Posted by: MissCarlotta | April 14, 2011

Flashback: Gingerbread Men: ABC cut

This recipe comes from my family cookbook and is noted as being of my Aunt Debbie’s origin.  She made these quite regularly during the holidays when I was growing up and frequently I was allowed to help in the making.  Her decorating scheme was usually raisin buttons and eyes.   She also has a sense of humor and sent me a set of ABC (already been chewed) gingerbread men cookie cutters.

“Hmm… this one doesnt have a leg…”

So naturally when I had cookies to bake in late December/Start of January  I turned to my ABC Gingerbread Men.


  • 2/3 cup butter
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup molasses
  • 1 egg
  • 3 cups flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon cloves
  • 1/2 teaspoon allspice
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon ginger
  • **OPTIONAL** Raisins for eyes and buttons OR assorted frostings


  1. Preheat oven to 350ºF (175ºC)
  2. Cream butter, sugar and molasses.
  3. Add egg and mix well
  4. Add dry ingredients and mix well.
  5. Roll out dough 1/4 inch thick on a floured surface and and cut out.
  6. **OPTIONAL** Decorate with your raisin eyes and buttons
  7. Bake 8-10 minutes at 350ºF
  8. Let cool on baking sheet for a couple minutes, then move to wire rack to cool completely
  9. **Optional** Decorate with your frostings.

Disabled Gingerbread Men of America

I tried my best to decorate without making it obvious that the missing parts were intentionally missing.  Sent them off in the new non-holiday cookiejar* with the curious question…. would geeky IT people eat cookies that looked like they had already been nibbled on?

Ben reported back that not only would his co-workers eat ABC gingerbread men, but that only one person made any comment on their poor condition.  “This one is missing a leg…. I guess that means I’ll just have to take another!”

TIP: For my “frosting” I used Wilton’s Candy Melts so they would set up a bit stiffer and not smudge in my cookiejar.

PS:  The everyday cookiejar was a pick up from The Container Store

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