Gingerbread Boy Cookie Recipe

What would the holidays be without a perfect gingerbread boy cookie recipe?

Gingerbread Boy Cookie Recipe

Sugar, spice, and everything nice… we could all use a little more of these things in our lives. Start celebrating today with these cookies which win in the category of “Most likely to make someone smile.”

Makes about 12 three-inch gingies

Gingerbread Boy Cookies

Preheat oven to 350°F.

  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened
  • 3/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon cinnamon
  • 2 teaspoons ginger
  • 2 teaspoons cloves
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons nutmeg
  • 1 teaspoon white pepper
  • 1/2 cup molasses
  • 1 egg
  • 2 cups flour
  • 1-2 cups powdered sugar (for rolling out cookies)

Cream butter and sugar together. Add baking soda, salt, cinnamon, ginger, cloves, nutmeg, white pepper, molasses, and eggs. Mix until well-combined. Slowly add flour. Mix just until combined. Refrigerate for about 1 hour or until dough has chilled.

Roll out gingery goodness onto a lightly powdered sugar surface to about 1/4th of an inch thick. Powdered sugar is better than flour since it won’t leave you with floury cookie bottoms.

Swoosh cookie cutter in powdered sugar for easy release from dough each time you cut out a gingerbread boy. Place on parchment-lined half sheet pan.

Everyone alike every one unique.

In line for the oven. Bake for about 8 minutes. Allow gingerbread boys to cool completely. Decorate with a simple powdered sugar frosting or a dry-fast royal icing.

Powdered Sugar Frosting

  • 1 1/2 cups powdered sugar
  • 2 tablespoons water

Stir well and pipe with a decorating bag onto gingerbread boys. Allow to dry overnight or for several hours before plating or wrapping.


  • 3 tablespoons meringue powder or egg white powder
  • 4 cups (about 1 lb.) confectioners’ sugar
  • 6 tablespoons warm water

Beat all ingredients until icing forms peaks (about 7-10 minutes).

Keep all utensils completely grease-free for proper icing consistency.

Using a decorating bag, fill in the cookies with royal sugar frosting.

Happy, spicy cookies. May your holiday season be filled opportunities to quite literally spread smiles to everyone you love.

P.S. Little miniatures make a big impression at dinner parties.


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