Gingerbread Men

It’s that time of year again. Time for gingerbread! Gingerbread houses. Gingerbread men. Gingerbread snowflakes…


It’s also time for the King Arthur Cookie Decorating Contest. Now you KNOW that’s right up my alley! I made these guys and submitted them. Winner gets $5000 donated to the hunger related charity of their choice. So, head over and vote! Here is my entry!


Now, time for a confession.  I know, I know… here we go again…  ;)


Gingerbread is not my favorite. There, I said it. I find it to be ok. I don’t hate it. But I don’t make it just for the sake of making a gingerbread man. Cause then he’d never get eaten! So, my gingerbread men are made from chocolate dough. And were then devoured!

I made these guys!

Gingerbread men

And I want to show you how I did it.


What you’ll need:

Chunky pencil cookie cutter 

Circle cookie cutter


Knife for trimming

Flooding consistency royal icing in a shade of brown

Detail consistency royal icing in white, red and black

Wilton tip #46

Twist ties


Step 1:

For the body, I frankencookied a circle with a chunky pencil. See how I placed them together? When they bake, they’ll bake together. I always assemble them on my baking sheet that is lined with parchment paper. Use a straw to make the holes for the arms and legs – before you bake!

step 1 

Step 2:

Arms. Use that same chunky pencil. After you cut out the shape and place it on your baking sheet, cut it in half. Cause you need 2 arms, right?! Trim off the bottom ½ inch, leaving the pointy part on. Then take your knife and trim to round out the bottom part. Like where his hand would be. Finish up by using a straw to make holes for attaching.

step 2

Step 3:

Legs. Again, you want to use the chunky pencil cutter. After you’ve placed your shape on the baking sheet, cut it in half. Trim off the top 1/3 inch (the pointy part). Round it off with your knife so it’s nice and clean and pretty… Then make your hole with the straw.

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Step 4:



Step 5:

After your cookies have cooled, ice all the parts with royal icing. I used a shade of brown but really any color works! Allow the icing to dry for several hours.

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Step 6:

Details. I used detail consistency royal icing in the colors of white, black and red for my details. The sky is the limit for you. Make your gingerbread man as elaborate or simple as you’d like. The white details that I added on their arms and legs was done with the Wilton tip # 46. I just liked how it looked! Let all your details dry before assembly!

step 5

Step 7:

Assembly. Using twist ties, attach the arms and legs to the body. I tucked the ends behind him so that you cannot see them too much from the front. You’ll notice that I attached his legs so that he’s in the sitting position. This was not my intention at the beginning but I was super happy with the way that it turned out. :)

step 6

And there you have it! A gingerbread man! Named ‘Gin-gy’ or ‘Phil’… depending which of my sons you ask! Not to worry, you can name yours whatever you'd like. Right before you eat it!

gingerbread man with candy canes


Let me know if you have any questions. And don't forget to vote!!


Kari ~ Yankee Girl Yummies


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0 #3 Ben Clark 2015-11-17 15:39
Great little men. I also admit I am not thrilled with gingerbread cookies. I will eat them, but certainly not on my top ten list. Making gingerbread men out of chocolate is brilliant. Simple, but brilliant. Thanks.
0 #2 Kathy 2014-12-10 19:49
Adorable. Thanks for posting tutorial.
0 #1 Wendy 2014-12-06 17:20
I saw these adorable gingerbread men on the King Arthur contest page and HAD to find out how you made them. Thank you so much for sharing the details of this project! I absolutely love these little guys!! It wouldn't matter to me what flavor they were, because I don't think I could bring myself to eat them! Good luck with the contest!

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