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Simple Gingerbread People


Decorate your ginger folks in adorable outfits made from icing and dough scraps, from the Martha Stewart Makes Cookies iPad app.

  • Yield: Makes about 2 dozen

Source: The Martha Stewart Show, Episode 6036


  • 1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 1 cup firmly packed dark-brown sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 1/2 cup unsulfured molasses
  • 2 1/4 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 2 teaspoons ground ginger
  • 1 teaspoon ground allspice
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 4 cups all-purpose flour, plus more for work surface
  • Sanding sugar and miniature candies, for decorating


  1. Beat butter and brown sugar with an electric mixer on high speed until fluffy, about 5 minutes. Add egg; mix well. Beat in molasses, cinnamon, ginger, allspice, baking soda, and salt. Reduce speed to low, and add flour, 1 cup at a time, mixing until incorporated.

  2. Divide dough into quarters; shape into disks and wrap in plastic. Chill until firm, about 3 hours.

  3. Preheat oven to 375 degrees with racks in upper and lower thirds. On a lightly floured work surface, roll out 1 disk of dough to 1/8-inch thickness. Cut out cookies, rolling out any scraps and additional disks as needed until you have about 24 people. Transfer to parchment-lined baking sheets, spacing 1 inch apart. With remaining dough, cut out additional shapes to make clothes, jewelry, and hair as desired. Dress cookies, then chill 20 minutes.

  4. Bake cookies 2 sheets at a time, 7 minutes; rotate sheets top to bottom and front to back, and continue baking until cookies are firm when touched, 6 to 8 minutes more. Let cool on sheets 5 minutes. Transfer to wire racks; let cool completely. Decorate cookies as desired.

Cook's Notes

Well-wrapped dough can be frozen up to one month. Let soften slightly before rolling.

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