Old-Fashioned Gingerbread Men

Photo by Hector Sanchez
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  • Serves 36
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    Nutritional Information

    Per Serving

    • Calories 164 calories
    • Calories 29 calories from fat
    • Fat 5 g
    • Sat Fat 3 g
    • Cholesterol 19 mg
    • Sodium 92 mg
    • Protein 2 mg
    • Carbohydrate 27 g
    • Fiber 1 g
    • Iron 2 mg
    • Calcium 32 mg


  1. Check 5 to 5 1/2cups all-purpose flour
  2. Check 1teaspoon baking soda
  3. Check 3/4teaspoon salt
  4. Check 2teaspoons ground ginger
  5. Check 1tablespoon ground cinnamon
  6. Check 1/2teaspoon ground nutmeg
  7. Check 1/2teaspoon ground cloves
  8. Check 1cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, at room temperature
  9. Check 1cup packed light brown sugar
  10. Check 1 large egg, at room temperature
  11. Check 1cup unsulfured molasses
  12. Check 1teaspoon vanilla extract


  1. Combine the flour, baking soda, salt, and spices in a large bowl; set aside. In the bowl of an electric mixer, beat the butter, brown sugar, and egg on medium until smooth. Add the molasses and beat until fluffy, about 2 minutes. Add the vanilla. Stir in the flour mixture 1 cup at a time, blending until smooth. The dough should gather into a semi-firm mass. (If it's not firm, add another 1/4 to 1/2 cup flour, but not enough to make it crumbly.)
  2. Turn the dough onto a lightly floured surface. Divide in half. Flatten into disks and wrap in plastic. Refrigerate at least 2 hours or up to 1 week.
  3. Preheat oven to 350° F. On a floured surface, roll each disk to 1/8 inch thick. Use gingerbread-man cutters to make shapes. Transfer them to a large, parchment-lined baking sheet, spacing them about 1 inch apart. Decorate, if desired. Bake until firm to the touch, about 12 minutes. Cool slightly before transferring to a rack.