Gingerbread People Recipe

Make these classic holiday gingerbread cookies to share with friends and family over the holidays.

December 2005

  • gingerbread men
    Decorate the cookies before serving or add to the fun and let everyone decorate their own before enjoying.
    Photo by GettyImages/GMVozd
  • gingerbread men

Yield: 9 dozen 3-inch cookies

This recipe is from Heart of the Home, December 2005.


  • 1 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/3 cup shortening
  • 1-1/2 cups dark molasses
  • 2/3 cup cold water
  • 7 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 2 teaspoons ground ginger
  • 1 teaspoon ground allspice
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt

Easy Creamy Frosting:

  • 4 cups powdered sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • About 5 tablespoons half-and-half


  1. In a large bowl, stir together brown sugar, shortening, molasses and cold water.
  2. Stir in remaining ingredients, except frosting.
  3. Cover and refrigerate for at least 2 hours.
  4. Heat oven to 350°F. Lightly grease a cookie sheet.
  5. On a floured surface, roll 1/4 of dough 1/8 inch thick.
  6. Cut with a floured gingerbread cutter or another favorite shaped cutter.
  7. Place about 2 inches apart on cookie sheet.
  8. Bake for 10 to 12 minutes, or until no indentation remains when touched. (For softer, chewier cookies, bake 8 to 10 minutes.)
  9. Remove from cookie sheet to a wire rack.
  10. Repeat with remaining dough.
  11. Cool completely, about 30 minutes. 

Easy Creamy Frosting:

  1. In a large bowl, stir together ingredients until smooth and spreadable. Decorate cookies with frosting.

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