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/Cookies

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. ;)

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  1. Dawnette Thomas says

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


  2. 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.


  3. 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.


  4. 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!


  5. 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. :)


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