Baking: Cakes, Cookies, Muffins: Gingerbread Men

Liven up the holiday season and your gift baskets with these cute, yummy cookies.

Author: Wisconsin Milk Marketing Board -
Date: December 26, 2012

Suggestions: For fun and variety, make various people-shaped cookies (cookie cutters can often be found in specialty shops).

Holiday ideas: Serve them at a holiday gathering, wrap them up for holiday gifts, and/or add them to the Christmas tree as decorations.

Serves: 30 person(s)
Yield: 30 x cookies (2-1/2 dozen)

Preparation Time: 45 mins
Cooking Time: 10 mins
Extra Time: 1 hrs - 2 hrs (for refrigeration)


    3 1/4 cup flour
    1 tsp ground ginger
    1 tsp baking soda
    1/4 tsp salt
    1 tsp ground cinnamon
    2 tsp ground cloves
    1 cup buttery spread (such as Smart Balance) *
    3/4 cup dark brown sugar
    1 large egg
    1/2 cup molasses
    1 cup powdered sugar, divided
    2 Tbsp skim milk


    In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, ginger, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, and cloves. Set aside.

    In a mixing bowl, cream butter and sugar. Scrape bowl, add egg and molasses, and beat until smooth. Scrape down bowl and add reserved flour mixture. Blend on low speed until just combined. Do not over-mix.

    Separate dough into 3 balls and flatten into disks. Place each
    disk in a re-sealable plastic bag and remove excess air. Refrigerate 1 to 2 hours.

    After refrigeration, preheat oven to 350°F.

    On a floured surface, roll dough out to 1/4-inch thickness. Flour gingerbread cookie cutter(s) and cut out dough with cutter(s). Place on a greased baking sheet about 1/2-inch apart. Gather scraps and re-roll dough until all is used. Bake 9 to 11 minutes in preheated oven. Transfer to a flat surface and cool.

    In a small bowl, combine powdered sugar and milk until smooth. Spoon icing into a pastry bag with a small round tip and decorate cookies as desired.


    * Original recipe calls for 1 cup butter (butter is not included in the nutritional analysis).

Nutritional Information
(Per Serving)

Calories:122 cals
Kilojoules:511 kJ
Fat:3.0 g
Carbohydrates:22.3 g
Protein:1.7 g
Cholesterol:7.0 mg
Sodium:116 mg
Saturated Fat:0.9 g
Fiber:0.5 g
Calcium:21.0 mg
Total Sugars:10.6 g

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