…perfectly spiced with cinnamon, ginger, and molasses.

No matter the shape or size, every gingerbread cookie is beautiful; with the right recipe

These easy holiday cookies are perfectly spiced with cinnamon, ginger, and molasses. Their spice, their molasses flavor, their SMILES, and their charm are obviously irresistible. Gingerbread cookies, you have my heart.

You’ll love these easy, festive gingerbread men loaded with warm winter spices and sort of charm; just like me. The dough bakes to a spicy, soft cookie that creates a mesmerizing aroma in your kitchen. Plus, these little fellas are just as delicious as they are cute to look at! Grab your most festive ribbon, whip up a batch this weekend to get in the holiday spirit, and sneak a batch over to someone on Santa’s “nice” list — or “naughty” because who hasn’t snuck a pre-dinner cookie before am I right?

Gingerbread cookie down! They didn’t even get their gum drop buttons!

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Gingerbread Man Ornament Cookies

Gingerbread Man Ornament Cookies

Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Additional Time: 40 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour


  • 3 cups flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon ginger
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 stick butter at room temperature
  • 1/4 cup shortening
  • 1/2 dark brown sugar
  • 2/3 cup molasses
  • 1 egg at room temperature
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon allspice
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 5 egg whites
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
  • 4 cups powdered sugar, sifted
  • 1/8 teaspoon lemon juice **optional**


  1. In a mixing bowl, whisk together your flour, baking soda, ginger, cinnamon, allspice, cloves, and salt. Set aside.
  2. In a larger mixing bowl, beat your butter, shortening, and brown sugar on a high speed until light and fluffy.
  3. Follow mixing by adding in molasses and 1 egg white and switching to a medium speed to beat in until smooth.
  4. Switch your mixing to a low speed and beat in the dry mixture, combining until fully combined.
  5. Wrap your gingerbread cookie dough in plastic wrap and allow to chill until fully firm. I usually allow my cookie dough for gingerbread cookies to chill in the fridge for about 5 hours.
  6. When you're ready to bake your cookies, preheat your oven to 350 degrees.
  7. On a lightly flour dusted surface, roll out your dough to about an inch thick.
  8. With your cookie cutters, gently rubbed with shortening to prevent sticking, stamp out gingerbread cookies as close together as possible and transfer to your parchment lined cookie sheet.
  9. Using a piping tip, or what you have handy, punch a pea size hole about a 1/2 inch from the top of the gingerbread man head.
  10. Move your cookie sheets to the oven and allow your gingerbread cookies to bake for 15 minutes or until the edges are lightly browned.
  11. Once your cookies have baked, remove from oven and allow to cool on your cookie sheets for about 10 minutes.
  12. Decorate with your preferred icing, such as royal icing (see below), if you would like to (makes a fun holiday activity).
  13. String a decorative ribbon through your punched out hole and place onto your tree. Or dunk them in your coffee like I do!

Royal Icing

  1. In a mixing bowl, whisk your egg whites and vanilla until frothy.
  2. Add in your sifted powdered sugar, 1/4 cup at a time, mixing well after each addition until you have your desired consistency.
  3. In the middle of adding your powdered sugar, add in a few drops of lemon juice to really brighten your royal icing.


  • Room Temperature Ingredients: Be sure to allow your dairy ingredients to reach room temperature. Room temperature ingredients not only combine more effortlessly (no over-mixing needed) but they also trap air so much better. This trap air will expand and produce a fluffy texture during your baking process.
  • Prepared Pan: There will always be the "next best way to prepare your pan" article. Simply put however, the most effective way i find in my kitchen is a light rub of shortening around the sides, parchment paper on the bottom of the pan (for majority of baking pans), & a very light dusting of flour (cocoa powder for chocolate baked goods) all throughout.
  • Chill the dough: The dough is sticky once it’s all beaten together in your mixing bowl and so it is really best to have your dough chilled for at least 3 hours. Give yourself enough time in the kitchen or make the cookie dough and chill it overnight. You want your cookie dough firm so the cookies hold their shape and you want your cookie dough manageable so you can work with it. You won’t have either unless you have chilled cookie dough.

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Posted by Man Cake on Wednesday, July 10, 2019

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