Gingerbread People


Gingerbread People

These cake mix gingerbread people are so easy to make. And they taste amazing!

Some people might think that making gingerbread cookies is difficult, but we're excited to let you know that it's actually super easy! This delicious gingerbread people recipe is made with cake mix, so you know that it comes together in no time at all. Chilling the dough really helps the cookies to not spread (and change shape) during baking, so don't skip that step! Also be sure to let the cookies cool completely before frosting.

This is such a fun recipe because the whole family can decorate their gingerbread cookies in any way that they want. Create a traditional design or make something totally unique!

From the Chef: "As a child, I remember watching my aunt make these and hang them on the banister in the weeks leading up to Christmas. My uncle used to walk up the stairs and occasionally eat a head off. I thought it was hilarious, but my aunt, on the other hand, did not. This is a soft, chewy version of her holiday classic." - Addie Gundry

This recipe is from RecipeLion's 103 Cookbook series, Easy Cookie Recipes:103 Best Recipes for Chocolate Chip Cookies, Cake Mix Creations, Bars, and Holiday Treats Everyone Will Love.

Yields12 cookies

Preparation Time10 min

Chilling Time2 hr

Cooking Time10 min



  • 2 (15-1/4-ounce) box spice-flavored cake mix
  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour, plus more for rolling
  • 2 teaspoons ground ginger
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1/3 cup vegetable oil
  • 1/2 cup dark molasses
  • Assorted candies and icing for decorating

Gingerbread People Recipe


  1. In a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, combine the spice-flavored cake mix, ½ cup flour, and ground ginger and mix on low for a few seconds to combine. In a small bowl, combine the eggs, vegetable oil, and dark molasses, beating briefly. Then add to
    the flour mixture with the machine on medium. Beat for 2 minutes, scraping down the sides once. Cover the bowl with plastic wrap and chill for 2 hours or up to 3 days before continuing.

  2. Preheat the oven to 375ºF. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper.

  3. On a lightly floured work surface, roll the dough in two batches to
    ¼-inch thickness. Cut with cookie cutters and place on the baking sheet about 1½ inches apart. Bake for 8 to 10 minutes, until the edges just begin to brown.

  4. Cool completely on a wire rack before decorating as desired. Serve.

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