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Our Family’s Gingerbread Men & Women Recipe

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  • Yield: 18-24 1x


  • 1/2 cup butter, room temperature
  • 3/4 cup packed dark brown sugar
  • 1/3 cup molasses
  • 1 large egg
  • 2 tablespoons water
  • 1 teaspoon Giant Tiger vanilla extract
  • 22/3 cups Giant Tiger all-purpose flour
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 2 tsp ground ginger
  • 1 tsp ground allspice
  • 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp ground nutmeg

For the frosting:

  • 2 cups powdered sugar
  • 4 tablespoons milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract


  1. In a medium-sized mixing bowl, combine butter and brown sugar until smooth.
  2. Add in egg, molasses, water and vanilla extract, stir until well blended.
  3. In a separate medium-sized bowl, sift together flour, baking soda, salt, and all the spices. Stir to combine.
  4. Fold the flour mixture into the creamed mixture and stir until a dough begins to form.
  5. Using your hands, work the dough into a ball.
  6. Diving the dough into two balls and wrap in plastic wrap.
  7. Place in the refrigerator for 30 minutes.
  8. Preheat the oven to 350 F.
  9. Remove a portion of the dough from the refrigerator and roll it out to a ?- inch thickness, on a clean and floured surface.
  10. Cut out shapes using your cookie cutters and place approx. 2 inches apart on baking sheets lined with Giant Tiger parchment paper.
  11. Bake for 8-10 minutes. Remove from oven and allow to cool completely before frosting.
  12. To make the frosting, add milk and vanilla to a medium-sized mixing bowl, gradually add in the powdered sugar in increments, stirring to combine. Add food colouring of your choice.
  13. Optional: fill up a piping bag and use a small circular decorating tip or cut a small hole of 1mm wide to pipe icing onto cookies.