Chocolate Gingerbread Men

Chocolate Gingerbread Men


"Spicy chocolate gingerbread men will make your cookie tray stand out this year, and they make great gifts, too."


2 h 10 m servings 113 cals
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Original recipe yields 40 servings



  • Calories:
  • 113 kcal
  • 6%
  • Fat:
  • 5.1 g
  • 8%
  • Carbs:
  • 16.6g
  • 5%
  • Protein:
  • 1.6 g
  • 3%
  • Cholesterol:
  • 14 mg
  • 5%
  • Sodium:
  • 50 mg
  • 2%

Based on a 2,000 calorie diet

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  1. Melt the chocolate in the top of a double boiler or in a heatproof bowl over simmering water, stirring occasionally until smooth. Set aside to cool.
  2. In a large bowl, sift together the flour, cocoa, baking soda, and salt. Set aside. In a large bowl with an electric mixer on medium speed, beat the butter, brown sugar, white sugar, ginger, cinnamon, cloves, and nutmeg until the mixture is light and fluffy, about 2 minutes. Add the molasses, egg, and melted chocolate and continue beating on medium speed for an additional 2 minutes. On low speed, slowly add the dry ingredients and mix just until combined.
  3. Transfer the dough to a flat surface and flatten into a disk. Cover with plastic wrap and chill in the refrigerator for at least 1 hour, or up to 5 days.
  4. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Line two cookie sheets with parchment paper.
  5. Divide the chilled dough into four equal quarters, leaving three quarters in the refrigerator. Lightly flour a flat work surface and roll out one piece of dough to a thickness of about 1/8 inch. Using a small (2 to 2 1/2 -inch) gingerbread man or woman cookie cutter, cut out as many cookies as possible. Place the cookies on the prepared cookie sheets, about 1 inch apart. Gather all the dough scraps into a ball and place in the refrigerator. Take out another quarter of the dough, and continue rolling out the dough and cutting cookies until all the dough has been used.
  6. Bake the cookies for 8 to 10 minutes until slightly raised. Using a spatula, remove the cookies from the cookie sheets, transferring to a wire rack to cool.


  • These also make fun sandwich cookies. For a nice contrast, use white chocolate frosting to create a filling between two gingerbread men. Use frosting to decorate as desired.
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  1. 7 Ratings


Delicious! The dough is a bit hard to work with - not sticky to the touch, but sticky enough to stick BAD to the rolling pin (I have a marble pin) and tear up your best efforts at rolling 1/8 in...

Made this recipe with my 7 y/o granddaughter, and boy was she excited. We followed this recipe to a T. After chilling the dough, it was hard as a brick so trying to roll that out was a real cho...

A great recipe, definitely a keeper and the start of a new tradition for our family!

Good cookie, but some instructions didn't make sense. Dough rolled easier when not totally cold and didn't crack as much. Those made when cold tended to crack and fall apart. Also calls for da...

I followed recipe as written. Flavor was good but cookies were way too dry. Frosting helped a bit but this recipe needs some tweaking before it will be a keeper.

I'm sorry to say I did not care for these. My husband took them to work with him and no one liked them very much.