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Stressed Out Gingerbread Men

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  • Prep 40 min
  • Total 1 hr 10 min
  • Servings 15
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Just a few tweaks cause havoc for this gingerbread cookie community, making these traditional treats tons more fun!
Updated Apr 19, 2017
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  • 1 pouch (17.5 oz) Betty Crocker™ Limited Edition Gingerbread Cookie Mix
  • 1 stick (1/2 cup) softened butter
  • 1 tablespoon water
  • 1 egg
  • Tubes (4.25 oz) of Betty Crocker™ Decorating Icing in white, red, green or any preferred colors
  • Betty Crocker™ decorating decors
  • Candy eyes


  • 1
    Preheat oven to 350°F. Stir the cookie mix, butter, water and egg in a medium bowl until a soft dough forms. Cover the dough with plastic wrap and refrigerate for 15 to 30 minutes.
  • 2
    Roll the dough out on a floured surface to 1/4-inch thickness. Cut out your shapes and place them on a baking tray lined with parchment paper. Use a 1/2-inch circle cutter or a knife to make holes, bite marks or to cut off limbs. Or, pose the cookies by gently bending their limbs.
  • 3
    Bake the cookies for 8 to 12 minutes, or until the edges are well set. Let the cookies cool completely.
  • 4
    Decorate the cookies with decorating icing, decors and candy eyes. To adhere the decors and candy eyes, pipe a bit of icing on the cookie first.

Expert Tips

  • tip 1
    Equipment needed: Regular-sized gingerbread boy cookie cutter. For a fun serving idea, place cookies on a fresh piece of parchment paper and write silly captions beside them!

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More About This Recipe

  • These misbehaving gingerbread men will add some laughs to this year's cookie platter! They're crazy silly and maybe even a bit naughty. But they'll be the life of the party! Blogger GourmetMom did these cookies for us a few years back and we loved them so much we just had to update them for this year! I think a long time ago, someone in charge of holiday cheer – probably Santa, or maybe Burl Ives – issued an edict that you must make gingerbread people this time of year. I happily comply for the aroma alone. But there is no law that requires you to make obedient gingerbread people. It only takes chopping off a leg or bending the arms a bit to make these folks a little sillier. A few holes or bite marks and a simple icing expression do the trick! While I take the gingerbread cookie edict to heart, I do balk at the inconvenience of making and decorating gingerbread cookies – what with all the spices and molasses and extracts and oh so many ingredients. I shall never hesitate again, because there is Betty Crocker™ gingerbread cookie mix. I bought three bags of it, and seriously considered buying the whole lot at the store. TIP: To find this limited edition cookie mix near you, check out the Product Locator. Between the cookie mix, the decorating icing and the decors (all found at the supermarket), these are so easy to make, I almost feel like I’m cheating. But these brought me holiday cheer – and fast, at that – so, mission accomplished! I already had the candy eyes on hand, but you can also pipe eyes with white and black decorating icing. Did you know gingerbread people bleed sprinkles? To attach the decors to the severed limbs, pipe a bit of icing on the edges and cover with the sprinkles. The red belly buttons are cinnamon dots.
  • Equipment needed: Regular-sized gingerbread boy cookie cutter. For a fun serving idea, place cookies on a fresh piece of parchment paper and write silly captions beside them! Now that's a cookie plate giggle!
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