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12 Days of Christmas Cookies: Gingerbread People

gingerbread [1]

On the eighth day of Christmas,

My true love sent to me

Eight gingerbread people,

Seven layer cookies [2],

Six Snickerdoodles [3],

Five Sugar Cookies [4],

Four Viennese Crescents [5],

Three Candy Cane cookies [6],

Two Toffee Squares [7],

And a cookie shaped like a Christmas tree [7].

These soft gingerbread cookies are fun and easy to make and decorate.

Soft Gingerbread Cookies

Makes about 3 dozen



  1. In a medium bowl, mix together the molasses, brown sugar, water, butter, and egg until smooth.
  2. Combine the flour, baking soda, allspice, ginger, cloves and cinnamon, stir them into the wet mixture until all of the dry is absorbed. Cover the dough and chill for at least 3 hours.
  3. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).
  4. On a lightly floured surface, roll the dough out to 1/4 inch thickness. Cut out into desired shapes with cookie cutters [9]. Place cookies 1 inch apart onto ungreased baking sheets [10].
  5. Bake for 8 to 10 minutes in the preheated oven. Remove from the cookie sheets to cool on wire racks.

Royal Icing



  1. Mix sugar, water, and meringue powder with a mixer on low speed until smooth, about 7 minutes. Icing should be the consistency of glue. (If icing is too thick, mix in a little more water. If icing is too thin, add more confectioners’ sugar.)
  2. Add food coloring, 1 drop at a time, until desired color is achieved. If you are making more than 1 color, divide icing first.

Use immediately, or refrigerate for up to 1 week. Stir before using.

After cookies are fully cooled, decorate with the icing, sprinkles, sugar pearls, or sparkling sugar crystals. For gift-giving, place in gingerbread house treat boxes [13].


WILTON 25 Piece Decorating Set [14]

Holiday Mega Sprinkle Set [15]

Colored Sugars Set [16]

White Sugar Pearls [17]

Blue Sugar Pearls [18]

White Nonpareils [19]

White Sparkling Sugar [20]

Christmas Jumbo Nonpareils [21]

Photo credit: Joana Petrova [22]