Ellen's Spicy Gingerbread Men

Total Time
Prep 20 mins
Cook 10 mins

You just have to love Gingerbread Men. They are great fun to make. Grandkids and I use make them every Christmas season when they were younger. And shorter.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. In a large bowl, cream margarine and sugar til smooth.
  2. Stir in, molasses and egg yolk.
  3. Combine flour, salt, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon, cloves, ginger, and nutmeg; blend into the molasses mix.
  4. til smooth.
  5. Cover and chill for at least 1 hour.
  6. Preheat oven to 350%.
  7. On lightly floured surface, roll the dough to 1/4 thickness.
  8. Cut into desired shapes.
  9. Place 2 inches apart on ungreased cookie sheets.
  10. Bake for 8- 10 minutes.
  11. Remove and cool.
  12. Frost and decorate.
  13. At Easter, for an added surprise, I like to dip them in melted chocolate and then decorate.
Most Helpful

I am giving this 5 stars because it makes perfectly soft chewy cookies, not hard crunchy ones. I baked them for the full 10 minutes and followed the recipe exactly. The only thing I would change is the amount of cloves - I agree with those who say it's too much cloves. Thanks for the great recipe Myrna 2!

Whirley Mom December 23, 2012

So perfect and delicious! I added 1/2 cup flour and 1/2 cup applesauce.

PortlandChick December 10, 2010

I had to add flour because the dough was really sticky but these are really good!!

Mrs. Laura December 15, 2008