Perfect Gingerbread Man Cookie Recipe with Snap

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Ready to bake gingerbread cookies for the holidays? This is the perfect recipe for a gingery cookie with a satisfying snap!

It’s officially the holiday season when the smell of gingerbread cookies are wafting in the air and the cookie jar is filled with gingerbread man & gingerbread woman cookies.

christmas gingerbread cookies

This gingerbread cookie recipe is perfect for dunking.

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In a hot chocolate hot tub

And perfect for gingerbread cookie ornaments for the tree.

gingerbread cookies to hang as ornaments on the christmas tree

Gingersnap cookies are best for hanging in the Christmas tree.

When my first child was a toddler our first Christmas, I was so worried about the danger of glass ornaments on the tree. We hung gingerbread cookies and apples on the tree. However – they kept disappearing as high as my daughter and the dog could reach! 🤣

Gingerbread Cookies Recipe

For making gingerbread man and gingerbread woman cookies

  • 3 c flour
  • 2 tsp McCormick Ground Ginger
  • 1 tsp McCormick Ground Cinnamon
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • ¼ tsp McCormick Ground Nutmeg
  • ¾ c  butter, softened
  • ¾ c firmly packed brown sugar
  • ½ c molasses
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tsp McCormick Pure Vanilla Extract
  1. In large bowl, mix flour, ginger, cinnamon, baking soda, nutmeg and salt. Set aside.

  2. In separate large bowl, using electric mixer on medium speed, beat butter and brown sugar until light and fluffy. Add molasses, egg and vanilla; mix well. 

  3. Gradually beat in flour mixture on low speed until well mixed. Press dough into thick, flat disk. Wrap in plastic wrap. Refrigerate 4 hours or overnight.

  4. Heat oven to 350° F. 

  5. Roll out dough to 1/4-inch thickness on lightly floured work surface. Cut into gingerbread men shapes with 5-inch cookie cutter. Place 1 inch apart on ungreased baking sheets.

  6. Bake 8-10 minutes, or until edges of cookies are set and just begin to brown. Cool on baking sheets 1-2 minutes. Remove to wire racks; cool completely. Decorate as desired.

Cookies & Squares

Recipe and photo courtesy of McCormick

How to decorate your gingerbread cookies.

Keep it simple sweetheart.

plain gingerbread cookies for Christmas

First, we just want to say that you don’t have to decorate them. Cut them into lots of different shapes and they look awesome just plain.

(Be sure to take them out of the oven as soon as the edges start to brown so they look their best.)

Still keeping it simple.

Gingerbread cookies with white icing and simple patterns

Keep it simple with one color. White is very elegant. This cookie decoration is easy to do with an icing pen but very cute & fun. Perfect for a holiday baby shower!

Next level with more colors.

gingerbread man with santa hat

Still using icing pens, but in several colors. For the hat, outline the edges first, then fill in. (They kept the red part small so it wouldn’t use too much icing.)

Cute and not too complicated.

2 color easy gingerbread man cookie

The gingerbread man’s pants are fondant. Roll it out, cut it the pieces you need and press on just like playdough. It’s easy. The white is drawn on with an icing pen. Very cute, and still very easy.

Frosted gingerbread cookies.

frosted or iced gingerbread cookies

Frost or ice your cookie by “flooding” it with color. First, outline the section you want that particular color. Then fill it in or flood it between the lines with the icing pen or bag. Let that color completely set or dry before doing the next color. (Do one color at a time on each cookie then when you’re ready to go back with the next color icing, they’ll be set.)

You can even decorate on top of the icing!

How to make gingerbread Christmas trees.

Easy tree gingerbread cookie – just a few squiggles with a white icing pen in the right places and you have a tree with snow covered branches.

easy gingerbread christmas tree frosting

Outline the tree and then flood inside the lines with the same color. This tree is red, but you could make it green, white, or a color that matches your party theme. After the color sets, add white decoration with an icing pen. Beautiful.

red christmas tree gingerbread cookie

How to serve or display your gingerbread cookies.

gingerbread man cookie in snack cup

You could pile your amazing gingerbread cookies on a platter, or put them in a bowl in a strategic place, but why not showcase them?

And if you make them the pièce de résistance on the top of a Christmas candy snack cup, there’s more left for you when your guests leave. 😉

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