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Gingerbread Man Cookie

Gingerbread Man Cookie is a cut-out cookie full of ginger, cinnamon, and molasses flavor, decorated as creatively as you like!
Prep Time20 mins
Cook Time10 mins
Chill4 hrs
Total Time4 hrs 30 mins
Course: Dessert, Snack
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Gingerbread Man Cookie
Servings: 24 cookies
Calories: 164kcal
Author: Amanda Rettke--iambaker.net


  • 3 cups (375g) all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons ground ginger
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • ½ teaspoon ground cloves
  • ¼ teaspoon kosher salt
  • ¾ cup (170g) butter, softened
  • 1 cup (200g) brown sugar
  • 1 large egg, room temperature
  • ½ cup (168.5g) molasses


  • In a sifter, add the flour, ginger, baking soda, cinnamon, cloves, and salt. Sift into a bowl and set aside.
  • In a large bowl, using a hand mixer, cream the butter and brown sugar until light and fluffy, being careful not to overmix.
  • Beat in the egg. Then, stir in the molasses.
  • Slowly add the sifted ingredients to the molasses mixture.
  • Press the dough into a disc and wrap it tightly with plastic wrap. Chill dough in the refrigerator for 4 hours, or up to overnight. (If you do chill the dough overnight, you may have to set the dough out for 30 minutes before rolling it out. You may also have to add a teaspoon of water to the dough if it looks too dry or crumbly.)
  • When ready, preheat the oven to 350°F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  • Roll out the dough to 1/4-inch thickness on a lightly floured surface.
  • Use a 3-inch gingerbread man cookie cutter to cut out shapes.
  • Place on the lined baking sheet, leaving about 1-inch between each cookie.
  • Bake 8-10 minutes, or just until browned (but not cracked).
  • Let cool completely before decorating.


Calories: 164kcal