Dairy-Free Gingerbread Men Cookies
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This very popular recipe was shared with us by McCormick, and has been adapted just a bit. See the post above for more Recipe Tips and options. Please note that the Prep time is hands-on time only. Allow 4 hours or overnight for the dough to chill.
Serves: 24 cookies
  • 3 cups flour
  • 2 teaspoons ground ginger
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • ¼ teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • ¾ cup dairy-free buttery sticks, softened (see Recipe Tips above)
  • ¾ cup firmly-packed brown sugar
  • ½ cup molasses (see Recipe Tips above)
  • 1 egg (can use an egg sub, if needed)
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • Royal icing (recipe below), for decorating (optional)
  1. In large bowl, whisk together the flour, ginger, cinnamon, baking soda, nutmeg, and salt.
  2. Add the buttery sticks and brown sugar to a large mixing bowl. Beat with a mixer on medium speed until light and slightly fluffy. Add the molasses, egg, and vanilla and beat until well combined.
  3. With the mixer on low, gradually beat in the flour mixture until thick dough forms. You might need to stir it if the dough is too thick for your mixer.
  4. Shape the dough into a thick disk, and wrap it in plastic wrap. Refrigerate the dough for at least 4 hours or overnight.
  5. Preheat your oven to 350ºF and line baking sheets with parchment paper.
  6. On a lightly floured surface, roll out the dough to ¼-inch thickness. If it's cracking, let the dough rest and warm slightly for a few minutes.
  7. Cut into gingerbread men shapes using a 5-inch cookie cutter. Carefully transfer the cut outs to your prepared baking sheets, about 1 inch apart.
  8. Bake for 8 to 10 minutes, or until the edges of the cookies are set and just begin to brown.
  9. Let the gingerbread men cookies cool on the baking sheets for 1 to 2 minutes before removing them to a wire rack to cool completely.
  10. Once completely cool, you can decorate!
Royal Icing: Sift 1 pound powdered sugar into a large mixing bowl. Add 6 tablespoons warm water, 3 tablespoons powdered egg whites (see Recipe Tips above for egg-free option), and 1 teaspoon vanilla extract. Beat with an electric mixer on high for 5 to 7 minutes, or until stiff peaks form and the icing is fluffy and glossy. Spoon or pipe the icing onto cookies to decorate.
Recipe by Go Dairy Free at https://www.godairyfree.org/recipes/dairy-free-gingerbread-men-cookies