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4.18 from 76 votes

Soft Gingerbread Man Recipe

Soft Gingerbread Man Recipe with a nice blend of christmassy spices, the best cookies for the festive season. Kids will absolutely love them, and the grown-ups too. They taste a lot better than the store-bought gingerbread men, and are quick and easy to make. A must-try recipe! The gingerbread men cookies are chewy and have the right amount of spices, and are a very popular at Christmas. Or, why not at Halloween, a spooky skeleton gingerbread man cookie is always fun to make.
Prep Time40 minutes
Cook Time20 minutes
Total Time1 hour
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: International
Servings: 20 cookies
Calories: 150kcal


  • 350 g flour
  • 175 g dark brown muscovado sugar
  • 100 g butter
  • 80 g golden syrup (or honey)
  • 1 teaspoon bicarbonate of soda
  • 1 tablespoon cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon mixed spice
  • 1 ½ tablespoon ground ginger
  • 1 egg
  • icing for decorating (optional)


  • Cut the butter in small cubes and put it in a pan over a low heat.
  • Add the muscovado sugar and the golden syrup and gently stir until the butter has melted and the mixture is smooth.
  • Remove from the heat and set aside to cool.
  • In a large pan, sift the flour and add the ground ginger, mixed spice, cinnamon and bicarbonate of soda.
  • Crack an egg and beat slightly.
  • Make a well in the middle of the flour and add the egg and the buttery mixture.
  • Knead gently for a few minutes until it forms a dough.
  • Make a ball, cover in cling film and refrigerate for 30 minutes.
  • Transfer the dough to the working surface and use a rolling pin to roll the dough, it should have approximately ¼ cm in thickness.
  • Use gingerbread cookie cutters to cut out shapes.
  • Transfer them onto a baking tray lined with non-stick paper, working in batches.
  • 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
  • Allow to cool completely, then decorate with icing if you wish.



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  • These cookies are baked just for long enough to have a soft and chewy texture. If you want crispy gingerbread men that snap well, bake the cookies for a longer - I would add at least 5 more minutes, keeping an eye on them not to burn.


Calories: 150kcal | Carbohydrates: 25g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 4g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 18mg | Sodium: 104mg | Potassium: 36mg | Sugar: 11g | Vitamin A: 135IU | Calcium: 16mg | Iron: 1mg