Christmas, Dessert, Recipes

Gingerbread People with Glaze Frosting

Here are the recipes that I promised. It made around three dozen cookies and I made gingerbread people, trees, and snowflakes. With the glaze I had to add more milk then it called for. With the cookies I took them out after 10 mins.

Update: 12/20/20 – I updated the gingerbread people recipe, this one made maybe 2 dozen. They actually came out better then the old recipe.

Gingerbread People

Sugar Spun Run
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Chill Time 3 hours
Total Time 3 hours 30 minutes
Course Dessert
Servings 2 dozen


  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened
  • 1/2 cup light or dark brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup molasses
  • 1 egg
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 1/2 cup  all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 1/2 tsp ground ginger
  • 1 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp ground cloves
  • 1/4 tsp ground nutmeg


  • Using a stand mixer or electric mixer, combine butter and sugar and beat until well-creamed.
  • Add molasses and beat until combined (mixture may look piecey, this is OK).
  • Stir in egg and vanilla extract.
  • In a separate, medium-sized bowl, whisk together flour, baking soda, salt, and spices.
  • With mixer on low speed, gradually add dry ingredients to wet until completely combined.
  • Scrape dough roughly into a ball (it will be sticky, use a spatula), wrap completely in plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least 3 hours or overnight.
  • Once dough has chilled, preheat oven to 375F (175C).
  • Generously flour a clean surface and lightly flour the dough as well.
  • Use a rolling pin to roll the dough to ¼” thickness, and use a cookie cutter (my cookie cutter for these was about 3.5” long) to cut out shapes. Transfer to a parchment paper lined cookie sheet (or an ungreased cookie sheet), transfer to 375F oven, and bake for 8-10 minutes.
  • Allow cookies to cool on baking sheet for at least 5 minutes then transfer to cooling rack to cool completely before decorating.
  • Once cookies have cooled, prepare frosting and decorate.

Simple Cookie Glaze

Prep Time 10 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Course Dessert


  • 2 1/4 cup confectioners' sugar, sifted
  • 2 tbsp  light corn syrup or honey
  • 1 or 2 tbsp milk
  • food coloring, optional


  • Mix all of the ingredients together. Stir until smooth; a fork works fine. The glaze should be thick, but soft enough to "settle" when you spread it. If the glaze is too thick, dribble in another teaspoon of milk, 1/2 teaspoon at a time.
  • Glaze one cookie and set it aside briefly. The glaze won't be perfectly smooth when you apply it, but should settle into a smooth surface within half a minute or so. Has the glaze settled into a smooth surface? If so, it's the right consistency. Remember, it's easier to add more liquid than to stir in more sugar, so start with a glaze that's thicker than you think it should be, then add milk little by little to adjust the consistency.
  • Add food color, if you like; gel paste food colors are preferable, as they yield vibrant color, and don't alter the liquid/sugar ratio as regular food colors might.

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