dough in half. On a floured surface, roll the dough to ¼-inch thick. Using a gingerbread man cookie cutter, cut out the gingerbread men. Transfer to baking sheets and bake for 7-9 minutes or until they start to crisp around the edges. Let cookies cool on baking sheets 5 minutes and then transfer to wire racks to cool completely.
  5. Once cookies are cooled, decorate with cookie icing and candies.

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Maegan is the author of her best-selling Beautiful Boards, Spectacular Spreads and Brilliant Bites cookbooks. She started blogging in 2012 and features hundreds of original recipes on The BakerMama. She truly enjoys sharing her easy, family-friendly recipes, creative meal ideas, food board creations, and entertaining spreads to encourage others to get in the kitchen and make something memorable for their loved ones to enjoy together. Learn More

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  1. The only gingerbread cookies I’ll make! My family loves these and kids have a blast decorating them. It’s become their favorite Christmas tradition. I use an oversized cookie cutter and these make beautiful cookies. Thanks for the recipe!






  2. Cookies are bland. After review of the recipe realized salt and cloves missing in the recipe. The dough was easy to work with and the no chill is awesome when your short on time. The next time I make them I will modify the recipe as mentioned above by adding more spice and the missing ones as well.






  3. Hi there, these look great! How do you measure your flour? I normally lightly spoon mine into my measuring cup and then level, but I know that others sometimes scoop directly with the measuring cup. I want to ensure I am adding enough flour. Thanks!

    1. Hi Pam! I scoop my measuring cup into the flour to fill it up and then level it off with a knife. Hope this helps. Enjoy!

    1. Hi Nick! The recipe calls for vanilla extract. I updated the instructions to clarify. I recommend pure vanilla extract. Enjoy!

    1. Hi Paula! No, I didn’t use nutmeg in this recipe, but you could certainly add it or replace some of the ginger with it. Enjoy!