Gingerbread Men

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Gingerbread CookiesGrowing up, gingerbread men cookies were something we occasionally bought at a bakery, but never made at home. Perhaps it’s because they’re associated with Christmas, and well, being Jewish, we don’t celebrate Christmas, or maybe it’s just because my mom was not much a cut out cookie kind of person. (Except for a sugar cookie recipe that I must copy next time I’m in town, that I believe came from Aunt Helen–she of mandelbrot fame.)

Anyway, on to the cookie. The original recipe calls for margarine, which I never have in my house, so I used butter. Also, I swapped out half of the regular sugar for brown sugar as I wanted a slightly chewier cookie, and I’m happy with the texture. And although the title of the original recipe calls them spicy, they aren’t. In fact, they’re just right and oh so delicious!

If you’re looking for photos of the process, sorry, there aren’t any. This recipe has molasses in it, and as we know, I hate the smell of molasses and had to work super fast and not take pictures as to not gag for longer than I had to. Seriously, it’s that gross.

1/2 cup butter
1/4 cup sugar
1/4 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup molasses
1 egg yolk
2 cups sifted all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon ground cloves
1 teaspoon ginger
1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg


  1. In a large bowl, cream together the butter and sugars until smooth. Stir in molasses and egg yolk. Combine the flour, salt, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon, cloves, ginger, and nutmeg; blend into the molasses mixture until smooth. Cover, and chill for at least one hour.
  2. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). On a lightly floured surface, roll the dough out to 1/4 inch thickness. Cut into desired shapes with cookie cutters. Place cookies 2 inches apart on ungreased cookie sheets. (Mine barely spread so I think 2 inches is very generous.)
  3. Bake for 8 to 10 minutes in the preheated oven, until firm. Remove from cookie sheets to cool on wire racks. Frost or decorate when cool.

Recipe adapted from


10 Responses to “Gingerbread Men”

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    susan on 2 December 14th, 2008 7:18 am

    I love your gingerbread men-
    I want to make them in the worst way and no one in my house likes gingerbread!
    I cant afford to eat them all myself:(

    LA Lola on 3 December 15th, 2008 1:30 am

    Now I’m curious to know what molasses smells like. I always imagined it to be sweet smelling, like syrup. But I guess not…

    misao on 4 December 15th, 2008 5:00 pm

    whenever a dessert recipe calls for sugar AND molasses, i try to substitute them with muscovado sugar instead.

    paula on 5 December 16th, 2008 5:11 am

    I just made gingerbread over the weekend but I used a recipe that used butterscotch pudding instead of molasses and they were great. I didn’t think my son would like traditional spicy gingerbread (and well, it’s not my favorite either).

    Kristin A on 6 December 16th, 2008 4:38 pm

    I hate the smell of molasses too! and the taste by itself. but i dont mind it in cookies, cakes, etc.

    giz on 7 December 18th, 2008 9:53 pm

    Given how much you hate molasses, I’m amazed you were able to muster smiles on those faces :). I love making gingerbread people – just because they’re fun.

    Gigi on 8 December 26th, 2008 3:21 pm

    Cute gingerbread men! Happy New Year!

    Sharona May on 9 December 31st, 2008 4:34 pm

    Yipee for the Gingerbread Men. I love them because they are so cute. I made them as well this year. Fun!

    Steve on 10 January 15th, 2010 1:28 pm

    @LA Lola – Its has a burned kind of smell. You either like it or not, theres no in between šŸ™‚ Its very sweet but it has a burned caramel taste, but its unique.