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Gingerbread People Cookies

It’s not just about the Gingerbread man.  He was lonely, so we’ve got gingerbread people; a whole family of them!  And, it’s a pretty healthy recipe for a cookie and this time of year we can all use that!  You can roll them a little thicker for a chewy cookie or thinner will come out crispy and are perfect to dunk in a cup of coffee or tea.

Gingerbread People Cookies


  • 2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour about 10 ounces
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons ground ginger
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/4 cup butter softened
  • 1/2 cup molasses
  • 1 large egg


  • 1 1/4 cups powdered sugar
  • 2 tablespoons 2% milk
  • 1/4 cup colored sugar sprinkles


  1. Preheat oven to 350°.


  1. Lightly spoon flour into dry measuring cups; level with a knife. Combine flour and next 7 ingredients (through cloves) in a large bowl, stirring with a whisk.
  2. Place granulated sugar and butter in a large bowl; beat with a mixer at medium speed until smooth and well blended. Add molasses and egg; beat until well blended. Stir flour mixture into sugar mixture until well blended. Divide dough in half; shape each dough portion into a flat disk. Wrap dough portions separately in plastic wrap; chill 1 hour or until firm.
  3. Remove 1 dough portion from refrigerator; remove plastic wrap. Roll dough to a 1/8-inch thickness on a floured surface. Cut with a 3-inch boy or girl cookie cutter. Place cookies 1/2 inch apart on parchment paper-lined baking sheets. Repeat procedure with remaining dough portion. Bake at 350° for 11 minutes or until edges of cookies are lightly browned. Remove from pans; cool completely on wire racks.


  1. Combine powdered sugar and milk, stirring until smooth. Spoon mixture into a heavy-duty zip-top plastic bag. Snip a tiny hole in 1 corner of bag. Pipe onto cookies. Decorate as desired with sugar sprinkles.

Recipe Notes

Sometimes the dough can be overly sticky.  Just be sure to use plenty of flour when rolling out.