Gingerbread Sailors and Mermaids

Gingerbread Sailors and MermaidsRecipe
Photo: Jim Franco; Styling: Rebecca Donnelly
You can find mermaid cutters at, and gingerbread boys from Decorate with icing, sprinkles, and dragées for a sweet and spicy coastal treat!


Makes about 4 dozen 4-inch cookies

Recipe from

Coastal Living

Recipe Time

Prep: 10 Minutes
Chill: 1 Hours
Bake: 8 Minutes


1 1/2 cups butter
1 1/2 cups firmly packed light brown sugar
1/2 cup honey or molasses
1 large egg
4 cups all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
1 1/2 teaspoons ground ginger
1 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1/2 teaspoon ground cloves
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
Candy decorations and sprinkles (optional)


1. Beat first 2 ingredients at medium speed with an electric mixture until fluffy. Beat in honey and egg.

2. Combine flour and next 5 ingredients. Gradually add flour mixture to butter mixture, beating until blended.

3. Shape dough into 2 flat disks. Cover with plastic wrap; chill at least 1 hour or until firm.

4. Preheat oven to 350°. Line several large baking sheets with parchment paper or nonstick aluminum foil. Roll out dough, 1 section at a time, to 1/4-inch thickness on a floured surface. Cut out gingerbread shapes with cookie cutters. Re-roll trimmed-off dough to make additional cookies. Place 1 inch apart on prepared sheets.

5. Bake cookies, in batches, 8 to 10 minutes. Cool 1 minute on baking sheets; remove to wire racks to cool completely.

6. Decorate cookies with Royal Icing or prepared frosting in a tube, and candy and sprinkles, if desired. Let icing harden at least 1 hour.