This post was originally published in 2009.  Wow, I can’t believe it was so long ago!  Emma was only 1.  :) 

So I made the best ever Gingerbread Cookies for Thanksgiving! They turned out so good that my parents hid the leftover cookies afterward, hoping I would forget…

I was LUCKY. I used the first recipe I googled that looked halfway decent – I was going blind, lol. And the gingerbread men ended up being the best I’ve ever tasted! So on with the recipe, from McCormick – McCormick Gingerbread Men Cookies.

Step 1: This is very important – don your favorite cute apron! It makes baking so much more fun!


2. Get the following ingredients together:

3 cups flour
2 teaspoons
Ginger, Ground
1 teaspoon
Cinnamon, Ground
1 teaspoon baking soda

1/4 teaspoon
Nutmeg, Ground
1/4 teaspoon salt

3/4 cup (1 1/2 sticks) butter, softened

3/4 cup firmly packed brown sugar

1/2 cup molasses

1 egg

3. Mix the first six ingredients together in a bowl – flour, ginger, cinnamon, baking soda, nutmeg, and salt.
4. In a separate bowl, use an electric mixer to beat together the butter and the sugar – medium speed until light and fluffy. Mmm… you know you have to take a taste at this point. ;-)

5. Add molasses and egg, mix well.

6. Gradually beat in flour mixture on low speed.

7. Shape dough into a flat disc, wrap in plastic wrap, and refrigerate for four hours or overnight.

*Twiddle your thumbs, write a blog post, chase your children around*

8. When you’re ready to start making cookies, preheat oven to 350 degrees.

9. Roll out dough to 1/4 inch thickness on lightly floured surface and cut out dough into gingerbread men cookies.

10. Bake cookies at 350 degrees for 7-10 minutes (mine were perfect at 7 minutes) on ungreased cookie sheet.


Decorating Time!

Make yourself some quick and easy frosting with powdered sugar, milk, and vanilla – just add until it tastes good and has a good thickness for decorating. I spoon mine into resealable bags, cut a tiny hole in a corner, and squeeze the frosting out that way. It works really well! Just check out my lovely people…

I had a bag of red frosting, but after decorating one cookie decided… it just didn’t look… right.


Share your Thoughts!

Do you make Gingerbread cookies during the holidays?  They’re my favorite cookie ever!

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5 Responses to Recipe: The Best Gingerbread Cookie Men EVER

  • Thanks for posting!!! I followed your directions precisely, minus wearing my favorite cute apron (oops), hope they still turn out good! ; ) I have them sitting in the refrigerator as we speak and am hoping to take them out in a couple of hours and shape them into gingerbread men. Fingers crossed they turn out good and we can decorate them tomorrow!! :)

  • Yummy! I will have to try this recipe out!

  • One thing that looks really good with red frosting is dipping the cookies in white icing first as a background (really makes the red pop!). there are a few good examples on pinterest snowflake gingerbread cookies, sort of gives it a vintage norwegian flair ;) i’m currently waiting for my dough to sit so thought i would jot a comment down, thanks for the recipe post love :)

    • Thanks for sharing! That sounds like it would look a lot better. :) Enjoy the cookies! I made these again a week ago and they were a hit. :)

  • those would be cute with different decorations for thru out the year,,you could make then in to football or baseball players,etc

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