Making Gingerbread Man Cookies

A blog reader sent me this cookbook…

I pulled it out the other day and started paging through.  This recipe caught my eye…

I love gingerbread cookies and ginger bread.  I immediately looked at the clock trying to figure out if I had time to make them before the kids got off the bush.  Note, they need to chill in the refrigerator for 2-3 hours.

If I hurried, I’d have enough time…so Gannon and I got to baking.

As I was pouring the molasses, Gannon said, “Oh…Chocolate.”  I said not that’s not chocolate and I didn’t think he’d like it.  He wanted to try it so I let him.  I was sure he was going to sputter and spit it out.  He didn’t.  He asked for more.  What kid does that??

The recipe was very easy and we had them mixed and cooling in the refrigerator in no time.

Gannon loved the dough too.  No eggs in this recipe so no worries.

I was hoping Gannon would be awake when it came time to roll out cookies…but he wasn’t so that task was left to me.

I put nine on a pan not knowing if they would puff up and spread out.  They got raisins for eyes and on their belly.

Here they are out of the oven.

So cute…and so good.

I really liked these.  I might omit the Allspice next time.  The Carver and on of the afterschool girls didn’t like them as they were “too spicy”.  I wonder if leaving the allspice out might help with that.

Notice I did say next time I make as I definitely will be making them again.  I always shy away from roll out cookies thinking the are “so much work”.  Really they weren’t much work at all.  Give the recipe a try and let me know what you think.

17 thoughts on “Making Gingerbread Man Cookies”

  1. such a small amount of allspice to create a too spicey gingerbread cooky. none of them looks like that much. maybe a glass of milk to dunk them would help. hahahahaha

  2. I’ll try to find that cookbook – I live in a county that borders Holmes Co. OH.
    I love all things gingerbread or molasses – and I used to eat molasses as a kid. My mother used to look for ways to “fatten” me up, so I was allowed to eat all that I wanted! BTW, molasses has iron in it, which my mother knew.
    Try it again with a little less ginger – that might help the spiciness for the kids. (But I love it! :) )

  3. A question about the Spam cookies–what is the yield? I don’t want to have a LOT of them but my husband would love for me to make some before his brother visits.

    1. Sadly I don’t know. I’ve only made them a few times and then I had people eating them as they came out of the oven. No time to count!! I’m sure they would freeze fine.

  4. Rebecca Hoetger

    Jo, I read that now it’s suspected that it’s the flour, not the eggs, that poses the health risk. Apparently it’s the connection with soil and what could be lurking there.

  5. Dianne winter

    My husband loves gingerbread cookies. Of course we buy them in the bag. They are strong but om getting use to them. I keep them in a tin cookie jar as it keeps them crisp.. I’m getting use to them and I hear jinger is good for you.

  6. Judith M Fairchild

    Jo, don’t cut out the spices reduce them by half. That way the taste is there just not mouth burning. Theyooked so good!!!

  7. Hi Jo, this recipe looks good, I think I’ll give it a try. I also tend to avoid cookie recipes that require rolling out, like you said, it seems like “too much work “. But these might be nice to make with my 4yo grandson.

  8. It’s probably the amount of ginger in the recipe that makes them “spicy”, not the allspice. Looks like fun!

  9. Well that recipe looked so good, I just got online and ordered both the #1 and #2 cookbooks by that name!!! Thanks for the recommendation.

  10. If you turn your gingerbread boys or men upside down you have reindeer,just the heads( take a look ) my grandchildren loved doing them both ways.

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