Low Fat Gingerbread Men Cookies {Kids Can Cook Toosday}

Someone get these away from me.  Fast.

I’ve bitten the heads off of a handful of these because I thought it was funny {I have anger issues} and I wanted an excuse to eat them.  Okay, really I just wanted an excuse to eat them.  I hate wasting food.

Fortunately for me I have four boys who thought they were just as good as I did and they also thought it was just as funny to bite their heads off.  I was so made to have boys.

Since I am so well versed with regards to baking with my kids I decided to bake these alone this time.  It somewhat defeats the purpose of cooking with your kids but I’m still recovering from my last experience and I knew they would have way more fun decorating them.

That is if they would leave their heads on long enough.

Gingerbread Men Cookies {Low Fat}

Yield: Approximately 5 dozen 3" gingerbread men

Adapted from a recipe in Gooseberry Patch Christmas Book 7


  • 1 - 18 1/2 oz box of Spice Cake Mix
  • 2 1/2 cups all purpose flour
  • 2 tsp ground ginger
  • 1 large egg
  • 2 egg whites, slightly beaten
  • 1/3 cup applesauce
  • 1/2 cup molasses


  1. Place cake mix, 1 cup of flour, and ginger in a large mixing bowl or stand mixer. Stir until well blended.
  2. Mix in the rest of the ingredients. Gradually mix in the rest of the flour until you have a thick, slightly sticky dough.
  3. Cover the dough and refrigerated for 1-2 hours.
  4. Preheat oven to 375°.
  5. Unwrap dough and place it on a lightly floured surface. Roll out the dough to 1/4" thick and cut out the gingerbread boys. To get the most cookies out of one batch continue to ball and roll out the dough until most of it is used.
  6. Bake on a parchment lined baking sheet for 8-10 minutes.
  7. Decorate or eat as is.


  1. I love using boxed cake mix for cookies. I will be looking for the spice cake mix, it sounds perfect and these are adorable gingerbread men!

  2. Curt says:

    I just love gingerbread cookies. Gingerbread anything for that matter!

  3. Yummy! See, they’re low fat, so you CAN eat as many as you want. :)

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