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Gingerbread Men
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Gingerbread Men

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"This recipe for gingerbread men uses butterscotch pudding mix and doesn't require molasses!"

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Original recipe makes 2 1/2 dozen Change Servings
  • PREP

    25 mins
  • COOK

    12 mins

    1 hr 37 mins


  1. In a medium bowl, cream together the dry butterscotch pudding mix, butter, and brown sugar until smooth. Stir in the egg. Combine the flour, baking soda, ginger, and cinnamon; stir into the pudding mixture. Cover, and chill dough until firm, about 1 hour.
  2. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease baking sheets. On a floured board, roll dough out to about 1/8 inch thickness, and cut into man shapes using a cookie cutter. Place cookies 2 inches apart on the prepared baking sheets.
  3. Bake for 10 to 12 minutes in the preheated oven, until cookies are golden at the edges. Cool on wire racks.
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Most Helpful Positive Review
Oct 20, 2005

I made this recipe with my husband and son last week. I liked it very much. However, if you are looking for a true gingerbread tasting cookie, this is NOT it. I tried this recipe because I thought my 3 year old would turn his nose up to real gingerbread. I would describe this as a cross between a gingerbread cookie and a butter/sugar cookie. It was great. My cookies did not run. They looked great and tasted great. They had a nice soft texture. If you have to go out and get butterscotch better get one or two more boxes because we didn't get that many cookies out of this. We had a blast making them. Fun to eat too! It made a nice mild tasting gingerbread cookie. I was very pleased.

Most Helpful Critical Review
Dec 03, 2006

I have a problem with this recipe. The only liquid is butter and egg. What am I doing wrong. Am I supposed to make the pudding before adding to the rest of the recipe.. It says dry then what did I do wrong

Dec 21, 2004

Delicious! The dough was so easy to work with, not sticky and rolled out wonderfully. (That in itself really sold me on this recipe as I tend to shy away from rolled dough recipes because they are time consuming and usually the dough is a hassle.) I did increase the cinnamon and ginger to taste and added cloves for a spicer cookie. I also used the instant pudding instead of the cook-and-serve and they turned out great. I did double the recipe and used half margarine and half butter. Baked 8-9 minutes instead of the 10-12 resulting in a softer chewier version of this classic. You definitely taste the butterscotch which I found to be a surprisingly pleasant alternative, and I liked the fact that it didn't use molasses. I cut-out various sizes of large, medium and small little buddies and decorated them with raisins and white piped icing and they came out adorable! Thanks for sharing Kim and this one is going in my family favorites cookbook~

Nov 26, 2006

this is the perfect gingerbread man recipe for children! i brought these to a cookie exchange party last year and the kids gobbled these right up but snubbed the traditional gingerbread men that were very spicy. i decorated the cookies with a very simple design made out of the following vanilla icing/glaze: combine 2 cups powdered sugar, 1 1/2 tablespoons softened butter, 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract, 1/4 teaspoon salt, and 3-4 tablesppons of milk and stir until smooth and well blended. adjust for spreading or piping consistency by adding more milk or powdered sugar. i put the icing in a gallon food storage bag and took a tiny tiny snip off one of the corners of the bag and pipped two eyes, a smile, squiggly lines at the hands and feet, and three buttons topped with cinnamon red candies. make sure you let the cookies sit out so the icing hardens before stacking for storage or putting on the cookie tray.

Nov 13, 2003

I used instant pudding because that was all my little grocery store had. It turned out fine. The taste is more mild than typical which is good because my kids don't usually like ginger bread. They liked these. The dough was easy to handle, roll, cut, and decorate. The cookies were sturdy but not tough. Somewhere between crispy and chewy. I will make these again. Definitely use a mixer or you won't get all the flour in.

Dec 08, 2003

This is easy & makes a nice dough for cutting. My kids love them. I found that 10 minutes was too long to bake, 8-9 made a slightly softer cookie with better flavor. I melted white & milk chocolate chips (separately) and dipped the pants of the gingerbread man into the chocolate. What a hit for a cookie exchange! Thanks.

Dec 09, 2003

Fantastic Cookie! I wasn't sure about making a gingerbread cookie that didn't have molasses as an ingredient. However, I love butterscotch-anything and, after reading the other reviews, I thought I'd give this recipe a chance. I'm so glad that I did! YUMMY!!! Very easy to work with, even my neighbor's young children were able to roll these out and cut them. I served them at a Christmas party last year with many other cookies. These were the first to go and when I asked my guests to take cookies with them as they left, they all wanted to know where my "secret stash" of these were hidden. I appeased them by printing out copies of this recipe. Thank you, Kim for a delicious and easy recipe!

Jan 02, 2004

This is the first rolled cookie I've ever made (I'm not a baker:) and I think it turned out great! Super easy recipe and not too many ingredients. I was a little freaked after creaming the butter, sugar and pudding mix because it was crumbly and not Creamy. but after adding the flour with the mixer, I just pressed it into a ball and chilled. Turned out fine. also I only cooked them 8-9 minutes. 10-11 was too long. This is a wonderful recipe for a first timer like myself!!


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  • Calories
  • 79 kcal
  • 4%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 11.5 g
  • 4%
  • Cholesterol
  • 14 mg
  • 5%
  • Fat
  • 3.3 g
  • 5%
  • Fiber
  • 0.3 g
  • 1%
  • Protein
  • 1 g
  • 2%
  • Sodium
  • 63 mg
  • 3%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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