Whole Wheat Gingerbread Men

Whole Wheat Gingerbread Men
It may be that I’ve gone a little loopy with all of the recent Christmas preparations, but for some reason I got really hung up on what I should call these cookies. Are they Gingerbread Men? Or are they Gingerbread Boys?  But then, I didn’t want to leave out the girls…so maybe some of them should be called Gingerbread Girls. Or maybe I just go with the politically correct name and call them Gingerbread People?

When did Christmas baking become so complicated? :)

Gingerbread Men/Boys/Girls/People/CookiesYum

1/2 cup melted butter
1/2 cup sucanat
1/2 cup molasses
1 egg
1 Tablespoon vinegar
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon ground ginger
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon ground cloves
2 1/2 cups whole wheat flour
Sucanat Powdered Sugar Frosting

Cream butter, sucanat and molasses together. Add eggs, vinegar, baking powder, ginger, baking soda and spices. Stir in flour and mix well. Cover and chill dough in the refrigerator for 2 hours (more is fine).

Roll out dough on a well floured surface to about 1/8 inch thickness. Use a cookie cutter to cut into desired shape. Bake cookies about 1 inch apart on a cookie sheet in a 375° oven for 5-8 minutes.

If you don’t put your cookies 1 inch apart on the pan, you’ll end up with one cookie kicking another cookie in the head. I tell ya, I can’t even get my cookies to behave sometimes. A mother’s work is never done…

I recommend spreading Sucanat Powdered Sugar Frosting on the cookies. I had a little bit of Chocolate Fudge Frosting leftover in the fridge and used that for faces and buttons.

I figured they wouldn’t mind if I put chocolate on their faces. I know I would never mind if someone wanted to put chocolate on my face. ;)


  1. Christy says

    I am having more trouble substituting (is that a word?) whole wheat in my cookie recipes. My taste buds are so used to the white flour in cookies….


  2. Brooke says

    Looks good. What type of molasses do you use? Last year, my friend made them with blackstrap!! Yikes, were they dark, and strong tasting! By the color of yours, it doesn’t look like you use that kind. I’ve never thought to use chocolate icing! Yum!


  3. says

    Since I don’t care much for gingerbread, my daughters and I make “gingerbread” men out of a chocolate cookie dough. I substitute some of the white flour called for in the recipe with whole wheat flour, making them at least a tad healthier!


  4. Tricia says

    My 2 year old will be so excited to make these! He loves gingerbread men…but usually calls them “The Muffin Man”. So cute!!


  5. Cathy says

    I may have to try this next year. My 2 year old helped me make sugar cookies this year. Trust me, compared to a decapitated angel, letting one gingerbread person kick the other in the head is nothing! :)


  6. Cheryl says

    This looks like a fun thing to do in a house full of kids! And if you put chocolate anywhere near my face . . . well, you know what can happen! ;)


  7. Cathy says

    Thank you for sharing this healthful and yummy-looking recipe. Do these cookies end up soft or crisp? It would be a fun project to make with my kids!


  8. Tami says

    If I weren’t so busy baking your cinnamon swirl bread, I’d love to give these a try! Maybe an after-Christmas treat. :D And since they are wearing pants, after all, I think Gingerbread men is fully appropriate.


  9. Misty says

    Interesting with the vinegar in the cookie recipe. I’ve never used that in my gingerbread before, but then again I’m fairly new to baking with all whole wheat flour.


  10. Natalie says

    I’m not a huge fan of gingerbread… I’ll have to try these and see if you can convince me to like them like the rest of the things on this site! I’ve become addicted to things I never thought I’d try.


  11. Amanda Y. says

    I think it’s wonderful and cute that you took the time to think through men/boys/girls/etc. Honest, I would decorate some (healthy sprinkles or something of the sort) so you have men & women (or boys and girls) :-)


  12. Caroline says

    My son wanted me to make gingerbread cookies today. I might try this recipe. I was looking for one with whole wheat flour. Great timing.


  13. says

    I have been thinking about making gingebread men thanks for the recipe. By the way I tried your vanilla muffins and they were a big hit over here…and the smell of them baking…heavenly.


  14. Leah says

    I had been wondering how you got darker frosting for the faces!

    I let my girls decorate their gingerbread kids with raisins before we bake them…they’re the only cookies I let them eat because then they’re healthy!


  15. Mombeam says

    “If you don’t put your cookies 1 inch apart on the pan, you’ll end up with one cookie kicking another cookie in the head. I tell ya, I can’t even get my cookies to behave sometimes. A mother’s work is never done…”

    ROFLMHO!!! Thank you for a great laugh today.


  16. Dawnette Thomas says

    How about boring ol’ “Gingerbread Cookies”? Then we don’t have to worry about leaving anyone out.


  17. Sarah says

    My daughter has decided that this year we’ll be making gingerbread girls. Usually we make frosted sugar cookies, but these will be a nice change.


  18. Andrea says

    We just made these (without the icing) and they were adorable but were more of a cracker than a cookie. I’m not partial to things that are too sweet in general, but these tasted more of a whole wheat cracker than anything else. The flour had such a strong flavor that we couldn’t taste any of the spices, which was disappointing. These were, though, very cute and are nice if you are looking for a rather healthy cracker-type snack.


  19. stacy says

    just made these using a non gluten flour mix…DELICIOUS! Thinking next time to use flax meal instead of eggs for totally allergy free cookies. zOur daughter (3.5) totally enjoyed decorating them and now we have gifts for all her favorite people!


  20. katie ore says

    how many does this make? I have a large family and usually have to double or triple but I thought I’d ask.


    Laura Reply:

    If I remember right, it makes about 18 big cookies. :)


  21. Rachele says

    Are these gingerbread men soft or crispy? They look soft, they way we like them. :)


    Laura Reply:

    I’m ridiculously behind in answering questions – so sorry! They are soft if you roll them a little thicker and pull them out of the oven when they are bit under-done. But the get crispy if you leave them in the oven longer. So everyone can make them the way they like!


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