Gingerbread Men

Cover recipe

Cover recipe- Family Circle,   Gingerbread Men: Nov. 2009

Seems like I try a new gingerbread man recipe when the holidays roll around every year.  It’s not at all that I’m unhappy with the recipes I’ve baked in the past, it’s more about wishing to find a cookie that is perhaps a new and unique version.  Family Circle‘s recipe for Gingerbread Men is one that falls into the realm of easy-to-make and easy-to-work-with.  There isn’t anything out of the ordinary about this one, but sometimes people are looking for more of a classic recipe than anything else.    While the gingerbread itself is most always a delicious, gingery treat, the decor added to it is the more appealing part of this type of cookie.

Read my notes below to see what I thought of this recipe…

Gingerbread Men

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Gingerbread Men

Yield: 2 1/2 dozen assorted sized cookies

Prep Time: 30 min + chill time and decorating time

Cook Time: 13 min


2 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
3/4 tsp. baking soda
1 Tbsp. ground ginger
1 tsp. ground cinnamon
1/2 tsp. ground cloves
1/4 tsp. salt
1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, softened
1/2 cup (packed) dark brown sugar
1 large egg
1/2 cup original molasses
royal icing
red hot cinnamon candies


1.  In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, baking soda, ginger, cinnamon, cloves and salt.  Set aside.
2.  In a large bowl, beat butter and sugar until smooth.  Beat in egg, then molasses.  Stir flour mixture into butter mixture.  Divide dough into 2 halves.  Wrap; chill 2 hours.
3.  Heat oven to 350 degrees F.  On a well-floured surface, roll half of dough to 1/8-inch thickness.  Cut shapes with assorted-sized gingerbread cookie cutters; transfer to ungreased baking sheets.  Reroll scraps; cut.  Repeat with the rest of the dough.
4.  Bake at 350 degrees F. for 13 minutes.  Transfer cookies to racks to cool.  Decorate with Royal Icing and cinnamon candies.


*I made three different sizes of "men," ending up with 8 large, 23 medium-sized, and 14 mini gingerbread men.
*For the royal icing, I used my go-to recipe:  Martha Stewart's Royal Icing.
*If you wish to decorate the men as pictured, you've got to have a bit of a steady hand.  Scoop the icing into a pastry bag (or zip bag) and use a small round tip.  Pipe carefully, all the way around the edges.  Pipe three little smudges in the middle & drop the cinnamon candies on top. 
*Let these sit at room temperature until the icing has hardened (overnight is good).
*These freeze just fine- layer them between sheets of waxed paper and store in airtight container.

Source:  Family Circle, November 29, 2009

The results:

These turned out to be a good basic gingerbread cookie recipe. The dough was easy to mix, roll, cut and re-roll. As far as the decor, my 8 year old enjoyed being the “button-fastener” for me.  Little hands can drop those little candies onto the cookies much easier than large ones!

Did this recipe deserve the cover spotlight?

Yes.  It’s a festive holiday cookie for sure, easy to make, and perfectly “Family” friendly for this family magazine.  Simply decorated, I thought they looked cute on my cookie platter.  They happened to be delicious too.

Lori is the founder of She's a professional recipe developer and food writer, and she's the author of The Recipe Girl Cookbook (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt: April 2013). Beyond food, Lori enjoys traveling, being outdoors, running, and maybe even singing a little karaoke. The mountains near Lake Tahoe are home for Lori and her husband of 18 years. They have an 12 year-old son who blogs at

14 Responses to “Gingerbread Men”

  1. 1

    VeggieGirl — December 10, 2009 @ 4:41 pm

    My all-time favorite Christmas cookie! :)

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    Donalyn — December 10, 2009 @ 5:07 pm

    They look really cute – I’ll give them a try. I like to make gingerbread people for the grandkids. And for me, cause I love them.

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    Katie @ goodLife {eats} — December 10, 2009 @ 5:38 pm

    I saw this magazine in the store today and thought they looked super cute. Glad to hear they were worth it because Logan came home from school asking if we could make gingerbread cookies. We will try them out this weekend!

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    Jessica @ How Sweet — December 10, 2009 @ 5:42 pm

    I have never made gingerbread cookies! Do you have a favorite that you’d recommend?? :)

    • Lori Lange replied: — December 11th, 2009 @ 6:20 pm

      Jessica- uh, these are good :)

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    Louise — December 11, 2009 @ 11:24 am

    Hi Lori!!! Glad I didn’t miss this one. Now, I must dig out this magazine and give it away knowing the cover is as tasteful as the recipes. You know I don’t bake. Look what I’m missing!!!

    Thanks for sharing…

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    Stephanie — December 11, 2009 @ 11:55 am

    Your cookies came out super cute!

    • Lori Lange replied: — December 11th, 2009 @ 6:26 pm

      Thanks, Stephanie!

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    Gourmified — December 11, 2009 @ 4:10 pm

    What a fun idea…cook from magazines…brilliant! LOVE your gingerbread cookies, too. They’re absolutely adorable! I just wish I really enjoyed the spices in them, sad. I guess I’ll just have to enjoy looking at them instead!

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    Jane — December 12, 2009 @ 7:26 am

    I love what you’re doing on this blog! Great idea! Everything looks delicious!

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    Cynthia — December 12, 2009 @ 6:51 pm

    Lori, this is such an original idea and exciting idea for a blog – Culinary Covers!

    Your gingerbread men are outstanding!

  10. 10

    Katrina — December 13, 2009 @ 9:54 am

    I love how simple the decorations are and they look great!

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    Karly — December 13, 2009 @ 5:43 pm

    Can you believe I’ve never made gingerbread before? I’m going to have to try this recipe this year!

    Love the simple decorations!

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    jo — December 13, 2009 @ 6:45 pm

    These gingerbread men are so cute .. just right for Christmas too!

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