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Gingerbread man cookies

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Source: Wilton method

Make: 1½ cup

1½ tbsp meringue powder (refer to note 1 and photo above)
2 cups sifted confectioner’s sugar
3 tbsp warm water


  1. Beat all ingredients until icing forms peaks (about 8-10 minutes).
  2. Adjust the consistency if needed. If it’s too runny, add more sugars. If it’s too hard, add more water. Add colouring and mix well. Transfer icing to a piping bag with a small tip, decorate as desired. Keep the icing covered or else it will dry out.


  1. I use Wilton brand which is available in local baking ingredient supply shop. Meringue powder is made from dehydrated egg whites, sugar, gum, corn starch and an array of stabilizers and flavoring agents. For further info, please read these links (buzzle and wisegeek).
  2. Instead of making the royal icing, you can buy the ready-made icing ie Wilton decorative icing tube (as shown in photo above).
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  1. Alice says:

    They are really cute… even I don’t fancy much of ginger bread. But, it really makes the coming Xmas more merry! Have a Merry Christmas my dear friend! 🙂

    • food-4tots says:

      Alice: Before that, I’m not a big fan for ginger cookies. But now, after making this batch, I change my mind now. These cookies really taste delicious!! You got to give it a try when you’re free. Merry Christmas to you and your family!! 😉

  2. I feel so Christmas now…. Love your gingerbread man, so cute!!!!

  3. Wah nice! I’m not much of a gingerbread fan, but like to look at the creative ways ppl do to make and decorate the gingerbread stuff.

  4. anncoo says:

    WOW! LK, everybody is already in Christmas mood now 🙂 Your gingerbread man looks cute.
    X’mas 🙂

  5. Little Inbox says:

    The gingerbread man is cute, and your boy is even cuter. 🙂
    Wishing you and your family an advance Merry Christmas!

  6. I still haven’t baked the gingerbread men…should really start now. Yours look so pretty!

  7. Everytime I see gingerbread man…..reminds me of the one in Shrek….he he he!

  8. Joanne says:

    I’m so glad to hear you guys recovered in time to make these! They are super adorable!

  9. OMGOSH these look incredibly cute!

  10. Evelyn Ng says:

    Your son looks so satisfied here. Great photo!

  11. ladyhomechef says:

    the gingerbread man and your son have one thing in common …..–cute!!!What a great way for bonding too. Happy Christmas! 😉

  12. Ching @ LCOM says:

    So cute and so festive! I probably go bake some cookies today. Thanks for the push! 😛

  13. mycookinghut says:

    This is very festive looking! Very pretty and cute!

  14. tigerfish says:

    So cute! Suddenly, this reminds me of Chinese ginseng – it will run away! Cos the cookies are so alive.

  15. Peggy says:

    These little guys are too cute! I’m sure you and your son both had a great time making these!

  16. anggie says:

    I can feel the Christmas mood right away…
    but … it’s seem abit work to come out with this gingerbread man , & ur hard work is worth .

  17. They are so so cute LK! Love it! When I make shaped cookies or use any other kind of dough that requires rolling out, moulding etc., I always have the air-conditioning on in my dining room (which is connected to my open kitchen). Singapore weather is CRAZY for handling dough…

    Have a very blessed Christmas!

  18. Clarice says:

    Hi you cookies look lovely, I am tempted to try out your receipe but will need some advice on where to get the mixed spices in your ingredients list. thanks in advance

  19. Li Yi says:

    hi for your step 7, you mention cut to 3mm.. 3mm is quite thick.. is there any typo?

    Working with one disc at a time. Let the dough sit at room temperature for 5-10 minutes. Place dough on lightly floured parchment paper and cover with a cling film. Using a rolling pin, roll the dough out to 3mm (1/8 in) thickness. Then return the dough to the fridge, refrigerate or freeze until firm for about 15-20 minutes.

  20. Dawn says:

    Hello! where can i buy black treacle (or unsulfured molasses) in Singapore?

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  22. Evelyn says:

    We had fun making these yummy gingerbread cookies with my son. It’s really delicious! Thanks for the receipe.

  23. Arlia says:

    Hi, may I know where did you bought the cute gingerbread man mould. So chubby shape 🙂

  24. sharol says:

    Hi, I baked a batch of gingerbread cookies today. Why are they soft once they are cold enough for icing? Are they meant to be soft?
    They were initially crunchy but after 10mins..they go soft. =(

    • food-4tots says:

      Sharol: They can be either soft or crunchy depending on baking time. Return the cookies to the preheated oven and bake for a further 3-5 minutes at 160°C. Hope it helps! 🙂

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