Chocolaty Gingerbread People Cookie Mix

Total Time
Prep 20 mins
Cook 8 mins

This is a delicious twist to your regular gingerbread! I think I even like it better than plain ol' gingerbread! Another one of those recipes where you just can't eat one! Time does not include chilling time!

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. In a small bowl, stir together cocoa powder, ginger, baking soda, cinnamon, salt, and cloves; set aside.
  2. In a 1-quart jar layer ingredients in the following order: flour, brown sugar, packed down tightly with the back of a spoon; granulated sugar, and cocoa mixture. Seal; store in a cool place, dry place for up to one month. Makes enough mix to make about 40 cookies.
  3. To make Chocolaty Gingerbread people:.
  4. In a large bowl, beat 1/2 cup softened butter and 1/2 cup shortening with an electric mixer on medium to high speed for 30 seconds. Beat in 1 egg, 2 tablespoons molasses, 2 tablespoons water, and 1 teaspoon vanilla, scrapping side of bowl occasionally. Beat in as much of the cookie mix from the jar as you can with the mixer. Using a wooden spoon, stir in remaining cookie mix. Divide dough in half. Cover and chill for 3 hours or until dough is easy to handle.
  5. Preheat oven to 375°F.
  6. On a lightly floured surface, roll dough to 1/8 inch thickness. Using floured 4 to 5 inch people cookie cutters, cut out dough. Place cutouts 1 inch apart on ungreased cookie sheet. Bake for 7-8 minutes or until edges are firm. Transfer cookies to a wire rack; let cool. Decorate as desired.
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Glad I found this recipe again! I made it a few years ago and fell in love.

MC Baker December 16, 2012

This recipe made it into our Book #231450. 8/13/08 - I made a half batch of the mix and gave it (along with a copy of the recipe) for our neighbor as a thank you gift. They have graciously been keeping us in tomatoes and squash through out the summer. She was thrilled! I enjoyed making this gift as it reminded me of sand art back in Jr High school. Thanks for the memories and for a great little gift giving recipe! UPDATE: My neighbor brought some of the made cookies over. She said she didn't chill the dough, but just rolled them into 1" balls on a greased baking sheet. She then put a thumbprint in them to flatten, then sprinkled red sugar sprinkles in the indentation and baked as directed. As for the flavor of the cookies..... AWESOME!!!!

2Bleu December 28, 2008

Doubled this recipe so that I could make some for myself, but also gave a jar as a gift, along with a couple of special cookie cutters dangling from the jar's neck (& a copy of the recipe)! Sure it makes for a nice looking gift, but back to the cookies themselves ~ THESE ARE GREAT TASTING COOKIES (mine weren't decorated, but were devoured quickly!) [Tagged, made & reviewed for one of my adoptees in the current Pick-A-Chef]

Sydney Mike October 06, 2008