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Soft Gingerbread Men Cookies

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  • Author: Fadela
  • Total Time: 30 minutes
  • Yield: 20 biscuits


Soft Gingerbread cookies flavored with gingerbread spices and decorated with royal icing (for 20 cookies)


Gingerbread dough

  • 153 g (1 stick + 3 tbsp) Butter - unsalted and softened
  • 135 g (⅔ cup) Brown Sugar 
  • 1 Egg - large at room temperature
  • 1 tsp Vanilla extract
  • 150 g (⅓ cup) molasses - or honey + maple syrup mix
  • 450 g (3 cups) Flour - all-purpose
  • 1 tsp Cinnamon - ground
  • 1 tsp Ginger - ground
  • 1 pinch Nutmeg - ground
  • 1 pinch Cloves - ground
  • 1 tsp baking soda - or baking powder
  • 1 pinch of salt

Royal Icing

  • 400 g (3 ⅓ cups)Powdered sugar - sifted
  • 40 g (3-4 tbsp) Water 
  • Sugar for decoration


Cookie dough 

  1. Place softened butter and brown sugar in a large bowl and mix with an electric mixer for 2-3 minutes until creamy.
  2. Add the egg, vanilla extrac and molasses and mix again with the hand mixer for 1 minute to incorporate.
  3. Then add the dry ingredients, flour, spices, salt and baking soda and mix just until combined.
  4. Gather the dough into a ball and cover with plastic wrap and place in the refrigerator for at least 20 minutes.
  5. Roll out the dough on a floured surface and cut out with a gingerbread man cookie cutter.
  6. Place your cutouts on a parchment paper-lined baking sheet and place in the freezer while the oven is preheating.


  1. Preheat the oven to 347°F / 175°C and bake the cookies for 8 to 10 minutes, until they are slightly puffed and browned.
  2. Remove the baking sheet from the oven and let them cool a little, then carefully move them to a wire rack to cool completely.


  1. Place the sifted powdered sugar in a medium bowl with the water and beat with an electric whisk for about 5 minutes until the mixture is thick and slightly fluid. (If the mixture seems too runny add more powdered sugar and if it is too thick add a few drops of water)
  2. Fill a piping bag with a round 2 tip or cut a very small opening with scissors.
  3. Decorate the cookies with icing and immediately decorate with granulated sugar or other decorations.
  4. Let the gingerbread men dry for 1 hour before eating them!


Storage: up to 1-2 weeks at room temperature in a covered storage box and up to 3 months in the freezer without the glaze.

  • Prep Time: 20 minutes
  • Cook Time: 10 minutes
  • Category: cookies, shortbread
  • Cuisine: american