5 from 2 votes
Gingerbread cookies decorated as gingerbread men with white frosting and colored gumdrops.
Gingerbread Man Cookies
Prep Time
25 mins
Cook Time
10 mins
2 hrs
Total Time
35 mins

Gingerbread Man Cookies are my favorite Christmas treat to decorate with my kids.   These soft gingerbread cookies are perfect for preschool or kindergarten Christmas parties, and they taste delicious!

Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Servings: 24 (depending on size of cookie cutter)
Calories: 166 kcal
Author: Lauren Allen
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 cup dark brown sugar , packed
  • 3/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 Tablespoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 Tablespoon ground ginger
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 12 Tablespoons butter , room temperature, cut into 12 pieces
  • 3/4 cup molasses (dark molasses)
  • 2 Tablespoons milk
  1. Add flour, brown sugar, baking soda, cinnamon, ginger, cloves and salt to a mixing bowl and mix.

  2. Add the butter pieces and use a pastry blender to cut the butter in until the mixture resembles fine meal.

  3. With a mixer running on low speed gradually add the molasses and milk and mix until combined, about 30 seconds.

  4. Divide the dough in half, forming each into a ball. Wrap each in plastic wrap and refrigerate for 2 hours or overnight, or place in the freezer for about 20 minutes, until firm, if you’re in a hurry.

  5. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper.

  6. Remove one dough sheet from the fridge/freezer and place on the counter. Roll out the dough (use a little flour on your rolling pin if needed), until it’s about ½ inch thick. Cut gingerbread men and place them on prepared baking sheets.

  7. Refrigerate the gingerbread men for 5 minutes (meanwhile you can roll out the other dough ball).

  8. Bake the cookies until set in the centers and the dough barely retains and imprint when touched very gently with fingertip, 8 to 11 minutes (depending on the size of your cookie cutter). Do not overbake!!

  9. Remove the cookies to a wire rack. Allow to cool to room temperature before frosting.

  10. Store gingerbread cookies in an airtight container with parchment paper between the layers. Freeze for up to 3 months.

Recipe Notes

Adapted from The New Best Recipe Cookbook by ATK

Nutrition Facts
Gingerbread Man Cookies
Amount Per Serving
Calories 166 Calories from Fat 45
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 5g 8%
Saturated Fat 3g 15%
Cholesterol 15mg 5%
Sodium 139mg 6%
Potassium 186mg 5%
Total Carbohydrates 27g 9%
Sugars 14g
Protein 1g 2%
Vitamin A 3.5%
Calcium 3.6%
Iron 7.4%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.