Gingerbread Men—

for the fun of it!

PHOTO.NEW.PATSYsized for porchscene

By Southfacin’ Cook Patsy Brumfield

Years ago, my mother got a yen for English afternoon tea and was given a cookbook with recipes for scones, gingerbread, biscuits etc., which you’d expect to serve for such an occasion.

1.afternoon tea

Recently, my sister gave me an adorable cookie cutter in the shape of a tiny man – perfect for classic gingerbread. So, that’s what I did in anticipation that my grandson, James, would love them. Of course, he will have no idea what they are but he’ll surely like the taste.

Here’s how it goes, from “The Pleasures of Afternoon Tea” by Angela Hynes. Inside its cover, the book gets more nostalgic with Christmas 1990 childhood signatures from my kids to my mother.

If you don’t fancy GB men, find cute seasonable cookie cutters and make some fun anyway!



Equipment: Mixing bowl, small saucepan, 2 large baking sheets, rubber spatula, metal spatula, rolling pin, measuring equipment, plastic wrap, cookie cutters, wire cooling racks.




2 cups all-purpose flour

½ teaspoon baking soda

½ teaspoon salt

½ teaspoon ground gingerbread

½ teaspoon ground cinnamon

¼ teaspoon ground cloves

½ cup molasses

¼ cup sugar

3 tablespoon solid vegetable shortening

1 tablespoon milk



3. recipe

Sift flour, baking soda, salt, ginger, cinnamon and cloves into a medium-size bowl; set aside.

In a small saucepan, whisk together molasses, sugar, shortening and milk. Bring to a boil and remove immediately from heat.

Make a well in the center of dry ingredients, then pour in molasses mixture. Stir into a soft dough. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate an hour.

4.cookie cutter

Preheat oven to 375. Grease baking sheets; set aside. Turn out dough and cut in half. Place half onto a very lightly floured surface. With a floured rolling pin (I use a glass), roll out dough to a thickness of about 1/8 inch. Cut out cookies and place on baking sheet.

Bake 8-12 minutes or until cookies are deep brown. Move to cooling racks. Makes about 15 standard gingerbread men or a couple of dozen smaller cookies. (My tiny cutter made about 60 men!)

5.gingerbread men

NOTE: If you want to ice them with faces and buttons, use the icing recipe on the packaging for powdered sugar. Or mix powdered sugar and condensed milk to an icing consistency. I used a toothpick to “paint” eyes, smiles and buttons on the gingerbread men. Kind of tedious, but the result was good enough for kids.


Photos by Patsy Brumfield except header photo, which is licensed under CC By 4.0 — linked to



2 thoughts on “Gingerbread Men—for the fun of it! By Southfacin’ Cook Patsy Brumfield

  1. Joe Goodell

    Patsy : Many salutes, ooo-oo-o-o’s, aah-h-h’s, congrats and thanks to you and your mom for what promises to be a super treat. If you and grandson James don’t have a copyright lock on this gem may I please share the recipe with my daughter whose sons Dylan (5th birthday coming up) and Ethan would delight in, first assisting their mom with the making, and then delight with no one assisting in the eating. GB men cookies ….. certainly one of my favorites from way back.
    Cheers !! Joe Goodell, Madison MS

  2. Bill Carpenter

    Very nice…brings back some fond memories!

    One quick detail…you listed “1/2 teaspoon ground gingerbread”…and I assume you meant “ground (fresh?) ginger.”

    Thanks for the recipe…I love ginger snaps and will prolly whip this one up soon.

    Peace and Love – Bill

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