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Soft Gingerbread Man Cookies

Simple and Soft Gingerbread Man Cookies are classic gingerbread cookies made with molasses and warm spices. One of my most fave Christmas Cookie recipes!
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time10 mins
Chilling Time4 hrs
Total Time4 hrs 20 mins
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Servings: 12 4 inch Cookies
Calories: 166kcal
Author: Neha


  • Cup (5 Tbsp, 72 gms) Butter (Unsalted, room temp)
  • 6 Tbsp (75 gms) Brown Sugar (Packed, light or dark)
  • Cup (100 gms) Molasses Unsulphured
  • ½ large Egg
  • 1 tsp Vanilla Extract
  • 1 ¾ Cups All purpose flour
  • ½ tsp Baking Soda
  • ¼ tsp Salt
  • 1 ½ tsp Ground Ginger
  • 1 ½ tsp Ground Cinnamon
  • ¼ tsp All Spice Powder
  • ¼ tsp Cloves
  • Simple Sugar Cookie Icing


  • In a medium bowl beat butter on medium for a minute. Add brown sugar and beat it in till light and fluffy.
  • Add egg and vanilla. Beat it in too. Now add in molasses and mix them in.
  • Sift all the dry ingredients (flour, baking soda, salt and spices) over wet and fold in to combine. Do not overmix. Form a disc of the dough, wrap and chill the dough for 4 hours minimum or up to 3 days.
  • When ready to bake, preheat oven to 350 deg F (177 deg C). Line 1-2 baking sheets with parchment paper or silicon mats. Set them aside.
  • Flour your work surface and roll out the cookie dough disc until ¼ of an inch thick. Cut into shapes.
  • Place cut-out cookie 1 - 11/2 inches apart. Re-roll the dough scraps and cut out cookies until no dough remains.
  • Bake for about 9-10 minutes. They will appear slightly puffy but will shrink back slightly once they are out of oven. If your Gingerbread man cookie cutter is smaller than 4 inches, bake for 7-8 minutes.
  • Once baked, allow the cookies to cool on tray for 4-5 minutes and transfer to wire rack to cool down further.
  • Decorate cooled cookies with icing as desired.


To measure half egg: Break an egg and whisk it lightly. Now measure out 2 tablespoons out of it and add add to the cookie dough.
How to store Molasses Cookies:
  • Store Molasses Cookies at room temp, covered tightly up to 2 weeks.
  • Baked or unbaked cookie dough can be frozen for 2 months. 
  • Thaw baked cookie on counter top for 5-6 hours before serving.


Serving: 1Cookie | Calories: 166kcal | Carbohydrates: 27g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 6g | Sodium: 149mg | Sugar: 12g