Soft Gingerbread Man Cookies

Soft Gingerbread Man Cookies with a nice blend of spices, the best cookie recipe for the festive season. Kids will absolutely love them, and the grown-ups too. They taste a lot better than the store-bought ones, and are quick and easy to make. A must-try recipe!

A hand holding a gingerbread man cookie

Have you got a kind of food that always reminds you of a special celebration, or an important day, or just a memory from your childhood?

When I think of gingerbread man cookies, I automatically think of Christmas, of warm spices, of cold weather, town buzzing with people getting ready for Christmas.

I don’t know what it is, but it feels so peaceful though. Christmas had this effect on people, I suppose. It does make you a bit soft, isn’t it?

So, if you wondered how to make gingerbread man cookies that smell and taste like Christmas, this is the best recipe for you.

A gingerbread man cookie cutter cutting gignerbread man cookie shapes out of the rolled dough

How do you make soft gingerbread man cookies?

l must say this is the easiest dough l’ve worked with, it does not stick to the working surface or the rolling pin and it is very easy to shape. And it’s yummy.

First, melt the butter in a pan set over a low heat, add the muscovado sugar and golden syrup (or honey) and stir well to get a smooth runny paste. DO NOT skip this step, otherwise the muscovado sugar will make the dough lumpy. Leave to cool.

In a large bowl, sift the flour, add the bicarbonate of soda and the spices, beat an egg and add it to the flour together with the cooled butter mixture.

Knead gently into a ball, cover with cling film and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes. Once chilled, roll the dough, and use gingerbread man cookie cutters to cut up shapes.

How long so I bake the gingerbread man cookies for?

Have the oven pre-heated at 200 degrees Celsius (394 Fahrenheit). Bake the cookies for about 7 minutes, or up to 10 minutes if using a very large gingerbread man cookie cutter.

Overhead shot of 9 gingerbread man cookies on a black background

What do gingerbread cookies taste like?

The spices used for these cookies give a special fragrance and taste that I can’t have enough of. I can feel the heat coming from the ginger, but it is not a very strong one.

If you use muscovado sugar, you will get an even deeper aroma than if you use just light brown sugar. Again, the golden syrup will be richer than honey, so that again will make the taste slightly different.

But one thing is sure, these gingerbread man cookies are nice and soft, yet chewy at the same time. They don’t really have that snap people like, which I am happy with, since I don’t really like hard cookies.

You can choose not to decorate them, it is all up to you. Bigger supermarket will sell either icing or melted chocolate  that can be used for decorating the gingerbread cookies, unless you want to make it yourself.

And do you know what is the best thing about these gingerbread men cookies? That you can get the kids to help, they would just love to get their little hands dirty.

What a fun they would have! I know kids can be (way too) messy, so your kitchen would probably end up being a desaster, but hey hoo, at least you have a great time.

Other Chirstmas cookies you will love:

Ginger Snaps

Linzer cookies

Cranberry orange shortbread cookies

Christmas Iced Sugar Cookies

Gignerbead man cookies decorated with melted white chocolate

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4.26 from 35 votes
Overehead shot of 7 gingerbread man cookies decorated with icing
Soft Gingerbread Man Cookies
Prep Time
40 mins
Cook Time
20 mins
Total Time
1 hr

Gingerbread Man Cookies with a nice blend of spices, the best cookie recipe for the festive season. Kids will absolutely love them, and the grown-ups too. They taste a lot better than the store-bought ones, and are quick and easy to make. A must-try recipe!

Course: Dessert
Cuisine: International
Keyword: christmas cookies
Servings: 20 cookies
Calories: 150 kcal
Author: Daniela Anderson
  • 350 g flour
  • 175 g dark brown muscovado sugar
  • 100 g butter
  • 80 g golden syrup (or honey)
  • 1 tsp bicarbonate of soda
  • 1 tbsp cinnamon
  • 1 tbsp ground ginger
  • 1 egg
  • icing for decorating (optional)
  1. Cut the butter in small cubes and put it in a pan over a low heat.
  2. Add the muscovado sugar and the golden syrup and gently stir until the butter has melted and the mixture is smooth.
  3. Remove from the heat and set aside to cool.
  4. In a large pan, sift the flour and add the ground ginger, cinnamon and bicarbonate of soda.
  5. Crack an egg and beat slightly.
  6. Make a well in the middle of the flour and add the egg and the buttery mixture.
  7. Knead gently for a few minutes until it forms a dough.
  8. Make a ball, cover in cling film and refrigerate for 30 minutes.
  9. Transfer the dough to the working surface and use a rolling pin to roll the dough, it should have approximately 1/4 cm in thickness.
  10. Bake in the preheated oven at 200 degrees Celsius (390 degrees Fahrenheit) for about 8 minutes, checking it regularly. Depending on your cookie cutter size, they might take between 7-10 minutes

  11. Allow to cool completely, then decorate with icing if you wish.
Recipe Notes
  • If you'd like to see the ingredients listed in cups and ounces, please check the US Customary Link.
  • Also, the amount of ingredients changes depending on the servings, so click on the number listed to change it to the number you prefer.
Nutrition Facts
Soft Gingerbread Man Cookies
Amount Per Serving
Calories 150 Calories from Fat 36
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 4g 6%
Saturated Fat 2g 10%
Cholesterol 18mg 6%
Sodium 104mg 4%
Potassium 36mg 1%
Total Carbohydrates 25g 8%
Sugars 11g
Protein 2g 4%
Vitamin A 2.7%
Calcium 1.6%
Iron 5.5%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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  • Reply
    December 12, 2015 at 6:26 pm

    Gorgeous and fun!

  • Reply
    Lynz Real Cooking
    December 12, 2015 at 9:23 pm

    very nice Daniela!

  • Reply
    December 13, 2015 at 9:19 pm

    Your little gingerbread family and Christmas tree look perfect for Christmas, Daniela. Gingerbread has only recently featured in the British Christmas celebrations. I think it’s something that has caught on from the U.S. I’ve noticed it in some of the shops this year. i love gingerbread and would happily make it all year round! Your recipe looks a nice easy one, too. 🙂

    • Reply
      Daniela Apostol
      December 14, 2015 at 2:00 pm

      Thank you ? I used to love gingerbread as a child, but in my country they are not a traditional Christmas desser. They are sold at any funfair though, as kids love them.

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    September 17, 2017 at 4:22 pm

    Can’t wait for Christmas, looks deleicious.

    • Reply
      Daniela Anderson
      September 18, 2017 at 11:23 am

      Oh l love Christmas! I’m looking forward to it too!

  • Reply
    Jay Gough
    December 10, 2017 at 1:01 pm

    Just made these. My little boy loves them. Thank you x

    • Reply
      Daniela Anderson
      December 10, 2017 at 3:35 pm

      I’m very happy he liked them, my little one loves them too. x

  • Reply
    December 10, 2017 at 5:31 pm

    Is this recipe for soft gingerbread men or do they have a nice snap to them?

    • Reply
      Daniela Anderson
      December 10, 2017 at 8:37 pm

      Thank you for your comment! It depends entirely how long you bake them for. If you bake them for 7-8 minutes, they will be on the softer side. They do harden, but they won’t have that much snap. If you bake them for 9-10 minutes, they will get the snap, but do keep an eye on them not to burn the edges, if they are left for too long. I prefer them on the softer side tough, so I usually bake them for 8 minutes, given my cookie cutter.

  • Reply
    December 18, 2017 at 4:20 am

    Ah thank you! I’ve been looking for a good gingerbread men recipe, I’ll try this out 🙂

    Julia // The Sunday Mode

  • Reply
    December 13, 2018 at 2:04 am

    What is the measurement on the brown sugar? All it says on either metric or US is “175”.

    • Reply
      Daniela Anderson
      December 13, 2018 at 12:36 pm

      Hi! Thank you for your comment, I have updated the ingredients now, it’s about 6 ounces of brown sugar.

  • Reply
    Anastasia Wilkinson
    April 5, 2019 at 6:16 pm

    Such a fun recipe, thank you! One question though, for the butter mixture, must the sugar dissolve completely before you leave it to cool?

    • Reply
      Daniela Anderson
      April 6, 2019 at 6:38 pm

      I’m glad you like the recipe. The sugar does not have to be completely dissolved, but when you use muscovado sugar, it tends to be a bit lumpy, hence why it’s mixed with the butter and syrup to make it smoother. Just mix it well,and it should be ok.

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