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Gingerbread Men Cookie Recipes

Let's make some Gingerbread Men, or boys, as I have found some recipes that call them Gingerbread Boys.

Of course the Gingerbread Man have always been a popular cookie. You know the story..."Run, run as fast as you can, you can't catch me, I'm the Gingerbread Man!"

Gingerbread Men

Gingerbread boys
  • 3 1/4 cups flour
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 2 tsp ground cloves
  • 1 cup butter - softened
  • 3/4 cup dark brown sugar, firmly packed
  • 1 large egg
  • 1/2 cup molasses

Preheat oven to 325'
Whisk together flour, salt, cinnamon, baking soda, ginger, and cloves. Cream butter and sugar. Scrape down sides of bowl. Add egg and molasses and beat on medium speed until smooth. Scrape down bowl and add flour mixture, blend on low speed until just combined -- do not over mix!

Separate dough into 2 balls and flatten into disks. Wrap each disk tightly in plastic wrap and refrigerate 1 hour.

On floured surface with floured rolling pin, roll dough out to 1/4" thickness. With floured cookie cutters cut into shapes. Gather scraps and re-roll dough until all is used. Place on ungreased baking sheets about 1/2" apart.

Bake 9-11 minutes -- do not brown. Transfer to cool, flat surface and cool.

  • 2/3 cup confectioners sugar
  • 1/2 tsp milk

Whisk sugar and milk until smooth but still liquid. Add extra milk if it seems dry. Spoon icing into a pastry bag with small piping tip, or other icing dispenser.
Decorate as desired.
Recipe from a 1979 recipebook

Gingerbread Boys

Gingerbread couple
  • 1 cup shortening
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 egg
  • 1 cup molasses
  • 2 tablespoons vinegar

  • 5 cups of sifted flour
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons soda
  • 1 tablespoon ginger
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon ground cloves

Thoroughly cream the shortening, sugar, and salt. Stir in egg, molasses, and vinegar; beat well. Sift dry ingredients; stir into molasses mixture. Chill (about 3 hours). On lightly floured surface, roll to 1/8 inch. Cut with gingerbread boy cutter.

Place 1 inch apart on greased cooky sheet. Use red hots for faces and buttons. Bake in moderate oven (375) about 6 minutes. Cool slightly; remove to rack. When thoroughly cool, decorate with Confectioner's Icing. Makes about 5 dozen.

Confectioner's Icing:
Add sufficient light cream or half and half to 2 cups confectioners sugar. to make the consistency you need.

For piped trim (Gingerbread Boys) add only enough liquid to make a mixture that will go through a pastry tube easily and hold it's shape. For bread glaze, make icing a little thinner than spreading consistency. For cookie glaze, have it runny.
Recipe from a 1963 recipebook

Easy Gingerbread Men Ornaments

Gingerbread man ornament
  • 1 pkg. Spice Cake Mix
  • 1/2 cup all purpose flour
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/3 cup Crisco oil
  • 1/3 cup dark molasses
  • 2 tsp. ground ginger
  • Raisins for decorations

Combine cake mix, flour, eggs, oil, molasses and ginger in a large bowl. (Mixture will be soft) Refrigerate 2 hours.

Preheat oven to 375°. Roll dough in 1/4 in. thickness on a lightly floured surface. Cut out gingerbread man cookie cutter. Place on ungreased cookie sheet 3 inches apart. Decorate with raisins. Bake 8 to 10 minutes or until edges start to brown. Remove immediately to cooling rack. Makes 12 to 14 six inch tall gingerbread men.

To make holes for a hanging cookie ornament, push straw or meat skewer in top section of cookie before baking.
Recipe from a Cookie Collection Cookbook

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