Gingerbread Men Cookies: Easy recipe for traditional gingerbread men cookies. Christmas cookies.
Desserts, Holidays

My Favorite Old Fashioned Gingerbread Men Cookies

It’s time to Fill the Cookie Jar with holiday cookies. Our group of FTCJ bloggers has been busy baking our favorite holiday themed cookies to share with you. Be sure to scroll to the bottom of the post to see all of the deliciousness the others made. I brought these classic Gingerbread Men Cookies to our virtual cookie exchange.

Gingerbread Men Cookies: Easy recipe for traditional gingerbread men cookies. Christmas cookies.

I have had the recipe for awhile.

Big Batch Gingerbread Men Cookies - this recipe makes a huge batch for about 30 people to make several cookies. Great for classrooms, scouts, day care

That’s a copy of the original that came home when I was in Kindergarten. I don’t remember making them that day, but I do remember making that much dough when I worked in Day Care. The large batch recipe is here. The one below is what I usually make at Christmas time, maybe doubled depending on how many I want to share.

Gingerbread Men are a nice traditional shape for these cookies. But with an 8 year old boy traditional can be boring. Enter the Ninjabread Men!

Ninjabread Cookies
Me and my mad cookie decorating skills – Boyakasha!

You can get the cutters here (affiliate link: I receive compensation for any purchase at no additional cost to you).



Gingerbread Men

Prep time45 minutes
Cook time15 minutes
Total time1 hour
Meal type Dessert
Occasion Christmas, Winter
If the cookie dough seems a little dry before chilling add a teaspoon or more oil and molasses until everything comes together.


  • 3 cups flour
  • 3/4 cups molasses
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup oil
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon


Mix ingredients. Chill in refrigerator at least 30 minutes.
Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
Roll dough to 1/8 inch thick and cut with cookie cutters. Place at least an inch apart on a baking sheet.
Bake at 375 degrees for approximately 10-12 minutes.
Let cool and decorate as desired.

Until next time, happy eating.

21 thoughts on “My Favorite Old Fashioned Gingerbread Men Cookies”

  1. Oh My Gosh! These are so stinking cute! I have a daughter, so when she was young it was all about Barbie and girl things. These ninjas would have been fun to make. They look great! Thanks so much for being a part of the Fill The Cookie Jar group! I love seeing what you create!

    1. Sometimes I’d like a break from TMNT and Super Mario for Barbies and all things pink. But, I have been told stepping on Barbie shoes hurts as much as ninja weapons.

  2. How fun. I can’t wait to make these. I have my mother and grandmother’s gingerbread man cookies cutters. It is always fun to try a new recipe. Thanks for sharing at Happiness is Homemade Link Party. I’m just starting my recipe blog and am trying to figure all of this out.

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