Homemade Gingerbread Men Slice N’ Bake Cookies with step by step instructions! Add this christmas cookie to your holiday baking! These cookies are getting me into the holiday spirit!

And the christmas music I’ve been listening to probably has something to do with it too!

Homemade Gingerbread Men Slice N’ Bake Cookies with step by step instructions! Add this christmas cookie to your holiday baking! I’m not sure why, but I’ve kind of avoided making cookies over the last year. Maybe it’s because they aren’t as fun to photograph as 3 layer cake or because I’ve always felt that they are awkward to stage for a photo. But these cookies proved me wrong! I think I might try to incorporate a few more cookie recipes around here!

Homemade Gingerbread Men Slice N’ Bake Cookies with step by step instructions! Add this christmas cookie to your holiday baking! Slice n’ bake cookies have been around for a long time in the grocery store, but have you ever made them at home? Not me, until now! They were fun to make and super easy, once I got over a minor snag. But better for me to learn the hard way, because now I can pass on the most important tip to you!

Homemade Gingerbread Men Slice N’ Bake Cookies with step by step instructions! Add this christmas cookie to your holiday baking!

Let’s walk through the process of making slice n’ bake cookies..

Homemade Gingerbread Men Slice N’ Bake Cookies with step by step instructions! Add this christmas cookie to your holiday baking! Follow the recipe below to make the cookie dough. 1/3 of the dough will be used to make the cut out pieces and the other 2/3 will be used to make the cookie part that surrounds the cut out. Use food coloring to dye the portion of the dough that will be used for the cut outs.

Homemade Gingerbread Men Slice N’ Bake Cookies with step by step instructions! Add this christmas cookie to your holiday baking! Roll the dough that you’ll use for the cut outs to be 1/2 inch thick. Use a little flour when cutting out the shapes to prevent the cookie cutter from sticking.

Homemade Gingerbread Men Slice N’ Bake Cookies with step by step instructions! Add this christmas cookie to your holiday baking! Line up the gingerbread men together on a piece of plastic wrap, then wrap the gingerbread men in plastic and stick them in the fridge for 1 hour.

Homemade Gingerbread Men Slice N’ Bake Cookies with step by step instructions! Add this christmas cookie to your holiday baking! 10 minutes before the gingerbread men come out of the fridge, begin to roll the outside dough into long narrow ropes. The ropes need to be long enough to cover all of the center cut outs length wise.

Homemade Gingerbread Men Slice N’ Bake Cookies with step by step instructions! Add this christmas cookie to your holiday baking! Begin to place the ropes around the gingerbread men, gently pressing the ropes to fit around the gingerbread men.

Homemade Gingerbread Men Slice N’ Bake Cookies with step by step instructions! Add this christmas cookie to your holiday baking! Continue until the gingerbread men are completely covered.

Homemade Gingerbread Men Slice N’ Bake Cookies with step by step instructions! Add this christmas cookie to your holiday baking! Homemade Gingerbread Men Slice N’ Bake Cookies with step by step instructions! Add this christmas cookie to your holiday baking! Place some nonpareil sprinkles in a baking dish, and gently roll the cookie dough in the sprinkles, covering all of the sides.

Now this is the most crucial part – wrap the cookie dough in plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least 2 hours or over night.

If you attempt to cut the dough when it’s soft, the center shape will turn out mushy.. like this..

Homemade Gingerbread Men Slice N’ Bake Cookies with step by step instructions! Add this christmas cookie to your holiday baking! Those are definitely not gingerbread people!! Glad I made the mistake so you don’t have too, haha!!

Homemade Gingerbread Men Slice N’ Bake Cookies with step by step instructions! Add this christmas cookie to your holiday baking! Homemade Gingerbread Men Slice N’ Bake Cookies with step by step instructions! Add this christmas cookie to your holiday baking! After the dough has been refrigerated, slice it into about 1/2 inch thick cookies. Place them on a baking sheet, at least 1 inch apart, and bake at 350º F for 8-10 minutes.

Homemade Gingerbread Men Slice N’ Bake Cookies with step by step instructions! Add this christmas cookie to your holiday baking! I could spend a whole weekend baking tons of these slice n’ bake cookies, they’re so cute!

I created this recipe in partnership with Rodelle as one of their brand ambassadors!

Homemade Gingerbread Men Slice N’ Bake Cookies with step by step instructions! Add this christmas cookie to your holiday baking!

Gingerbread Men Slice N' Bake Cookies

Yield: about 30 cookies

Ingredients

  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 cup  granulated sugar
  • 2 sticks unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 tsp Rodelle Vanilla Extract
  • 1/2 tsp Rodelle Almond Extract
  • brown food coloring
  • nonpareil sprinkles

Instructions

  1. In a bowl, combine the flour and baking powder. Set aside.
  2. Place the sugar and butter in a mixing bowl and using an electric mixer beat until creamy, about 2 minutes.
  3. Add in the egg, vanilla extract, and almond extract, beat.
  4. Spoon the flour mixture into the wet ingredients, and mix gently until incorporated and dough forms with a spatula.
  5. Dye 1/3 of the dough brown with food coloring. Knead the dough until the color is incorporated.
  6. Roll the brown dough to about 1/2 inch thick.
  7. Use a lightly floured 1 inch cookie cutter to cut out your shapes. Re-roll the scraps to make as many gingerbread men as you can.
  8. Line up the gingerbread men together on a piece of plastic wrap, then wrap the gingerbread men in plastic and stick them in the fridge for 1 hour.
  9. 10 minutes before the gingerbread men come out of the fridge, begin to roll the outside dough into long narrow ropes. The ropes need to be long enough to cover all of the center cut outs length wise.
  10. Begin to place the ropes around the gingerbread men, gently pressing the ropes to fit around the gingerbread men.
  11. Continue until the gingerbread men are completely covered.
  12. Place some nonpareil sprinkles in a baking dish, and gently roll the cookie dough in the sprinkles, covering all of the sides.
  13. Wrap the cookie dough in plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least 2 hours or over night.
  14. After the dough has been refrigerated, slice it into about 1/2 inch thick cookies. Place them on a baking sheet, at least 1 inch apart, and bake at 350º F for 8-10 minutes.
  15. Allow the cookies to cool for 3-5 minutes of the baking sheet then transfer them to a cooling rack to cool completely.
  16. Store in an air tight container.