How to make Gingy from Shrek

A quick and easy guide on how to decorate Gingy the Gingerbread Man from the Shrek movies!


  • 1 box Pillsbury gingerbread cake & cookie mix
  • 1/2 cup flour
  • 6 T unsalted butter
  • 1 egg
  • 3 pastry bags piping consistency royal icing (a bit of red, a bit of light blue, and a larger amount of white)
  • No. 3 pastry tip (for piping each color)
  • Purple gumdrops


  • Rolling pin
  • Large gingerbread man cookie cutter (Gingy-style)
  • Flour (for rolling your dough)


  1. In a medium bowl, use a spoon to mix together your cookie mix, flour, butter, and egg until combined.

  2. Wrap dough in plastic wrap and chill for 20 minutes.

  3. Sprinkle some flour over a clean, flat surface, and use your rolling pin to roll the dough out to 1/4-1/2 inch thick.

  4. Using your cookie cutter, cut out as many gingerbread men as you can fit. Then re-roll your dough scraps, and cut again.

  5. Transfer cookies to an un-greased cookie sheet and bake at 400 degrees F for 5-6 minutes.

  6. Remove cookies from cookie sheet and allow to cool fully, about 20 minutes.

  7. (Optional) To be really authentic, you can break Gingy's legs in half. He still looks good with his legs still intact, though, and it does give you a sturdier cookie.

  8. Use your white icing to make two round eyes in the middle of his head.

  9. Use your blue icing to draw two high, curved eyebrows.

    Note: Using Gingy's photo helps for reference.

  10. Use your red icing to draw his open-mouthed smile.

  11. Draw a white squiggly line on both of his wrists, his feet, and one across the base of his stomach (like a belt).

  12. If you detached his legs, use a bit of the white icing to attach them back together (skip this part if they're still attached). Then draw three bandages on his right leg, and four on his left.

  13. Use your icing to glue on your gumdrops to his belly. **If the gumdrops are too big for his size, use a sharp knife to cut off the tips, and use those tips as gumdrops instead.

  14. And that's it!

Recipe Notes

For the sake of convenience, I am using a recipe that includes a box mix, but feel free to use your own gingerbread cookie cutout recipe!