These cute little gingerbread people with butterscotch pudding in the dough make great tree decorations--and delicious snacks too!

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Recipe Summary

prep:
20 mins
cook:
10 mins
additional:
1 hr
total:
1 hr 30 mins
Servings:
20
Yield:
20 cookies
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Ingredients

20
Original recipe yields 20 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Beat butter, sugar, dry pudding mix and egg in large bowl with mixer until well blended. Mix remaining ingredients. Gradually add to butter mixture, beating well after each addition. Refrigerate 1 hour or until firm.

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  • Heat oven to 350 degrees F. Roll out dough on lightly floured surface to 1/4-inch thickness; cut into gingerbread shapes with 4-inch cookie cutter, re-rolling trimmings. Place, 2 inches apart, on baking sheets sprayed with cooking spray. Use straw to make hole near top of each cutout.

  • Bake 10 to 12 min. or until edges are lightly browned. Cool on baking sheets 3 min. Remove to wire racks; cool completely. Decorate as desired. Insert ribbon through holes to hang cookies on tree.

How to Decorate Cookies:

To easily decorate cooled cookies, fill resealable plastic bag with prepared frosting. Seal bag and cut small corner off one of the bottom corners of bag. Roll down top of bag to squeeze frosting over cookies to decorate as desired.

Nutrition Facts

160 calories; protein 1.7g 3% DV; carbohydrates 22.4g 7% DV; fat 7.3g 11% DV; cholesterol 27.6mg 9% DV; sodium 194.9mg 8% DV. Full Nutrition

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Rating: 5 stars
01/04/2014
Instead of rolling it flat and using a cookie cutter I rolled the dough into little balls covered the balls in sugar and pressed them a little flat on the baking sheet. I loved the balance of sweet and spice and my 2 year old loved them too. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
01/04/2014
Instead of rolling it flat and using a cookie cutter I rolled the dough into little balls covered the balls in sugar and pressed them a little flat on the baking sheet. I loved the balance of sweet and spice and my 2 year old loved them too. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
05/22/2015
With a little care this can be just as versitile as the regular dough only this stays moist much longer. I've used this for multiple gingerbread houses with few issues just avoid giant slabs of wall. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
12/02/2014
I'm not a connoisseur of gingerbread cookies but these were pretty decent for how little went into them. The dough wasn't dry at all like I had feared though I had some trouble rolling the dough out smooth enough. The spice is fairly mellow so even those who aren't crazy for normal gingerbread cookies still seem to enjoy them. I would probably use this one again for the holidays:) Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
12/27/2013
I absolutely love this recipe. I don't use it for the tree decoration though. I use it as a gingerbread cookie recipe. I make them every year for my family for Christmas. It's a big hit.:) Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
09/24/2016
I'm giving this five stars because I feel guilty for not following the recipe to the 'T'. Instead I used it as a base recipe. Instead of butterscotch jello I used French vanilla and omitted the cinnamon. Made very tasty cake like cookies so I added some vanilla frosting. My son and my boyfriend loved them and sadly I only had one and they were gone. Next time I'll stash some away for myself. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/28/2018
So easy! I read one of the reviews and also rolled them Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
12/25/2018
These are excellent cookies that stay soft and delicious. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
12/14/2019
I followed the recipe and the dough was easy to roll with my 2 1/2 year old granddaughter! Read More
Rating: 5 stars
01/20/2019
I don't make gingerbread cookies as a rule but this year my 3 Grandsons requested Gingerbread men for Christmas. I picked this recipe and then another recipe from this site that actually used molasses for their recipe. Both recipes were a hit with them but this one was my fav. A soft cookie with a mild taste. Grandsons want this one cut in different shapes so they can have it throughout the year without looking Christmasey. LOL. Read More