Gingerbread Men Cookies (recipe)

Happy 3rd Advent to you all!!

I believe this is the perfect recipe for gingerbread men cookies! It’s super easy to make and tastes better than store-bought, no doubt! So don’t just sit there… go and try this recipe!

Latvian Gingerbread cookies should be very thin, that means your dough should be perfect to roll it out. If you add too much flour or too less fat you can’t roll your dough thin enough or transfer cookies from working surface to a baking tray.

I use special Gingerbread cookie spice mix from my grandmother. Freshly grind they are aromatic and strong!

Remember. When gingerbread cookies are dark brown they are baked for too long and will be bitter. My mom always watched the wooden burned stove (it didn’t have glass doors!) and grandmother rolled the dough and me and my brother we cut the cookies… What a memory!

I hope you will try this recipe.

Thin and Crisp Gingerbread Cookies

Gingerbread spice mix

  • 1/2 cup + 2 tbsp water
  • 1/2 cup oil
  • 2/3 cup malt extract
  • 1 cup sugar (if love sweet, then add 1/2 cup more)
  • 4 cup flour (perhaps you need more, you can roll in more while rolling the dough)
  • 3 tbsp. Grandma’s Gingerbread spice mix (add more if you like spicier)
  • 1/2 tbsp. baking powder
  • 1 tsp. baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp Himalayan pink salt
  • 2 tbsp unsweetened cocoa powder (optional, gives the right color to the gingerbread cookies)

How To (dough)

  1. In a bowl mix all wet ingredients (water, oil, malt extract) and sugar.
  2. In a bigger bowl mix all dry ingredients: flour, spices, baking powder & soda, salt and cocoa powder.
  3. Add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients and mix until all combined. Don’t knead the dough!
  4. Put the dough in the fridge for at least 30 minutes or better few days.

How To (gingerbread cookie baking):


  1. Lightly dust the surface and the rolling pin with flour.
  2. Take a small piece from the fridge and knead a bit. If you feel that the dough is too sticky, sprinkle more flour and knead in. Place on the surface and sprinkle with flour.
  3. Roll out the dough, turn it over occasionally to avoid sticking to the surface. If necessary lightly flour surface again.
  4. Cut the cookies and bake at 180 C for about 7 – 15 minutes (depending on the thickness of gingerbread cookies).


15 thoughts on “Gingerbread Men Cookies (recipe)

  1. The recipe looks wonderful and I will definitely try it sometime. Ginger biscuits are not traditional for Christmas here but I saw them a lot in Germany in December. Shop bought ones here are thicker and harder. I’ll look forward to trying your grandma’s.

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  2. They do look great! I do not make them anymore, unfortunately. My children moved out – and then I lost the inspiration…we always made them together. But daughter and son is coming home for Christmas, so maybe…

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    1. This recipe is so simple – mix all together and after chilling 1/2 hour in fridge – ready to cut & bake cookies. My grandmothers recipe are complicated, with browning sugar and melting butter, mixing eggs in warm dough… I made them twice but this recipe is SO SIMPLE. I took spice mix from grandmother and that’s the main thing that’s make them taste like in my childhood!


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