Gingerbread Men Cookie Recipe - Piper Cooks

Gingerbread Men Cookie Recipe

Gingerbread Men

Gingerbread Men Cookies | PiperCooks



I just love this time of year. And these little gingerbread people cookies. They are so cute. You can use this dough recipe to cut any shape you like. Little deer would be so cute! Or sweaters like my sister recently did for a DIY ugly Christmas sweater get together!


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This Gingerbread Cookie Dough is pretty easy, just don’t skip the fridge time – it helps them keep their shape by keeping the butter cold. Skipping the chilling time will cause the butter to be too warm and as a result your cookies will spread too much.


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The royal icing recipe is pretty easy as well. Just add all of the icing ingredients to the bowl of a standing mixer (alternatively you can make it with a hand mixer) and beat until stiff peaks form. If your icing is too thin, add more powdered sugar, a little at a time, and mix. If its too thick, add more water, a teaspoon at a time and mix. A thicker icing will be perfect for the decorations in the above photos and for outlining cookies. Make the rest of the icing just a little thinner to then flood the inside of the cookies if you want the whole cookie covered.

For a DIY ugly Christmas sweater cookie bar, make a few different colors of this icing recipe by adding some food coloring gel until you get the color you like. Just make sure to keep the icing covered with plastic wrap if it’s in a bowl. If it’s in a piping bag, wrap a wet paper towel around the piping tip, and then cover with some plastic wrap. This icing dries quickly to a hard shell! Also, be sure to press any sequins or sprinkles into the icing immediately after adding the icing to your cookie.



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Gingerbread Men Cookies | PiperCooks

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Gingerbread Men Cookies | PiperCooks

Gingerbread Men Cookies

Gingerbread cookies for your holiday parties. Use any cookie shape you prefer.


Gingerbread Men Cookies

  • 1/2 cup butter room temperature (227g)
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup molasses
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour 360g
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon allspice

Small Batch Royal Icing

  • 2 tablespoons meringue powder
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1/2 pound powdered sugar
  • drizzle white corn syrup


Gingerbread Men Cookies

  1. Cream together the butter and sugar until fluffy (about 5 min).
  2. Add molasses, egg and vanilla. Mix again.
  3. In a medium bowl mix together dry ingredients, then add to wet ingredients and mix until just combined.
  4. Wrap the dough in plastic wrap and chill for an hour or two.
  5. When ready to make cookies, preheat oven to 350°F.
  6. Lightly flour your counter, then roll out dough to about a quarter inch thick, then cut out shapes with a light floured cookie cutter. Lightly brush off any extra flour with a pastry brush.
  7. Place cookies an inch apart on a baking sheet prepared with a silicone mat or parchment paper (I use a silicone mat). Bake for about 8 minutes or until cooked. (Ovens vary)
  8. With a 3 inch cutter I got 30 cookies.
  9. Let cookies cool then decorate as you prefer. Enjoy!

Small Batch Royal Icing

  1. Combine all ingredients together in stand mixer bowl.

  2. Beat on medium low for about 5-10 minutes, or until stiff peaks form.  Cover immediately with plastic wrap until you are ready to use it.

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