Gingerbread Men

Gingerbread men

This recipe is from Martha Stewart’s show. I made them last year and they turned out perfectly. I have updated the post with new photos and have included the recipe for royal icing.

Ingredients for Gingerbread man:

  • All-purpose flour – 3 cups
  • Ground ginger – 2 tsp
  • Ground cloves – 1/4 tsp
  • Ground nutmeg – 1/4 tsp
  • Baking soda – 1 tsp
  • Baking powder – 1/2 tsp
  • Salt – 1 tsp + 1/2 tsp
  • Unsalted butter – 6 tbsps, at room temperature
  • Dark brown sugar – 1/2 cup, packed
  • Large Egg – 1
  • Unsulphured molasses – 3/4 cup

Ingredients for Royal icing:

  • Confectioners sugar/ Powdered sugar – 2 cups+ 1/2 cup
  • Egg white – 1 (beaten)
  • Lemon juice – 1 tsp
  • Whole milk – 2 tbsps


  • Whisk the flour, ground ginger, cloves, nutmeg, baking soda, baking powder and salt together.
  • In another bowl, mix butter and brown sugar until light and fluffy.
  • Beat in egg and molasses.
  • Add the flour and mix till just combined.
  • Divide the dough into two halves.
  • Flatten into disks and wrap them in plastic wraps.
  • Refrigerate until firm.
  • Preheat oven to 350 F.
  • Work with one disk at a time.
  • Place dough on a lightly floured parchment paper and roll out into 1/8 inch thick sheet.
  • Dust it with flour as needed to prevent the dough from sticking to the rolling-pin.
  • Lift the rolled out dough using the parchment paper and place it on a cookie sheet and freeze for 20 minutes.
  • Remove the dough along with the parchment paper from the cookie sheet.
  • Use a spatula to loosen the dough from the parchment paper.
  • Place the rolled out dough on the counter.
  • Use cookie cutters to cut out the gingerbread men.
  • Brush off any excess flour.
  • Place the gingerbread men on a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper.
  • Roll up the extra dough and continue making gingerbread men.
  • Chill the dough if required.
  • Bake the gingerbread men for 11 to 12 minutes, rotating the tray in between.
  • Let them cool on wire racks.

Method for preparing royal icing:

  • Add sugar to the bowl of a hand or stand mixer.
  • Whisk in the egg whites.
  • Keep whisking until the egg white is completely incorporated.
  • Add milk and lemon juice.
  • Mix till soft peaks form.
  • Add food colours of your choice.
  • Fill icing bags or zip lock bags with the icing and decorate the gingerbread man.


  • The dough can be refrigerated for up to 2 days.

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