Gingerbread Men Cookies

These Gingerbread Men Cookies are as cute as can be. If desired, decorate with raisins, currants or cinnamon red hot candies for eyes and buttons. Or, pipe untinted or Colorful Royal Icing onto cookies.

Serves: Makes 2 dozen or 24 (1 cookie) servings.
20 mins Prep time 8 mins Cook time
20 mins Prep time
8 mins Cook time
  • Mix flour, ginger, cinnamon, baking soda, nutmeg and salt in large bowl. Set aside. Beat butter and brown sugar in large bowl with electric mixer on medium speed until light and fluffy. Add molasses, egg and vanilla; mix well. Gradually beat in flour mixture on low speed until well mixed. Press dough into a thick flat disk. Wrap in plastic wrap. Refrigerate 4 hours or overnight.

  • Preheat oven to 350°F. Roll out dough to 1/4-inch thickness on lightly floured work surface. Cut into gingerbread men shapes with 5-inch cookie cutter. Place 1 inch apart on ungreased baking sheets.

  • Bake 8 to 10 minutes or until edges of cookies are set and just begin to brown. Cool on baking sheets 1 to 2 minutes. Remove to wire racks; cool completely. Decorate cooled cookies as desired. Store cookies in airtight container up to 5 days.

Cooking tip

To dress up Gingerbread Cookie for the holidays, decorate with Colorful Royal Icing.

Use this Gingerbread cookie dough to make these variations: White Chocolate Kissed Gingerbread Cookies, Gingerbread Whoopie Pies with Lemon Creme, Caramel Pecan Gingerbread Thumbprints and Almond Gingerbread Cookies.

Nutrition information

(Amount per serving)

  • 158Calories: 158Cholesterol: 24mg
  • Sodium: 128mgProtein: 2g
  • Total Fat: 6gSaturated Fat: 4g
  • Fiber: 0gCarbohydrate: 24g

Ratings & Reviews: 13

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  • Jen on 12/24/2013

    I disagree with the "gooey" consistency. You have to follow the recipe exactly and refrigerate for time stated minimum of 4 hours. They came out perfect! I am so glad I found this recipe this will be our new family tradition to make these McCormick Gingerbread cookies for Christmas because both the kids and adults devoured every single cookie! It actually brought my family together because now everyone wants to know how to make them and we all got together to make them for the first time ever this year!

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  • Adrienne on 03/28/2013

    This is a great recipe for gingerbread you will actually want to eat. Makes perfect soft cookies (not suitable for building houses though).

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  • Paula V. on 12/16/2014

    I made these Gingerbread Men cookies for the first time and they turned out great and everyone loved them at my work's cookie exchange. The only hint I would give is to divide the dough into 3 disks before you put in fridge. It makes it easier to roll out!

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  • Paula on 12/21/2015

    This is the best gingerbread!

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  • Julie W. on 12/12/2015

    Very tasty! I am actually finishing up right now. Using very small cutters so the first few batches came out fat/puffy and slightly unrecognizable. The more the dough got to room temp the better the cookies turned out. Dough was great to work with. Next time bigger cutters. This was my first time making gingerbread cookies.

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  • Mary on 10/24/2015

    5 stars! I'll never make gingerbread men using any other recipe! My family is craving them and has been asking for them since last Christmas.

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  • Mike on 12/18/2014

    Wonderful recipe!

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  • Jennifer on 12/15/2014

    Very tasty gingerbread men recipe that was easy to make!

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  • Karen S. on 12/10/2014

    These were so easy to make and they are delicious ! Thanks McCormick

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  • Patty on 12/05/2014

    This is by far the best gingerbread men cookie recipe I have found or used! Love it!!!!

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  • Kallie on 12/09/2013

    Made for the first time last Christmas and it was the first recipe my sons pulled out this year. Of course, they had to throw in "don't use the glittery frosting this year though."

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  • Tameka on 09/18/2013

    This recipe is absolutely delicious! The only reason why I gave it 4 instead of 5 stars is because the dough is very wet & gooey. It is almost impossible to even form into a disc in order to wrap in refrigerate it. You definitely need to add 1/8 to 1/4 cup more flour to it to make it manageable but it's definitely worth it.

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  • Cheryl H. on 12/21/2013

    Very disappointed in this recipe. I make gingerbread men every year, but lost my recipe and tried this one. Once all ingredients were mixed it was the consistency of soup. I took advice in another review and added more flour. Once chilled overnight, I rolled out the dough and had less than 5 minutes to cut out shapes before it turned too soft and dough had to be chilled again before it could be worked with. I gave this recipe 1 star because the dough smells good, though I haven't eaten one of the cookies yet. They bake as very blonde looking cookies--not rich & dark like my lost recipe. :(

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