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December 11, 2014

Eggless Gingerbread Man Cookies With Royal Icing- Christmas Recipes

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Eggless ginger bread men cookies & fruit cake are the ones that flash in my mind whenever I think about Christmas recipes. Last year I shared eggless fruit cake/Plum cake and this year I tried these ginger bread cookies with royal icing for the first time and I was completely happy with the results. I was looking for some gingerbread recipes without molasses and eggs and I found them here

As I have not seen or tasted these cookies, I passed some of these cookies to my friends who had already tasted them in abroad and got thumbs up from them. Raksha was very much excited to see a batch of cookies with royal icing and she herself started decorating them enthusiastically. Though I am not happy with the decoration I did, I was satisfied with the cookies. I hope I can make perfect icing in my next attempt.

 After baking these cookies, I am much more confident to try some more Christmas special cookies like snowball cookies,tutti frutti cookies and sugar cookies.I will try to share them in upcoming weeks. 

Friends, do try this cookie recipe even if you are a beginner or first timer. I am sure u will get it perfect. I got these cookie cutter from Institute of Baking and Cake art,Bangalore. Don’t worry if you don’t have a gingerbread man cookie cutter. You can try in any other shapes as you like. The best thing with this cookie is that the dough can be made well in advanced, refrigerate and make it for Christmas parties or get together. 

These cookies are considered as one of the special Christmas gifts too. So try these cookies, wrap them in a sheet and gift your nears & dears for this Christmas 2019 ! Enjoy. Check out my eggless tutti frutti cake recipe if interested !

Lets see how to make these awesome gingerbread man cookies recipe below.

Icing done by my daughter Raksha 

Eggless Gingerbread Men Cookies Recipe

Eggless Gingerbread Men Cookies Recipe Eggless gingerbread men cookie with royal icing
Cuisine: Indian
Category: Cookies
Serves: 30 nos
Prep time: 10 Minutes
Cook time: 12 Minutes
Total time: 22 Minutes

1 cup = 240 ml
  • All purpose flour/Maida - 2.5 cups
  • Unsalted butter - 100 gms
  • Powdered jaggery - 1/2 cup ( somewhat tightly packed)
  • Honey – 1/2 cup
  • Baking powder - 1 tsp
  • Cooking soda/Baking soda - 1 tsp
  • Dry ginger powder - 1 tbsp
  • Cloves powder - 1/2 tsp ( i ground 15 cloves)
  • Cinnamon powder - 1/2 tbsp
  • Nutmeg powder - 1/2 tsp
  • Black pepper powder - 1/2 tsp ( freshly ground)
  • Icing sugar – 1/2 cup
  • Cornstarch/corn flour – 1.5 tsp ( I used corn flour)
  • Lemon juice – 1/2-1 tsp
  • A few drops of  food coloring
  • Milk or water – 2 to 3 tsp

  • In a wide bowl,take the powdered jaggery and butter in room temperature.Beat them using an electric beater till it turns creamy and fluffy. Now add the honey and again beat the mixture till they get combined well.
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  • In another bowl, take maida and all the powders. Mix well and sieve them. Set aside
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  • Add this sieved maida to the creamy butter mixture and fold them gently. Now use your hands and make a non-sticky dough. Knead the dough well ( do not beat it) in a lightly dusted surface. Use very little maida for dusting only if its needed ( I dint dust the surface.I just made a non-sticky dough and proceeded. My dough was just right for this measurement)
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  • Now wrap the cookie dough in a cling wrap or polythene sheet and refrigerate them for 30 minutes. After 30 minutes, remove the dough and make a small ball out of it.
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  • Dust the work surface with maida and roll the dough using a chapathi rolling pin. Make sure dough is not sticky. Roll it for 1/4 inch thickness. Make it thin. If you make it thick, cookie will become chewy. So roll it thin and uniform. Cut it with the cutter.

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  • Arrange the cookies in a greased baking tray. Preheat the oven at 180c in convection mode and bake at 180c in convection mode for 10-11 minutes till they turn light brown. Keep an eye after 8-9 minutes. Take the tray out and cool them completely by keeping them in racks. The cookies will seem a little soft when hot but they will become crispy once they have cooled completely.
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  • Store in an air tight box till you make decorations. Prepare the icing and proceed.
  • For Royal Icing, sieve the corn flour & icing sugar. Add a tsp of lemon juice and a tsp of milk/water. Mix well to make a smooth paste. If the consistency is too thick, add a tsp of more milk and make a creamy paste. Divide the icing into small portions and add your preferable food colors. Fill the icing in a plastic bag or zip lock cover and do the icing. Decorate the cookies as per your wish.Initially icing seems to be thin but it will thicken as time proceeds. I felt the taste of icing was very similar to glucose ;)gingerbread icing
gingerbread royal icing
Wish you all merry Christmas and a very happy new year in advance !


  • Make sure your cookie dough is non-sticky. Do not add more flour if you feel the dough is sticky. It makes the cookie chewy.
  • U can also replace all these spices with “All spice Powder”. In that case, use 1-1.5 tsp of it.
  • Roll the cookie dough uniformly thin else cookies may turn chewy and hard.
  • After baking the cookies for 10 minutes, you may feel it soft to touch. But it will become hard and crispy once it cools down completely.
  • First make one batch of cookies,check whether it has come out perfect after cooling down. Then make the remaining batches by adjusting the baking time.

Try these gingerbread man cookies for this Christmas and gift your near & dear ones !

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great-secret-of-life said...

adding Jaggery in cookies is new to me .. Perfectly baked cookies

Fullscoops said...

Perfectly made!

Divs said...

wow these cookies are delightful to look at and the clicks look so christmassy! icing art work is too cute!

Unknown said...

Looking so lovely chitra...cutter is awesome...

Unknown said...

Cookies look so good!! perfect for this festive season

Unknown said...

love this wonderful cookies...

Motions and Emotions said...

perfect cookie and perfect icing too...

Anonymous said...

hi, chitra :) so fab sugar cookies :) i want to ask something from you dear :) if i don't have corn starch right now in my cabinet then ??? any alternative dear

Chitra said...

Hi Monu,u can use corn flour :) I have updated this in the recipe dear :)

Priya said...

I am thinking of trying without icing if i get some dry ginger powder..Will update u how it turned out ..Yummy

Anonymous said...

Thanks for your humble reply sweetie :) bless you :)

Unknown said...

Wow.. Looks like Christmas have already come:) wonderful clicks as usual..

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nandoos kitchen said...

lovely cookies..

Srivalli said...

The Gingerbread man cookies have turned out so well..very nicely done..

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Suja Manoj said...

Looks festive and yummy.