Baking | Whole Wheat Gingerbread Men …christmas cookies with a heart

‘Gingerbread Men’
Stir a bowl of gingerbread, smooth and spicy brown,
Roll it with a rolling-pin, up and up and down.
With a cookie cutter, make some little men,
Put them in the oven, until half past ten.
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Whole Wheat Gingerbread Men 1 Whole Wheat Gingerbread Men … I call them cookies with a heart even though I cut them out! There’s really nothing like cute little gingerbread men to bring a smile to your face. I’ve been making these for years, almost now a Christmas tradition.

Whole Wheat Gingerbread Men I love the deep cinnamon and ginger flavours that get heightened by earthy whole wheat flour. For 100% whole grain cookies, these are nothing short of amazing. Crisp, spicy and sweet! C.U.T.E. too!

Whole Wheat Gingerbread Men A few days ago, the husband said he was headed to a home for homeless girls as part of his company’s CSR, and asked if I could bake something. Yes! I instantly knew it was going to be these. He also asked me to try to make some goodie bags for the girls!

Whole Wheat Gingerbread Men I haven’t had SO MUCH FUN in ages. Actually ever since the kids grew up and kissed birthday parties and return gifts goodbye. This was even more fun than those days. Also very interesting to see the level of interest it drew out of the daughter.

Whole Wheat Gingerbread Men She began making the goodie bags in the car while I was driving her back from art class. She didn’t lose interest. For once. She continued to giggle stupidly, sing crazily, talk non stop to Coco while making the bags.


Whole Wheat Gingerbread Men They are slightly tedious to make as compared to normal cut out cookies. The stamping out of the hearts, the adding little heart sprinkles, and then the smile of course are a little involved! There was a time I used to make the little smileys in a flash. Now with more years under my belt, the eyes aren’t as sharp. So the smileys take a little longer, the little dragees rolling all over the place. Some have a mind of their own!

Whole Wheat Gingerbread Men Well, in the end, it was all very worth it. Just stamping out gingerbread men makes me happy. They promise to spread holiday cheer, sharing happiness with the nibblers! The kids got one each much to their delight since I was guarding the men with my life!

Whole Wheat Gingerbread Men I made a few extra for another special cookie occasion too. More on that very soon! So are you into cookie mode too? I certainly am. What are your cookie monsters munching? My cookies are pretty much whole grain now. I look back in guilt at the many years of plain flour that I baked with.

Wholegrain bakingThe internet is a wonderful place, and food blogs are the best! So much inspiration, food for thought and so much creativity you can build upon. These days there’s plenty of oats, barley, whole wheat and amaranth in my baking.

You can find more festive food here

Christmas food
Christmas Mince Fruit Pies
Pistachio & Craisin Cookies
Garam Masala Christmas Fruit Cake
Christmas Stollen {Dresden Stollen}
Strawberry & Vanilla Macaron Trifle
Vanilla Bean Chocolate Chip Wookies {Waffles + Cookies}
Apple Cranberry Almond Olive Oil Popovers
Christmas Stollen Pudding
Toasted Walnut Lindzer Cookies
Gingerbread House


Recipe: Whole Wheat Gingerbread Men your picture

Summary:These 100% Whole Wheat Gingerbread Men bring cheer to the cookie platter and make for great gifts. They are crisp, sweet, spicy and keep well in an airtight container for 1-2 weeks in a cool place. Makes approx 3 dozen 3″ gingerbread men cookies

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour

  • 280g whole wheat flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • pinch salt
  • 10g ginger powder
  • 10g cinnamon powder
  • 100g unsalted butter, cubed
  • 150g brown sugar
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 15-25 ml milk, as required


  1. Preheat the oven to 170 degrees C. Line 4 cookie sheets with parchment paper.
  2. Sift the whole wheat flour, ginger, cinnamon, baking powder and salt.
  3. In the bowl of a food processor, add the flour mix to the cold butter, & pulse briefly to make a breadcrumb like mix.
  4. Tip in the sugar, pulse. Then add the beaten egg, and pulse briefly to mix.
  5. Now add enough milk to make a firm yet pliable dough.
  6. Roll out to 1/4 inch thickness & cut with desired cookie cutters.
  7. Bake for 12-15 minutes till they smell done and the edges start turning golden-brown.
  8. Cool on cookie racks.


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About me: I am a freelance food writer, recipe developer and photographer. Food is my passion - baking, cooking, developing recipes, making recipes healthier, using fresh seasonal produce and local products, keeping a check on my carbon footprint and being a responsible foodie! I enjoy food styling, food photography, recipe development and product reviews. I express this through my food photographs which I style and the recipes I blog. My strength lies in 'Doing Food From Scratch'; it must taste as good as it looks, and be healthy too. Baking in India, often my biggest challenge is the non-availability of baking ingredients, and this has now become a platform to get creative on. I enjoy cooking immensely as well.


    2 years ago

    Love the cute gingerbread men. Of course Coco is so adorable and did your daughter make that doodle art piece up top on your blog? wow really cool. :)

  • Sharmila Ribeiro
    2 years ago

    Hi, these look fantastic, as all your food does, is there a recipe attached to this post for whole wheat gingerbread cookies?

    • 2 years ago

      Sorry Sharmila. I think the recipe disappeared for some silly reason. It’s on now. Thank you for letting me know!

  • 2 years ago

    nicely done Ginger Man ……….
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  • 2 years ago

    You won’t believe it – I woke up early this morning to make the dough for gingerbread cookies for the first time!
    Never made them before – not sure why they intimidate me.
    We’ll see how they turn out.
    But, yours are just so unusual and cute. Love the recipe, too. So simple.
    Love it, Deeba! xoxo
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  • 2 years ago

    Cute gingerbread men! A great take on the original recipe.



  • 2 years ago

    These GB men with a heart are so cute. The one I got is still intact, smiling lovingly at me :-)
    I can imagine how much fun you had, really !!!
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  • Grace
    2 years ago

    Hi Deeba!

    Love it! Do we add the smile prior to baking or later?

    • 2 years ago

      Hi. Thank you! All the smileys, sprinkles etc are to be added prior to baking!

  • Judy
    2 years ago


    Looks an exciting recipe. Just wanted your help as to where can I find reasonable priced Christmas cookie cutters & good bakery stuff in Delhi/Gurgaon?

  • 2 years ago

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  • 2 years ago

    Terribly sweet:) So cute!
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  • Maria
    9 months ago

    Can these be made without a food processor? And if so how would you go about doing it/what would you be looking out for at each stage? Thanks :)

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