Nov 06


(Video & Recipe) How to Make Gingerbread Cut-Out Cookies & Decorate Gingerbread Men with Royal Icing

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It  may seem strange to be sharing holiday cookies in early November, but the beautiful thing about cookies, is that they freeze really well, and I love getting a head start on holiday baking. I hope you can forgive me for being so early. I’ve also got so many ideas to share with you… I’m going to try and get them all in before Christmas! If you’d like to start baking and decorating early, click on the links to find posts on freezing cookies, thawing cookies and the shelf life of cookies.


For my video tutorials, generally I focus on the decorating aspect, but making the dough may be helpful for you too. So, after 7 years of blogging, I’m finally sharing a video on how I make my go-to gingerbread cut-out cookie dough. Near the end of the video I’ll also share how I decorated these gingerbread men.

How To Make Gingerbread Cut Out Cookie Dough and Decorate Gingerbread Man Cookies


Thanks to Miss Kate Cuttables for allowing me to share the gingerbread man design which I purchased on their site here. I had the cookie cutter custom made through How Sweet is That?, but the cutters are not allowed to be sold. You can also find the recipes and decorating tools etc. below.


Gingerbread Cookie Recipe

The gingerbread cookie recipe can be found at the end of the post. There are other cut-out cookie recipes here.

What you’ll need (these are affiliate links):

I used a large rolling pin and the*Dough E-Z Mat to roll out the dough. You’ll also need baking sheets.

*I would like you to know that I will receive an affiliate commission if you purchase the Dough E-Z mat through my site and I only recommend products that I love and use myself. You can get 10% off your purchase of the Dough E-Z mat with coupon code sweetopia.


Royal Icing

You can find my favorite royal icing recipe here. The consistency of icing is key for easy decorating. Click here to see a YouTube video on finding the right icing thickness.

Decorating Items

What you’ll need (these are affiliate links):


Decorating Steps

This video on outlining and flooding is a good place to start if you’re new to decorating cookies with royal icing. These cookie decorating basics YouTube videos may also be helpful to get you started.

Besides the video tutorial on YouTube which I’ve shared here, I’ve also shared a few how-to videos on Instagram, which you can see here. (And an example below). You can find tutorial for the gingerbread boy’s counterpart, the gingerbread girl, here.

A video posted by Marian Poirier (@sweetopia_) on

If  you have any questions or comments please feel free to drop me a line below in the comment section or on social media. You can find me on FacebookGoogle+InstagramPinterestTwitter and YouTube.

Happy baking!



Gingerbread Cut-Out Cookie Recipe

Yield: Approx. 30 cookies (depending on size and shape)


  • 800 g all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder *omit if you do not want cookies to spread/rise
  • 250 g unsalted butter
  • 1 cup packed dark-brown sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 cup molasses
  • 3 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 3 teaspoons ground ginger
  • 1 teaspoons ground cloves
  • 1 teaspoon salt


  1. In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment; mix butter and brown sugar on medium speed until fluffy. Scrape down the sides of the bowl and spatula as needed.
  2. Mix in eggs, one at a time, and then molasses. Reduce speed to low. Scrape down bowl as needed.
  3. Sift together flour, spices and salt and add to bowl; mix on low until just combined. Note that you would sift in the baking powder here as well, if you aren't concerned about the cookies spreading. Even environment and ingredients used affect baking, so if your dough is a bit sticky add flour until it's soft to the touch but doesn't stick to your fingers.
  4. Roll dough out between parchment or the Dough E-Z mat, and let it rest by refrigerating until cold, about 1 hour.
  5. Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Cut out cookie shapes and place on baking sheet lined with parchment paper, approximately 2 inches apart, and re-roll out dough and cut shapes as needed. Refrigerate until firm; at least 15 minutes to 1 hour.
  6. Bake cookies until lightly golden; 10 to 14 minutes, depending on the size and thickness of the cookie. Let cool on sheets on wire racks and serve as is or decorate with royal icing.

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  1. Marilyn
    November 7, 2016 at 8:36 pm | Permalink

    Those gingerbread cookies are adorable! I too like getting started on Christmas baking early. Your video is really helpful and as always I’m in awe of your piping skills. I will keep practising. Thanks for your inspiration Marian

    • marian
      November 7, 2016 at 9:54 pm | Permalink

      Hi Marilyn,
      Thanks so much for your comment! I really do enjoy it when I see you here again. 🙂 About the piping skills… I think they look more impressive in fast forward, haha, but practice definitely has helped. I hope you enjoy your baking and decorating and if you have some photos you’d like to share on social media somewhere I’d love to see them! (Email works too btw).

  2. Martha
    November 13, 2016 at 5:29 pm | Permalink

    Hi Marian – I LOVE your site and I am so grateful that you share your information, it is so very helpful. I plan on making your gingerbread cookies, however, I do not measure in grams… How do I do that, or how can I convert to cup measurements for the flour and the unsalted butter? Also, when the recipe yields approximately 30 cookies, what approximate size cookie would that be, i.e, are your gingerbread cookies 4″ long? Thank you again for sharing your knowledge and talent!!

  3. November 14, 2016 at 7:43 am | Permalink

    Marian, this video is so so helpful!!
    And the “outlines” you piped (Gingerbread Man) – PERFECTION!

    Loved to watch the video and your photos are so so beautiful too.

    Proud to call you my creative friend <3

    Love you,

    • marian
      November 15, 2016 at 7:11 pm | Permalink

      Thanks so much Niner! xo

  4. Stephanie Hand
    November 15, 2016 at 12:16 pm | Permalink

    Marian, I think you have mentioned this before, but can you remind us of what thickness you roll your cookies out to? Love your posts as usual! Thanks for being such a great teacher!

  5. Carolyn
    November 18, 2016 at 10:52 pm | Permalink

    Love all of your videos!! I’d love to win the giveaway!

  6. Christopher
    December 13, 2016 at 8:38 pm | Permalink

    I would to try these delicious looking cookies but how much butter and flour would I use in cups?

    • marian
      December 13, 2016 at 8:58 pm | Permalink

      Hi Christopher,

      You would need 1 cup of butter and about 6 cups of flour. For the flour, you may need to add flour if it’s sticky, especially if you’re working in a humid environment. Add 1/4 cup of flour at a time until you’re happy with the texture. When you pinch some dough between your fingers it should be soft to the touch but not sticky.
      Happy baking!

  7. Natalia
    December 22, 2016 at 1:03 pm | Permalink

    Thank you for sharing your video! I would like to give it a try, but cannot find molasses in our local shops. Is it possible to replace it with anything, i.e. Honey?

    Thank you 🙂

  8. November 21, 2018 at 1:05 pm | Permalink

    Hi Marian-

    Do you recall what Americolor you used for the brown body and beige outline?


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