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The Best Gingerbread Men Cookies

Chewy, tasty ginger-flavored cut-out cookies. 

Course Dessert
Prep Time 40 minutes
Cook Time 7 minutes
Total Time 47 minutes
Servings 15
Calories 126 kcal

Ingredients

  • 6 tbsp brown sugar
  • 1 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1 1/2 tsp ground ginger
  • 1/4 tsp ground cloves
  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 tsp baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 6 tbsp molasses
  • 1 1/2 tbsp milk
  • 6 tbsp unsalted butter cubed and slightly softened

for the royal icing

  • 2 egg whites
  • 2/3 lb powdered sugar
  • 1/2 tsp fresh lemon juice

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 375°F. Mix sugar and spices in a food processor or stand-up mixer. Add in flour, baking soda, and salt - mix.
  2. Add in molasses and mix on medium speed. Then add in milk. Add the butter cubes, and mix until dough starts clumping together and away from the sides of the bowl.
  3. Create a compact ball out of the cookie dough and flatten out into a disc shape. Wrap the dough in parchment paper and freeze for 20 minutes.
  4. Roll out dough on a floured surface with a floured rolling pin. Roll out to 1/4 inch thickness for chewy cookies, and 1/8 inch thickness for crispy cookies. Use cookie cutters to create gingerbread men.
  5. Bake cookies on a baking sheet fitted with parchment paper for 7 minutes for chewy cookies. For crispier cookies, bake a couple minutes longer. Rotate pan halfway through baking to make sure all the cookies evenly bake. Allow cookies to cool on baking sheet for a couple minute before moving them to a cooling rack to completely cool.
  6. For the royal icing, whisk the egg whites, lemon juice, and powdered sugar together, stopping the mixer to scrape the powdered sugar off the sides of the bowl. Whiski again on medium-high speed until icing is thick and stiff.
  7. Use a pastry bag with a fine tip to pipe icing onto gingerbread men.

Recipe Notes

Icing recipe adapted from The Pioneer Woman