Classic Gingerbread Men

This molasses-and-spice cutout cookie recipe is a definite kid-favorite during the holiday season.

Classic Gingerbread Men
Yield: about 3-1/2 dozen Prep 15 mins Chill 2 hrs Bake 350°F 11 mins


  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, softened
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1/4 cup light molasses
  • 2 1/3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 tablespoon cocoa powder
  • 3/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 tablespoon ground ginger
  • 1 teaspoon ground white pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • Royal Icing (see recipe on

Make It

1. Beat butter and sugar. Beat in egg and molasses. Combine flour, cocoa, baking soda, ginger, pepper and cinnamon in another bowl. Stir into butter mixture. Divide dough into 2 halves. Wrap; chill 2 hours.

2. Heat oven to 350 degrees F. Roll half of dough on a floured surface to 1/8 inch thick. Cut shapes with a 3-inch cutter; transfer to ungreased baking sheets. Reroll scraps; cut. Repeat with remaining dough.

3. Bake at 350 degrees F for 11 minutes. Transfer cookies to racks to cool. Decorate with Royal Icing; do not thin with extra water.

Nutrition Facts

Amount Per Serving: cal. (kcal): 77, Fat, total (g): 2, sat. fat (g): 1, carb. (g): 13, Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.