Gingerbread Cupcakes

Who doesn’t love gingerbread, right?  These cute gingerbread cupcakes take the dessert to a new holiday level of cuteness with adorable cookie toppers.

Open mini gingerbread

Welcome to Day 3 of my 25 Days of Christmas series where these cute cupcakes are guaranteed to put a holiday smile on everyone’s face.  I think this little gingerbread man is oh-so cute sitting on top of the muffin, I almost want to kiss him before I bite his head off.

I used two recipes for this dessert.  One was a gingerbread muffin recipe and the second one was a plain gingerbread recipe used for the cookie toppers.

Here are the recipes that I used.

Gingerbread Cupcakes
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
20 mins
Total Time
30 mins
Servings: 1 1/2 dozen
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 cup molasses
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 3 1/2- cups flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 2 sticks butter melted
  • 1 cup hot water.
  1. Mix all ingredients in a large bowl and bake in paper lined muffin tins at 350 degrees.
  2. Bake about 20-minutes until center is done.
  3. Makes about 1 1/2 dozen regular size muffins.


Gingerbread Cookies
Prep Time
3 hrs
Cook Time
6 mins
Total Time
3 hrs 6 mins
  • 3 cups flour
  • 3/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/6 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1/2 cup of butter
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 cup molasses
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1/4 grated ginger
  1. Mix flour, baking soda, cinnamon and cloves and set aside.
  2. In another bowl, beat butter, add sugar and beat, add egg, molasses and vanilla and beat until well combined. Slowly add flour.
  3. Divide dough in half, wrap and chill for at least 3 hours.
  4. Bake on parchment paper lined sheet at 350-degrees for about 5-6 minutes until edges are firm.
  5. Roll dough out about 1/4-inch thick and use a small gingerbread man cookie cutter to create the cookie toppers.


For the buttercream frosting, I used the same buttercream recipe for this muffin icing that I used for the Santa Hat Brownie Bites seen here earlier this week.

Combine 1-cup soften butter with 3-cups confectioner’s sugar and mix well in an electric mixer.  Add 1-teaspoon of vanilla and 2-3 tablespoons of heavy whipping cream.

Mix until ingredients are well combined and fluffy (and delicious).


When I first put the gingerbread men on all the cupcakes, I left them plain without the addition of any Baker’s twine.

After looking at the first few photos snapped, I realized they need just a little something more.

So, I removed them all, added the Baker’s twine scarves and stuck them back on the cupcake.

I think they’re much cuter with a little winter wear, don’t you?


Here are a few more gingerbread cookie cupcake toppers.

I have Dasher, Dancer, Prancer, Vixen.


Comet, Cupid, Donner, Blitzen and Rudolph are hanging around too.

Safety warning: If serving cupcakes to young children, don’t forget to remove the (inedible) string first.


Sprinkle a pinch of red sugar crystals on each cupcake to make them even more dashing.

Wouldn’t these look great on your holiday dessert table?

FUN TIP: You can make these cuties any time of year.  Simply switch the cookie topper and cupcake to correspond with whatever holiday or seasonal occassion and you’ll always have a hit on your hands.  Bunnies for Easter, Bees and Butterflies for Summer or Star-shapes for 4th of July.  The possibilities are endless.


Day 3 down, 22 more days to go. Stay tuned, there is a lot more fun and inspiration ahead.

In cased you missed it, here’s a look at:

Day 1|Day 2

25 days graphic

Hope you stop by again tomorrow (12/4) for Day 4 of my 25 Days of Christmas series.

See you then.

I’m linking this Gingerbread Cupcake post to the following:

Thistlewood Farm

Town and Country Living 


  • Becky Kendall

    I have a question. Is 1 Tablespoon each of baking soda, ginger, and cloves right? I am making these right now and that seemed a high measurement for all of them. Please answer soon. Thanks

    • Lisa Tutman-Oglesby

      Becky, those ingredients should be measured in teaspoons not tablespoons. My mistake and I’ve corrected it in the recipe. Thanks for the heads-up.

  • eileen smith

    Where did you get the cutters from I need to get some

    • Lisa Tutman-Oglesby

      Hi Eileen, glad you love the gingerbread cookies. I found the spring-loaded, mini cookie cutter at Williams-Sonoma a few years ago. Not sure if they still carry this particular one but I suspect they have similar ones. You may also be able to find this particular cookie cutter on ebay. Good luck and happy holidays!

  • Deb

    I’ve never seen a cookie cutter like that! Where did you find it?? So LOVE the look of these! Great Job!!!

  • Terri

    These look simply incredible. Where did you buy the little gingerbread cutters from? Is there a link for us to find them? I’m in Australia and I’d love to make these for Christmas but I’d need to order the cutters asap 🙂

  • Tara

    Where did you find the little gingerbread and reindeer mini cookie cutters. What size are they or could I have the link?

  • Angelina-JoJo and Eloise

    Oh My, Yummy Cuteness!!! These are so Adorably Sweet and look oh so YUMMY!!! Thank you so much for sharing it with us at our Christmas Extravaganza Party!! Pinning 🙂 xoxo

  • Kris

    These look delicious and are super, super cute! Would be great for a kids’ Christmas party!

  • Thistle

    What a wonderful series you have going! I cannot tell you how much I love your ideas and your creativity and projects!
    Happy day friend!

  • Jennifer @ Celebrating Everyday Life

    Lisa, oh, Lisa! These look positively scrumptious and make me want to get in my car and drive to your house immediately!!! Thank you for sharing the recipes – I can’t wait to make them!! I’m loving this tour!!! ~Hugs! Jennifer

  • Pam Capone

    Oh my gosh those are darling and I do love gingerbread. Can’t wait to see what you have in store for us throughout the month.

  • SuzK

    these look yummy – I’m definitely trying this recipe. We make liebkuchen (thin gingerbread cookies – great for making gingerbread houses) every year using my Austrian grandmother’s recipe – so gingerbread is a big deal in our family. Again, thank you so much for sharing another wonderful project!

  • Thimbleanna

    Now I’m hungry! You have such an eye for making everything beautiful Lisa!!!

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