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Easy Gingerbread man Cookies

The cutest and easiest gingerbread cookies everyone will love to decorate with delicious buttercream!
Prep Time45 mins
Cook Time8 mins
Refrigerate1 hr
Total Time1 hr 53 mins
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: christmas, gingerbread, shapes
Servings: 12


  • non-stick cookie sheets (x2)
  • #4 wilton decorating tip
  • disposable pastry bag



  • 1 box gingerbread cake mix
  • 1/4 cup water hot
  • 2 tablespoons flour
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1/2 cup buttercream icing for decoration get recipe here


  • In a large mixing bowl and using an electric mixer on medium speed with the paddle attachment, mix all the ingredients until a medium consistency dough forms, scraping the bowl with a rubber spatula as needed.
  • Divide the dough in 2 equal size balls.  Wrap each ball in a piece of plastic wrap and press down to form 1 inch thick discs.  Refrigerate for at least an hour before rolling.
  • Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
  • Roll out the dough on a lightly floured flat work surface to about 1/4 inch thickness, using additional flour as necessary to prevent sticking.  Cut out gingerbread man cookie shapes and carefully transfer with a spatula to a nonstick baking sheet placing the cookies about 3/4 inch apart.  continue rolling out the gathered scraps and remaining disc until all of the dough has been used.
  • Bake one sheet at a time n the middle of the oven for about 8 minutes or until the edges are firm.  Allow the cookies to rest for 2 minutes on the baking sheet before transferring to a wire rack to cool completely before decorating.
  • To decorate the gingerbread men, using a pastry bag filled with  white buttercream and fitted with a #4 decorating tip, pipe eyes, nose, mouth, three buttons and squiggly zigzags on arms and legs.