I’ve got a confession. Ever since I got back from Utah last week, I’ve been a major Grinch. I just have NOT been able to get excited about Christmas. I’ve been tired and stressed and trying to fit an extra 5 hours of stuff into each day. Top that off with my hubby’s car dying and accidentally missing my preschooler’s Christmas party my cat breaking my favorite Christmas tree ornament and the bronchitis I caught 3 weeks ago being “enhanced” by our live Christmas tree and, you know, I’m just grumpy.

Well, I had something else planned for today, but I’ve decided to post gingerbread cookies instead for two reasons: 1) We’ve been getting tons of requests for gingerbread cookies and 2) I needed something to bring me out of this funk. What better to lift one’s grinchy spirits than sweet little men you can eat?!
Gingerbread Cookies

1/2 c. butter
1/2 c. sugar
1/2 c. molasses
1 egg yolk
2 c. flour
1/2 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. baking soda
1/2 tsp. cinnamon
1 tsp. cloves
1 tsp. ginger
1/2 tsp. nutmeg

Cream butter and sugar. Add molasses and egg yolk. In a medium bowl, combine remaining ingredients. Add flour mixture to butter mixture. Chill for at least an hour. It’s a fairly sticky dough so you might need to chill it a little longer.

Preheat oven to 350. Roll dough to 1/4″ thick and cut with cookie cutters. Place cookies 2″ apart on a baking sheet. Bake 8-10 minutes. If you bake them on the short end they will stay soft and chewy and if you bake them on the longer end they will be nice and crispy. They’re great either way!

Allow to cool about 5 minutes on pan and then transfer to wire rack and cool completely. Once they’re cooled you can decorate your heart out. Glace icing would be fun on these little guys.



  1. 1
    Teresa says:

    So delighted you just posted this gingerbread man recipe…
    it is JUST what I need!
    Hugs and Thanks!

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    slugolicious says:

    any comments on the beaterblade? some of the reviewers on amazon.com are disappointed because the blade is plastic instead of die-cast. the blade has a 1 year warranty but it's too soon to tell whether that will be needed.

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    Sarah says:

    I love my beater blade, however I read recently in Cooks Illustrated that Kitchenaid will void an warranties that you have on you mixer if you use it. I guess the friction that the blade causes on the sides of the bowl can strain the motor. That being said, I still use mine and haven't had any problems.

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    Jen says:

    I was planning on making gingerbread men tonight! What great timing. Love the little frowny face guy – that's kind of how I feel right now too.

    The Beater Blade looks interesting. I'm too cheap to spend $25 on it, when I think my standard one works pretty good.

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    Jeni says:

    Aaron and I were just discussing how neither of us like gingerbread. But we also realized that neither of us had had homemade gingerbread, so we couldn't completely rule it out yet. And Viola! You post a recipe. Maybe you could bring us a sample:)

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    Kate @ Our Best Bites says:

    Jeni, I totally would except that I found the cat asleep on them this morning. "That darn cat" are not exactly the words I'm thinking of right now.

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    Leigh Ann says:

    I LOVE the beater blade! I got it for Christmas two years ago and I don't ever use the regular paddle attachment anymore. It's totally worth the money.

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    leslie the licorice stick lady says:

    I love making gingerbread cookies at this time of year. Although, I also have to say it's been hard to get in the Christmas Spirit for me this year too, but I'm tryin! Thanks so much for the beater blade advertisement! I was looking for something to give my sister-in-law this year. I knew she had a Kitchen-Aid so this was perfect! I ordered one from Amazon as soon as I read your post. LOL!

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    Chic Cookies says:

    These are just so perfectly cute!

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    Deb says:

    Can completely relate with the funk (except sinusitis has been going on for 6 wks–just can't shake it). Hope the gingerbread cookies helped your funk…they put a smile on my face.

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    lahmode says:

    Aw I'm so sorry that you're having a bad few days before christmas. But really try to enjoy the season – it only comes around once a year! These things happen, but everything is going to be alright.

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    jmommy08 says:

    A few years ago I wanted to make gingerbread – but I couldn't afford the allspice or whatever needed to go in the recipe I found. I picked up a roll of pillsbury gingerbread – never again! It was terrible and turned me off to gingerbread totally. I think I might be ready to jump back on the horse though – your little guys look SOOO yummy!

    PS LOVE THE BEATER BLADE! Wish I had a standing mixer to put it in!

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    Scott and Em Hoffman says:

    Love the frowny gingerbread man! Hope you get out of your funk! We just made gingerbread men, it was fun, my kiddos had a blast!

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    LollyChops says:

    I'll add these to my Christmas cookies list and I HATE that black hole in the bottom of my mixer! That blade looks pretty sweet!

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    torri says:

    Aw man! I was searching your website yesterday or a gingerbread recipe and finally just tried some random one I found somewhere else that looked easy…I wish I would have waited one day! :)

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    Rooster Inn Primitives says:

    The cookies look so good. Can't wait to try them out. I sure hope you get out of your funk soon. Seems like when one thing goes wrong everything does.

    don't eat all of them yourself. LOL


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    Derek and Mary says:

    I love the smell of gingerbread! Our tree this year is very old fashioned with popcorn and cranberry garland with gingerbread men for ornaments. My house always smells so yummy!

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    Dave says:

    Sad Gingerbread Man recognizes his fate is unavoidable.

    That's hilarious.

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    Heidi says:

    I made these today with my daycare kids and they were a huge hit. The spices were just right.

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    erik says:

    My kids and I love making gingerbread cookies before Christmas! They love it!
    cabin design

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    Lauren says:

    lol @ Dave's comment. xD

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    CrAzY JaY says:

    Do you know if the recipe doubles nicely?

  23. 23
    Kate @ Our Best Bites says:

    Crazy Jay–I've never tried doubling, but I imagine it would double really well.

  24. 24
    CrAzY JaY says:

    Thanks, Kate for the super quick reply! One more way you are amazing!…One more thing, I was just looking at the chewy choc chip cookie recipe and am truly intrigued. I think I might have to try these, especially since Santa told my son that his fav is Choc chip!

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    CrAzY JaY says:

    Yes, me again… do you know if these freeze well?

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    Kate @ Our Best Bites says:

    Aw, thanks, Jay! :) And yes, they definitely freeze well. And good for Santa, telling you his favorite cookies. It's very important that Santa gets the cookies he wants on Christmas Eve… :)

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    Tyler says:

    This is my first time making gingerbread cookies… any tips/tricks I need to know about before doing it? btw… I like them on the softer side :) and am super excited to try this out

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    Jessica says:

    Before I even got all the way through this post I went to amazon.com and ordered one of those beater blades! I use my Kitchen Aid all the time and HATE stopping to scrape the bowl. I am so glad to have found something to help…hooray!!

    P.S. Cute gingerbread guys!

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    Kate @ Our Best Bites says:

    Tyler–If you like them softer, roll them no thinner than 1/4" and keep the baking on the short side of things. Also, be sure and chill the dough really well. To make life REALLY easy, when you've made your dough, lay a sheet of plastic wrap on your counter and lightly flour it. Roll the dough out onto the plastic wrap and then refrigerate it that way so you don't have to try and roll it when it's cold and hard.

    Hope that helps! Good luck and let us know how they turn out! :)

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    Alisha says:

    love the recipe, my kids loved helping!! thanks, do you think this recipe would work for houses if i cooked them awhile longer for a harder cookie?

  31. 31
    Kate @ Our Best Bites says:

    Alisha, I totally imagine that you could. Don't take my total word for it because each and every gingerbread house I've ever made has ended disastrously, but I also overbaked some of my cookies the other day and they were break-your-teeth hard, so I bet it would totally work! If you do it, you'd better send us some pictures!!! :)

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    sarahe says:

    i asked for one of those beater blades for christmas! i think it's be best invention EVER

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    Plain Jame says:

    those look delish! what a great idea about rolling it out first and then chilling it after!
    I just found the beater blade on ebay for $22.99 with free shipping (for my kitchenaid tilt-head.) I think I may give it a shot!

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    Lindsay says:

    These are seriously the yummiest gingerbread men i have ever tasted! YUMMMM :)

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    aryanna_alex says:

    these are perfect for my son's class christmas party .Only 1 Question how many cookies does this recipe make ?

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    vthib says:

    I am going to try your gingerbread recipe…ooooh, can't wait for the smell! I already broke one BeaterBlade but I bought another one. I still like it…I think I was making a double batch of chocolate chip cookies.

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    Kate @ Our Best Bites says:

    aryanna–It's tough to say just because every cookie cutter is a different size and everyone rolls their dough to a different thickness. But this is a small recipe–I'd say, on average, I get about 12-18 cookies, so if you need more than that, I'd definitely double it.

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    Crissie says:

    I made gingerbread cookies a couple of years ago, and they turned out a awful. I vowed to just stick with sugar cookies from then on, but after seeing your recipe I thought I'd give it another try. They were perfect and SO yummy!! Baking them for 9 minutes made them crispy on the outside and chewy on the inside. Thanks for renewing my faith in gingerbread cookies. :)

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    jmommy08 says:

    When I was little my family used to go to Kitchen Kettle Village in Lancaster, PA. They had a gingerbread decorating station there for kids and my sister and I would get to decorate a gingerbread cookie. They were SO yummy – and these cookies taste JUST like that! Thank you for a fantastic recipe and a new tradition for my family!

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    Aleigha says:

    Thank you, thank you!!! Thrifty NW Mom just posted this, and I instantly fell in love with all your ideas! I can't wait to try these. My 5 year old says it's not Christmas without "gingermen". Our last batch was so pasty and bland. After a not so fun week, that set me over the top, and sure put me in a funk of my own. I think I'll use the rest of that dough for ornaments 😉 I can tell by looking at your recipe, where ours went wrong, and that this is exactly what I'm looking for! I saw Crissie's comment that they were crispy on the outside and soft in the middle. YAY!!! Thanks for getting me back in the Christmas spirit! I hope things turned around for you, and that you're feeling a bit more cheery :)

  41. 41
    Aleigha says:

    Thank you, thank you!!! Thrifty NW Mom just posted this, and I instantly fell in love with all your ideas! I can't wait to try these. My 5 year old says it's not Christmas without "gingermen". Our last batch was so pasty and bland. After a not so fun week, that set me over the top, and sure put me in a funk of my own. I think I'll use the rest of that dough for ornaments 😉 I can tell by looking at your recipe, where ours went wrong, and that this is exactly what I'm looking for! I saw Crissie's comment that they were crispy on the outside and soft in the middle. YAY!!! Thanks for getting me back in the Christmas spirit! I hope things turned around for you, and that you're feeling a bit more cheery :)

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    Amelia Harris says:

    I have a question and I tried reading through all the comments in case someone else asked it already but didn't see anything so I apologize in advance if you have… Can you freeze this cookie dough and make them at a later date?

  43. 43
    Kate @ Our Best Bites says:

    Amelia–Yep, totally freezeable! I'd recommend either carefully rolling out the dough on a sheet of plastic wrap and then placing another sheet of plastic wrap on top of it. Freeze it that way and then let it stand on the counter for 30-45 minutes before cutting shapes OR chilling, cutting shapes, and then freezing the cut shapes and baking from frozen.

    Hope that helps! :)

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    momsnetwork says:

    Delicious!!! We made these for our holiday plates this year and they were a hit. I love the butterscotch and gingerbread together. I will definitely be making these again!

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    Monique says:

    I live in high altitude do you know how I would alter the recipe?

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    Meig says:

    How many cookies (approx) does this recipe make??

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    Yuki says:

    Made these cookies for the first time using this recipe minus the nutmeg because I didn’t have any and they’re absolutely perfect! Thanks a bunch!

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    jodi says:

    I made these last Christmas and this year twice already. My kids love this recipe!

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    Dominic Palm says:

    I was wondering… In the future, could you possibly make a tutorial for how to make and decorate gingerbread houses? I’d love to learn how :)

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  51. 51
    Linda says:

    I made these gingerbread cookies today. I have to say… 2 c flour is not enough. When rolling out, I found myself adding more and more flour because of how sticky it was. I left it in the fridge to chill overnight when I made them 2 weeks ago. I thought that maybe I left them in the fridge too long so this timeI only left it in for 1 hour like it says in the directions. Other gingerbread recipes call for a lot more flour. What do I do??

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    Sharon says:

    The BEST Gingerbread EVER!!! We loved it. The cookies were soft and just melted in our mouth. They were perfect. Thank you!!

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