Mini Gingerbread Men Cookies

50 minutes

easy

60 mini cookies

Mini Gingerbread Men Cookies are a fantastic way to have fun in the kitchen with the kids! They are made with the usual set of spices and an extra orange touch!

These Mini Gingerbread Men Cookies are the ultimate Christmas bites to make with kids! Although, beware…they are highly addictive! The mini size helps to contain the amount of sugar your kids consume. I don’t know about you, but after years of trying to decorate normal-sized gingerbread men’s cookies, I could never make them look as lovely as the pictures online. They always turn out less presentable but very devourable.

The kids will find the smaller cookies easier to decorate and more appealing. I use basic icing and Christmas-colored sprinkles for these, but if you have other sprinkles at home, go ahead and use whatever you’ve got! Or, if you don’t want to bother with the sprinkles, dip them in colored icing.

They make a fun gift to give away, too!

In our family, every year on a boring Sunday before Christmas, we have the tradition of making these. I use my kids’ Play-Doh little Gingerbread man cutter to create the small ones. They are about 5 cm high, a perfect bite for smaller kids and parents on a diet. You could also make the standard, bigger version, but these should be cooked in a different batch. If you also do the bigger version, keep them in the oven for 3 minutes longer.

The Spices

For me, Christmas smells like cinnamon and orange. As such, I make this dough slightly different by adding a touch of orange flavor and omitting the molasses or honey. I use spices that I can easily find in the store—the most important being ginger, cinnamon, and nutmeg. If you dig other spices like anis, cloves, and five-spice, add them to the mix. I think the main ones work just fine.

As a side note, spices contain lovely antioxidants and much more. Check out this link to learn about the health benefits of each spice!

mini gingerbread men cookies

How long do ground spices last?

Most spices weaken with time. They don’t go bad, per se, but they will lose their flavor, color, and potency over time. The ground spices used in this recipe have been in the pantry for about 2-3 years. That said, ginger can last 3-4 years. So, if you haven’t already, get your spices to make tasty cookies!

Kid-Friendly

The kids will love helping out every step of the way to make these Mini Gingerbread Men Cookies. They can assist in pouring the ingredients into the mixer, cutting the cookies, and, the most fun, decorating them! Keep an eye on them, though…my four-year-old tended to overdo the sprinkles. This poor gingerbread man was completely covered. Since the main idea behind making mini cookies is to reduce sugar, go easy on the sprinkles!

Royal Icing Technique

When you make the royal icing, add powdered sugar to a small bowl first. Then incorporate one tablespoon of milk at a time (it can go up to 3-4 tablespoons), and mix with a whisk until smooth. I added some food coloring, but it wasn’t necessary since they got covered in sprinkles. But kids love colors! If you can make a few icings with simple colors like red, green, and white, even better!

Also, let the cookies on the racks to cool completely, at least 5-10 minutes before decorating them. You wouldn’t want the gingerbread men to lose an arm, leg, or even worse, ahead! Then, let the magic happen with the help of the kids! No need to be super precise for these.

Storage

These cookies are dry type, meaning they will keep in shape on the counter in an air-tight container for 2-3 weeks easily. Also, if you think it’s too much dough, you can always preserve it in plastic wrap and freeze it for up to 3 months.

mini gingerbread men cookies

Mini Gingerbread Men Cookies

Mini Gingerbread Men Cookies are a fantastic way to have fun in the kitchen with kids! They are made with the usual set of spices and an extra orange touch!
5 from 6 votes
Prep Time: 30 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
resting time: 1 hour
Total Time: 1 hour 50 minutes
Course: Dessert, Snack
Cuisine: Other
Keyword: cinnamon, cookies, gingerbread men, kidfriendly, mandarin, mini
Servings: 60 mini cookies
Calories: 31kcal
Author: Marie Breton

Equipment

  • small 5cm (2 inches) gingerbread men cookie cutter or Play-Doh cutter of 5cm

Ingredients

  • 100 g unsalted butter cut into small cubes
  • 75 g dark brown sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 200 g flour
  • 60 ml orange juice or water
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp ginger powder
  • 1 tsp cinnamon powder
  • ½ tsp nutmeg

The toppings

  • 130 g powdered sugar
  • 2 tbsp milk
  • sprinkles
  • food colors of your choice

Instructions

  • Start by mixing the butter and sugar in a mixer.
  • Add the egg and the rest of the ingredients. Mix until smooth.
    mini gingerbread men dough
  • Cover the dough in plastic wrap and rest in the refrigerator for an hour.
    mini gingerbread men wrap
  • Add a bit of flour on a clean surface and the dough, and roll the dough with a rolling pin until 2mm thick.
  • Cut out shapes of little gingerbread men with the 5cm cookie cutter. Put them on a parchment paper or baking sheet.
    mini gingerbread men cutting
  • Cook in the oven at 180°C (350F°) for 6-7 minutes; you'll need to make many batches (about four).
    mini gingerbread men oven ready
  • Take the cookies out of the oven and gently move them to a cooling rack. Let them cool for 5-10 minutes before decorating.
  • Make the royal icing by mixing the powdered sugar and milk.
    mini gingerbread men icing
  • Add two drops of colouring of your choice, and move around with a wooden stick.
    mini gingerbread men cookies icing
  • Add the sprinkles to a small bowl.
    mini gingerbread men cookies
  • Decorate the cookies by dipping them in icing and sprinkles (kid's job).
    mini gingerbread men decorating

Nutrition

Calories: 31kcal | Carbohydrates: 4g | Protein: 0.5g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 0.4g | Trans Fat: 0.1g | Cholesterol: 6mg | Sodium: 20mg | Potassium: 9mg | Fiber: 0.1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 48IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 3mg | Iron: 0.2mg
Nutrition Facts
Mini Gingerbread Men Cookies
Amount per Serving
Calories
31
% Daily Value*
Fat
 
1
g
2
%
Saturated Fat
 
1
g
6
%
Trans Fat
 
0.1
g
Polyunsaturated Fat
 
0.1
g
Monounsaturated Fat
 
0.4
g
Cholesterol
 
6
mg
2
%
Sodium
 
20
mg
1
%
Potassium
 
9
mg
0
%
Carbohydrates
 
4
g
1
%
Fiber
 
0.1
g
0
%
Sugar
 
1
g
1
%
Protein
 
0.5
g
1
%
Vitamin A
 
48
IU
1
%
Vitamin C
 
1
mg
1
%
Calcium
 
3
mg
0
%
Iron
 
0.2
mg
1
%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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