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Cookies - Gingerbread Men


For someone gingerbread men are a culinary symbol of Catholic Christmas, which is even decorated with Christmas trees, someone knows this character from the cartoon "Shrek", and even in the Guinness Book of Records the gingerbread men left their mark. And also a gingerbread man is a brother of Kolobok, who is closer to us. Gingerbread men are tasty, funny, interesting. They can be eaten, but can be saved as a souvenir. They will not leave anyone indifferent, and therefore it is worth preparing them, which we will do today!

Gingerbread Man Ingredients

  1. 2 eggs
  2. Liquid honey (molasses) 1 cup
  3. Flour (wheat, pancake) 5 cups
  4. Butter (baking margarine) 1 cup
  5. Sugar 1 cup
  6. Cocoa (instant coffee) 1 table. spoon
  7. Salt 0.5 teaspoon spoons
  8. Baking soda 3 tea spoons
  9. Ground ginger 2 teaspoon. spoons
  10. Ground cinnamon 2 teaspoon. spoons
  11. Clove (powder) 1 teaspoon spoon

Chocolate waffles

Gingerbread cookies in the shape of men are a very popular edible decoration for Christmas trees in the USA. These gingerbread cookies look very elegant, festive, and most importantly - the children are simply delighted with them (and not only).
The recipe for gingerbread men, in fact, is similar to the preparation of shortbread gingerbread cookies, such sweets are incredibly tasty, apparently due to a fairly large amount of honey.
I found this recipe on the Miracle Cook website.


for gingerbread dough
* cup size 250 ml
wheat flour 2.5 cups
vegetable oil 0.5 cup
sugar - sand 0.5 cup
honey or molasses 0.5 cup
instant coffee 0.5 tbsp
chicken egg 1 PC
salt 0.25 tsp
baking soda 1.5 tsp
ground ginger 1 tsp
cinnamon 1 tsp
clove (powder) 0.5 tsp
gingerbread man icing recipe
protein - pcs., 1/2 pc
lemon juice - 1 tablespoon , 1 tbsp
powdered sugar 125 g
this amount of glaze will be more than enough

Step by step recipe with photo

1. Combine oil, salt, soda, ginger, cinnamon and cloves.

2. Introduce granulated sugar and honey, whisk.

3. Add the egg, cooled down brewed in 2 tablespoons of boiling water of coffee (I replaced coffee with a drink from Echinacea), 1.5-2 cups of flour and continue to beat.

4. Pour the remaining flour and knead the dough with your hands (it turns out to be tight).

5. Wrap in cling film and put in the refrigerator for several hours or at night (I left it overnight).

6. Roll out the dough on a floured board.

Cut large or small gingerbread men, using cookie cutters or cardboard templates. I don’t have such a recess. My daughter made a template out of cardboard. I used it

From this amount of dough, I got 27 men, 2 stars and one ball

7. We shift to a baking sheet. Bake at 160 ° C for 15 minutes.

8. Take out the finished cookies, lay them on the table and leave to cool.

9. For glaze we beat protein in strong foam.

10. Then add the powder and continue whipping until a homogeneous cream.

11. After this, pour in the lemon juice and mix thoroughly.

12. Using a pastry bag (I have a tight bag) or a syringe, apply glaze (decorate the little men): draw them mouths, noses, panties, etc.

13. Next, put them on a baking sheet and slightly dry the icing (do not bake!) In a hot oven. My icing froze itself ..

In the gingerbread men cooked according to this recipe, you can make holes at the top for threading bright threads in them, to hang them on a Christmas tree or simply spread them out in a large tray along with other sweets - sweets, cakes, sweet cakes, etc.

Bon appetit to all.
And happy holidays.

Recipe Tips:

- - You can change some ingredients, for example, butter for vegetable, baking soda for baking powder. But the main ingredient - ginger - must be present in any recipe, it is thanks to him that this cookie has such a popular taste.

- - Instead of a cookie template, you can use ordinary cookie cutters.

- - If you don’t have a confectionery syringe, you can replace it with an ordinary culinary bag - cut a corner at a clean plastic bag, and squeeze out the icing with it.

- - Colored glaze can be obtained using dyes. If the cookies turned out to be large, then the colored buttons can be depicted using m & m's.


  • Butter 100 Gram
  • Sugar 100 grams
  • Honey 170 Gram
  • Egg 1 Piece
  • Cinnamon 1 teaspoon
  • Ground ginger 1 teaspoon
  • Nutmeg 0.5 Teaspoon
  • Flour 290 gram
  • Baking powder 1.5 Teaspoons

1. Mix the crushed butter with sugar using a mixer. Add liquid honey, mix with a whisk.

2. Add one egg, mix with a whisk. Add cinnamon, cocoa, ground nutmeg and ground ginger. Shuffle everything until smooth.

3. Add the sifted flour and knead the dough. Do not forget to add baking powder. The dough should turn out friable and not sticky to hands. Wrap the dough in cling film and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes.

4. Roll out the chilled dough immediately on floured parchment paper. Carefully roll out an even layer of dough about half a centimeter thick. With the help of special molds, cut the little men.

5. Carefully remove excess dough. Use a stick to make eyes on cookies. Bake in a preheated oven to 180 degrees for 10 minutes.

9. Paint the little people with sugar icing. I have these special sugar pencils that you can buy at the supermarket. Enjoy your meal!

Gingerbread man: types of dough and the secrets of creating a form

There are several ways to make a gingerbread man. The dough can be either classic ginger or honey, mint, custard and even lean. You can use the recipe for gingerbread men, in which, in addition to ginger, there will be chocolate or chocolate chips. You can also move away from the canons and add dried fruits, cinnamon and other ingredients to your taste in your cookies.

There are no problems with how to make a cookie dough. However, for many, the most incomprehensible is how to make gingerbread men by prescription. Few people know how to give the liver the right shape.

There are two ways to solve this problem. The first one is to use templates from the Web and print them on simple sheets of form of any size. Then they need to be cut and applied to the dough sheet. Then, using a knife, create a “man” from the dough. The second way is easier. It’s enough to buy a gingerbread man in a store. Then there will be no problems with how to create a Christmas carrot.

Gingerbread Man Recipe: Ginger Dough

  • Flour - four glasses.
  • Oil 73% fat - three hundred grams.
  • Eggs are two.
  • Cognac - six tablespoons.
  • Powdered ginger - two teaspoons.
  • Honey - four hundred grams.
  • Baking powder - two teaspoons.
  • Sugar - one and a half cups.

Making Gingerbread

To prepare the gingerbread, we will use the proven recipe for gingerbread gingerbread men. First, melt honey and butter in a water bath. Then pour granulated sugar to them and stir until all the sugar has dissolved. The resulting mixture must be set aside for cooling.

When the mixture has cooled, you can add dry ginger, two eggs, brandy to it and mix everything again. The next ingredient that needs to be added to the mixture is good quality sifted wheat flour. Pour flour in small portions and stir. After all the flour has been added, you need to thoroughly knead the dough and wrap it in a plastic wrap.

Place the dough in the refrigerator and leave it there for about five hours. Remove the chilled dough from the refrigerator. Put it on the working surface of the table and roll it into a layer with a thickness of not more than five millimeters. Using the cutters, cut out figures of gingerbread men from the dough. Cover the baking sheet with baking paper and lay out the cut figures on it. Send them to the oven, which has been preheated to one hundred and seventy degrees. Bake ten to twenty minutes maximum. Ready cookies, prepared according to the classic recipe for a gingerbread man, get out of the oven, cool, and then decorate with glaze.

Gingerbread Honey Dough

  • Flour - six glasses.
  • Honey - four hundred grams.
  • Water - two glasses.
  • Sugar - one hundred and fifty grams.
  • Eggs - eight pieces.
  • Soda - twenty grams.

Cooking Honey Men

The decoration of any Christmas table will be honey gingerbread men. The dough recipe in the classic version includes ginger. But you can diversify traditional pastries using various ingredients, such as honey. First you need to put honey in a small bowl, add hot boiled water and stir.

In a separate deep bowl, beat two squirrels with two pinches of salt. When foam forms, add sugar and whisk until thick. Then add eight yolks and beat the mass for another five minutes. Pour the diluted honey into this mass and stir. Further, constantly whisking, little by little you need to add sifted wheat flour. When all the flour has been added, knead the uncooked dough.

Wrap the dough in a film for food and set aside for six hours. After the required time has passed, remove the dough from the film, knead it well again and roll it into a layer with a thickness of not more than five millimeters. Cut the figures in the form of men using special molds. Lay them on a baking sheet covered with baking paper.

After this, you need to send the pan to the oven preheated to one hundred and seventy degrees and bake until tender for ten to twenty minutes. Take out a baking tray with ready-made gingerbread men and wait until they cool, and then decorate the gingerbread with icing or other decorations to your taste.

Chocolate Gingerbread Men

  • Flour - four hundred grams.
  • Chocolate - one hundred grams.
  • Oil - two hundred and fifty grams.
  • Cocoa - five teaspoons.
  • Eggs are two.
  • Sugar - one hundred and fifty grams.
  • Dried ginger - two teaspoons.
  • Baking powder - two teaspoons.

Making Chocolate Men

To make this Christmas dessert, we will use a different recipe. Cookies "Gingerbread men" is prepared like this. Pour heavily softened butter, eggs, granulated sugar, black chocolate into a small bowl into a bowl of a food processor and mix until smooth.

Put dry ingredients in a separate deep dish: sifted wheat flour, cocoa powder, baking powder, dried ginger. Mix them well together. Pour the resulting dry mixture into a bowl of a food processor and mix for five to eight minutes. The dough in the bowl will consist of rather large pieces that do not stick to your hands.

Put these pieces on a floured desktop and knead the dough. If necessary, add flour. Form a ball from the dough, wrap it with a film for food. Send the dough to cool in the refrigerator for two hours. Then roll out a layer seven to eight millimeters thick from it and cut out figures in the form of men.

Lay out the carved gingerbread men on a baking sheet covered with parchment and place in the oven. The temperature of the oven should be one hundred and eighty degrees, and the baking time should be from fifteen to twenty minutes. Remove the finished cookies from the oven and cool. Then it must be adorned with glaze and painted.

Lean Gingerbread Men

  • Flour - eight hundred grams.
  • Sunflower oil - two hundred milliliters.
  • Orange zest - five teaspoons.
  • Sweet syrup - one hundred and fifty milliliters.
  • Baking powder - two teaspoons.
  • Dried ginger - three teaspoons.
  • Sugar - one hundred and fifty grams.


Initially, you need to make syrup for cookies from granulated sugar, syrup and spices included in the recipe. Put all of these ingredients in a pan with a thick bottom, put on fire and boil. Mix wheat flour with baking powder and freshly grated orange peel. After the syrup has cooled, pour flour into small saucepan in a saucepan, pour oil.

Stir and put on a flour sprinkled surface. Knead lean dough until it stops sticking to your hands. If necessary, you can add a little flour. Roll out the finished dough into a layer five to six millimeters thick and cut out figures of men from it. Put them on a baking sheet covered with parchment and place in the oven with a temperature of one hundred eighty degrees. Products should be baked for about fifteen minutes. After cooling, cookies need to be decorated.