Day 320: Skinny Gingerbread Men


Gingerbread is easy to make with less butter than most cookies – they’re still crispy-crunchy, spicy and sugary – everything you want in a gingerbread man. So here are some to go with your skinny latte.

During the holidays, everyone needs a recipe for gingerbread people. Of course the dough also makes great stars, trees, and snowmen, and is worth the effort just for the way they make your house smell.

Skinny Gingerbread Men


November 15, 2008


1/4 cup butter, softened

1/2 cup packed brown sugar

3/4 cup dark molasses

1/3 cup cold water

3 1/2 cups all-purpose flour, or half all-purpose, half whole wheat

1 tsp. baking soda

2 tsp. cinnamon

1 tsp. ground ginger

1/2 tsp. allspice

1/2 tsp. salt

1/4 tsp. ground cloves


1In a large bowl, beat butter, brown sugar, molasses and water with an electric mixer or by hand until smooth. In another large bowl, stir together the flour, baking soda, cinnamon, ginger, allspice, salt and cloves.

2Add the flour mixture to the molasses mixture, stirring by hand just until you have a soft dough. Divide the dough in half, shape each piece into a disc, wrap in plastic and refrigerate for 2 hours or up to a few days.

3When you’re ready to bake, preheat the oven to 350°F.

4On a lightly floured surface or between two pieces of waxed or parchment paper, roll one piece of dough out about 1/8” thick. Cut out with cookie cutters and place about an inch apart on a cookie sheet that has been sprayed with nonstick spray.

5Bake for 12–15 minutes, until set. Bake a few minutes longer for crispier cookies. Transfer to a wire rack to cool. Repeat with remaining dough, rerolling scraps once to get as many cookies as possible. Makes 3 dozen cookies.


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12 comments on “Day 320: Skinny Gingerbread Men

  1. robyn
    November 16, 2008 at 12:00 pm

    I love it! Mike serving Michael. He wears the hat well! Change of career maybe?

    Who babysat?

  2. Carolann
    November 16, 2008 at 2:01 pm

    Never say ‘Turkey again’ – I could eat it daily, in fact last nites supper consisted of small turkey breast, cranberry sauce I dug up from last year’s canning and of course mashed potatos. Would love to see your son’s face with the gingerbread men. What went first, the eyes or the main cookie?

  3. sue d.
    November 16, 2008 at 8:35 pm

    go Mike! You wear it well!

  4. Tina
    November 17, 2008 at 8:39 am

    I once made some gingerbread with pepper in it – it was more of a grownup version, I guess, and really good. Anyway, can’t find the recipe. Anyone ever made these?

  5. A
    November 17, 2008 at 8:40 am

    Mike is obviosly feeling better.

  6. A
    November 17, 2008 at 8:41 am

    oops missed the u

  7. Lana
    November 17, 2008 at 9:26 am

    If you had not said that that was Mike, I would not have recognized him! Wow.
    Keep the chef’s hat! haha.
    Been sick for a week and therefore away from the much to catch up on.
    All I want for Christmas this year is to be your assistant on your trip to Jasper next year!

  8. Jill
    November 17, 2008 at 12:09 pm

    Now I know why I didn’t spot Mike at JPL this weekend, his hair is gone!

  9. Christina
    November 17, 2008 at 3:00 pm

    OMG I love Michael Smith!! That Christmas in November looks amazing! I hope to go sometime! Love this blog!!

  10. Elsbeth
    November 29, 2008 at 6:30 pm

    Thanks so much for the cookie recipe – have started planning the Christmas baking list and was hoping to skinny it up as much as possible (to avoid sabotaging my own skinnying up). Your book is on my list for Santa. Love the blog.

  11. janna
    December 10, 2010 at 5:39 pm

    Just made gingerbread ladies. Yum! Great recipe – thank you!

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