How to Cook Gingerbread Man Cookies

No baked goods quite say Christmas quite like the traditional Gingerbread Man! Kids love them, and we love them deep down as adults too! They seem a lot trickier to make than they actually are, so grab your kids and the necessary ingredients and spend a day doing some family cooking.

Gingerbread man cookies also make a great little present for your kid's friends. Have your kids decorate cookies differently for different friends, wrap them in cellophane and finish it off with a little ribbon. They can also make a custom cookie for their teacher or class!

This recipe should yield 16 5" Gingerbread Man cookies.

Gingerbread Man Cookie RecipeCookie Ingredients

* 3 1/4 cups sifted all-purpose flour
* 3/4 teaspoon baking soda
* 3/4 cup unsalted butter (room temperature, softened)
* 1/2 cup dark-brown sugar, packed
* 1 Tbsp ground ginger
* 1 Tbsp ground cinnamon
* 1/2 teaspoons ground cloves
* 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
* 1/4 teaspoon finely ground black pepper
* 1/2 teaspoon salt
* 1 large egg
* 1/2 cup unsulfured molasses
* Optional raisins, chocolate chips, candy pieces, frosting

Royal Icing Ingredients

* 1 egg white
* 1/2 teaspoon lemon juice
* 1 3/4 cup confectioner's sugar (powdered sugar)

Cookie Preparation:

In a bowl, sift together your flour, baking soda and spices.

In another bowl, using an electric mixer (with the paddle attachment), mix the butter until it is creamed.

Add sugar to the butter and beat until its nice and fluffy then mix in the eggs and molasses.

Slowly add the flour mixture to the butter mixture; mix on low speed.

Take the dough, and divide into three separate pieces, then wrap each piece in plastic wrap.

Chill dough for minimum one hour, but preferably over night.

Remove after chilling and allow to rest at room temperature for 10 minutes.

Pre heat your oven to 350 F.

Take one third of your dough and place it on waxed paper.

Roll the dough until it is 1/8" thick.

Place dough back into the fridges for 10 minutes to firm up the dough before cutting.

Remove the dough from the fridge, and either using a cookie cutter or a stencil, cut the cookies into the desired shape.

Press chocolate chips, candy or other decorative treats into the cookies to create the look of buttons or eyes.

Place the cookies on an ungreased baking sheet and bake for 8-10 minutes or until crisp but not overcooked.

Remove cookies from the oven and allow cookies to cool on a cooling rack.

Royal Icing Preparation

While the cookies are cooling, you should make some Royal Icing to decorate your freshly cooked Gingerbread cookies.

First, beat together the egg white and the lemon juice.

While beating the eggs and lemon juice, slowly add powdered sugar until the icing thickens and is thick enough that it will stay put when you apply it to your cookies. If the mixture is too runny, continue to add sugar until it thickens.

That's it! Add, eyes, hair and other decorations to your cookies with the icing!