Old Fashioned Gingerbread Men

Welcome back to our 25 Days of Christmas celebration, where I’m bringing you some holly jolly Christmas fun leading up to the big holiday! Today is Day 9, and I’m sharing the recipe for some Old Fashioned Gingerbread Men! These are such a fab tradition for the holidays. Kids LOVE them, and they are great for little hands to help decorate. My boys usually eat more frosting than they get on the cookies, but it’s all part of the fun.

Old Fashioned Gingerbread Man Cookies | A Mother Thing

Here’s what you’ll need

Gingerbread Ingredients:

3 C flour
1  1/2  tsp baking powder
3/4 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp salt
1 TBSP ground ginger
1 3/4 tsp cinnamon
1/4 tsp ground cloves
6 TBSP unsalted butter, room temp
3/4 C brown sugar
1 egg. room temp
1/2 C molasses
2 tsp vanilla

Icing Ingredients:

4 egg whites
2 C powder sugar
1 tsp cream of tartar

Old Fashioned Gingerbread Man Cookies | A Mother Thing

Gingerbread  Cookie Directions:

Whisk together flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, ginger, cinnamon, and cloves until well blended.

Beat butter, brown sugar, and egg on medium speed until well blended.  Next add molasses, vanilla and continue to mix until well blended.

Gradually add then stir  in the dry ingredients until blended and smooth.

Divide dough in half and wrap them in cling wrap and let stand at room temperature for at least 2  hours. (If this is too sticky, put the dough into the refrigerator for an hour or two.)

Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Line the  cookie sheet  with parchment paper.

Put a half of the dough on a lightly floured cutting board. Sprinkle flour over dough and rolling pin. Roll dough to about 1/4-inch. Use additional flour to avoid sticking if necessary.

Cut out cookies with the gingerbread man. When putting the unbaked cookies on the cookie sheet make sure that they do not touch.

Bake for 7-10 minutes. Remove cookie sheet from oven allowing  the cookies to cool before moving to the wire rack.

Old Fashioned Gingerbread Man Cookies | A Mother Thing

Icing Directions:

Combine all ingredients in a mixing bowl mixing on medium speed for 4 minutes. (except your food coloring). If icing is  not stiff enough add 1/4 C powder sugar.

Spoon the icing into a piping bag with a #2 tips…. twist the open end of the bag to push the icing to the tip.

Decorate to your heart’s content. 

You can use various candies to help decorate, as well! Just make sure the kids don’t eat them all!

Old Fashioned Gingerbread Man Cookies | A Mother Thing

If you liked this post, please don’t forget to like and share it. And check back tomorrow to see what’s in store for Day 10!

Old Fashioned Gingerbread Men

Old Fashioned Gingerbread Men

Yield: 36 cookies
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Additional Time: 2 hours
Total Time: 2 hours 25 minutes

 A fab tradition for the holidays. Kids LOVE them, and they are great for little hands to help decorate. 

Ingredients

Gingerbread Ingredients:

  • 3 C flour
  • 1 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 3/4 tsp baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1 TBSP ground ginger
  • 1 3/4 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp ground cloves
  • 6 TBSP unsalted butter, room temp
  • 3/4 C brown sugar
  • 1 egg. room temp
  • 1/2 C molasses
  • 2 tsp vanilla

Icing Ingredients:

  • 4 egg whites
  • 2 C powder sugar
  • 1 tsp cream of tartar

Instructions

    Gingerbread  Cookie Directions:

  1. Whisk together flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, ginger, cinnamon, and cloves until well blended.
  2. Beat butter, brown sugar, and egg on medium speed until well blended.  Next add molasses, vanilla and continue to mix until well blended.
  3. Gradually add then stir in the dry ingredients until blended and smooth.
  4. Divide dough in half and wrap them in cling wrap and let stand at room temperature for at least 2  hours. (If this is too sticky, put the dough into the refrigerator for an hour or two.)
  5. Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Line the cookie sheet with parchment paper.
  6. Put half of the dough on a lightly floured cutting board. Sprinkle flour over dough and rolling pin. Roll dough to about 1/4-inch. Use additional flour to avoid sticking if necessary.
  7. Cut out cookies with the gingerbread man. When putting the unbaked cookies on the cookie sheet make sure that they do not touch.
  8. Bake for 7-10 minutes. Remove cookie sheet from oven allowing the cookies to cool before moving to the wire rack.

Icing Directions:

  1. Combine all ingredients in a mixing bowl mixing on medium speed for 4 minutes. (except your food coloring). If icing is not stiff enough add 1/4 C powder sugar.
  2. Spoon the icing into a piping bag with a #2 tips.... twist the open end of the bag to push the icing to the tip.
  3. Decorate to your heart's content. You can use various candies to help decorate, as well! Just make sure the kids don't eat them all!
Nutrition Information:
Yield: 36 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 131Total Fat: 2gSaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 1gCholesterol: 10mgSodium: 74mgCarbohydrates: 27gFiber: 0gSugar: 18gProtein: 2g
This nutrition information is automatically calculated and may not be entirely accurate. Please do your own research if you are overly concerned about specific macros.

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Katie Reed

Katie Reed

Katie Reed is a 38 year old mom blogger from Salt Lake City, UT. She is married to the man of her dreams and together they have four beautiful boys. Dexter is 9, Daniel is 7, Chester is 5 and Wilder is 2. She writes about living with mental health issues while navigating motherhood. Her blog focuses on tips and tricks for moms, information and parenting news, kid-friendly recipes and crafts. She loves to reflect on the humorous side of parenthood and shares the reality of her life, with a "warts and all" attitude.

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