These No Chill gingerbread cookies require no chilling - just roll, cut and bake! This is an easy gingerbread cookie recipe that's the ideal gingerbread man recipe for preschoolers, younger kids or when you have limited time because there is no waiting around for cookie dough to chill!
Course Dessert, Snack
Cuisine American, Canadian
Keyword cookies, easy, gingerbread, no chill
Prep Time 10minutes
Cook Time 8minutes
Total Time 18minutes
Author adapted from Old Fashioned gingerbread, P. 15 the gingerbread book by Steven Stellingwerf
In a large bowl, blend together the flour, baking soda, salt, cinnamon and ginger.
In a separate microwave safe bowl, melt shortening (about 1 minute)
Whisk the sugar, molasses and egg into the melted shortening and continue to whisk until completely incorporated.
Mix the dry ingredients into the wet ingredients with a spoon until mixture is too stiff to continue using a spoon. Use hands to finish mixing.
Roll cookie dough out onto lightly floured surface to about ⅛ inch thickness.
Cut cookies into desired shapes, place on ungreased cookie sheets,
Bake for 8-10 minutes
Cool for 3-5 minutes.
Decorate with royal icing and sprinkles! See notes for gingerbread variations, as shown in photos!
👪 Serving sizeThis recipe makes 20 cookies, so I had the girl guides in groups of 3-4 kids and they all made their own batch of the recipe. They had 3 leaders to support them, but they were 10 years old, so quite capable of mixing and microwaving. We set up an assembly line and leaders were in charge of cookies coming in and out of the oven. *We only had 1 oven and we were able to do all this in 2 hours!🌡️StoringYou can keep these cookies at room temperature, in a sealed container for about 2- weeks and you can freeze them for up to 6 months. You can read more about storing gingerbread cookies HERE.This gingerbread man cookie recipe can be made into different designs, even with the same large gingerbread man cookie cutter. Kids can make a gingerbread man or turn it upside down and make a gingerbread reindeer!📖 VariationsRudolph the Gingerbread Man Roll out, cut and bake the gingerbread men. Let cool. Using a ziploc bag with some white frosting, add a dot to where you want to put the nose and add a red candy. Add two dots for the eyes, then add candy eyes. Starting from between his eyes, pipe antlers up the legs of the gingerbread man (see photos).Hugging Gingerbread Man Roll the cookie dough out on a well-floured surface. Cut out a few gingerbread men using a large gingerbread man cookie cutter. Place them onto a cookie sheet. Place a peppermint candy on the gingerbread man’s chest, then carefully fold his arms over the candy. Bake in the oven. Let cool and decorate as desired.Dancing Gingerbread Girl Roll the cookie dough out on a well-floured surface. Cut out a few gingerbread girls using a large gingerbread girl cookie cutter (affiliate link) then cut off the legs. Cut out two finger sized holes using the back of a pastry tip (see photo) Carefully place them on a cookie sheet and bake. Let cool and decorate as desired.My Amazon recommendations (affiliate links)
📋No Chill Gingerbread Cookie Recipe
Amount Per Serving
Calories 132Calories from Fat 36
% Daily Value*
Saturated Fat 1g6%
Vitamin A 10IU0%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.