Gingerbread Men

Have fun making and decorating your own gingerbread men. B! suggests that you make the cookies one day and decorate them another.


  • gingerbread man cookie cutter
  • icing kit (or put icing in a resealable plastic bag and snip a tiny hole at the end)
  • icing of your choice
  • sprinkles and candies


  • 1 cup shortening
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 cup molasses
  • 2 Tbsps vinegar
  • 1 beaten egg
  • 5 cups flour
  • 1 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 2 tsp ginger
  • 1/2 tsp salt

Step 1: Bring shortening, sugar, molasses and vinegar to a boil.

Step 2: Cool. Add egg.

Step 3: Mix dry ingredients together.

Step 4: Add to egg mixture gradually. Dough will be moist. Chill.

081116_2Step 5: Lightly flour counter top (or B! didn’t use any flour and just used a spatula to lift cut-outs off…less messy).

Step 6: Roll dough out between 1/4 – 1/2 inch thick and cut out gingerbread men (dip cutter into flour each time).

Step 7: Place men on cookie sheet with space for them to expand.

Step 8: Bake at 350° for 7-8 minutes (or a little longer if you’d like them snappy).

Step 9: Makes about 2-3 dozen men.

Step 10: When the cookies have completely cooled, use your favorite icing for decorating them.

081116_3Decorating Tips:

  • Place iced cookie over a flat dish to catch the extra sprinkles.
  • Quickly spoon sprinkles over the cookie while the icing is still wet.
  • Then carefully tip the cookie upside down over the dish to remove extra sprinkles.
  • If covering the cookie completely with icing, first outline the cooking with a row of icing, and then fill it in.

Send B! a Recipe

Baking and decorating is a lot of fun! If you have a favorite recipe, send it to BAZOOF! and we’ll share it with readers and visitors like you.