It’s been TOO long and I’ve made too many shareable delights to delay any longer. One of my favorites from December is my batch of yoga asana cookies. As adorable as they were for the Yuletide season, I think they’ll be even cuter for Valentine’s Day when I outline the gingerbread men in pink. See for yourself…

Firstly, here are the cookie cutters, available at Baked Ideas. I opted for the ten piece set, but you can buy them in sets of five.


Here’s the progression of dough to naked gingerbread men…



…followed by piping of royal icing…


…individually wrapped in baggies for gift giving…


…and pictures of a few of the individual asanas…

Corpse pose
Corpse Pose
Plow Pose
Plow Pose
Lotus Pose
Lotus Pose
Side Angle Twist
Side Angle Twist
Tree Pose
Full Wheel Pose
Full Wheel Pose

…and as decorations in my kitchen…



I used Cook’s Illustrated’s Thick and Chewy Gingerbread Cookie Recipe, which I always use with great results.

For about twenty 5-inch gingerbread people or thirty 3-inch cookies

3 cups all-purpose flour
3/4 cup firmly packed dark brown sugar
1 tablespoon ground cinnamon
1 tablespoon ground ginger
1/2 teaspoon ground cloves
1/2 teaspoon salt
3/4 teaspoon baking soda
12 tablespoons (1 1/2 sticks) unsalted butter, cut into 12 pieces and softened slightly
3/4 cup unsulphured molasses
2 tablespoons milk

1. In food processor workbowl fitted with steel blade, process flour, sugar, cinnamon, ginger, cloves, salt, and baking soda until combined, about 10 seconds. Scatter butter pieces over flour mixture and process until mixture is sandy and resembles very fine meal, about 15 seconds. With machine running, gradually add molasses and milk; process until dough is evenly moistened and forms soft mass, about 10 seconds. Alternatively, in bowl of standing mixer fitted with paddle attachment, stir together flour, sugar, cinnamon, ginger, cloves, salt, and baking soda at low speed until combined, about 30 seconds. Stop mixer and add butter pieces; mix at medium-low speed until mixture is sandy and resembles fine meal, about 1 1/2 minutes. Reduce speed to low and, with mixer running, gradually add molasses and milk; mix until dough is evenly moistened, about 20 seconds. Increase speed to medium and mix until thoroughly combined, about 10 seconds.

2. Scrape dough onto work surface; divide in half. Working with one portion of dough at a time, roll 1/4-inch thick between two large sheets of parchment paper. Leaving dough sandwiched between parchment layers, stack on cookie sheet and freeze until firm, 15 to 20 minutes. (Alternatively, refrigerate dough 2 hours or overnight.)

3. Adjust oven racks to upper- and lower-middle positions and heat oven to 350 degrees. Line two cookie sheets with parchment paper.

4. Remove one dough sheet from freezer; place on work surface. Peel off top parchment sheet and gently lay it back in place. Flip dough over; peel off and discard second parchment layer. Cut dough into 5-inch gingerbread people or 3-inch gingerbread cookies, transferring shapes to parchment-lined cookie sheets with wide metal spatula, spacing them 3/4 inch apart; set scraps aside. Repeat with remaining dough until cookie sheets are full. Bake cookies until set in centers and dough barely retains imprint when touched very gently with fingertip, 8 to 11 minutes, rotating cookie sheets front to back and switching positions top to bottom halfway through baking time. Do not overbake. Cool cookies on sheets 2 minutes, then remove with wide metal spatula to wire rack; cool to room temperature.

5. Gather scraps; repeat rolling, cutting, and baking in steps 2 and 4. Repeat with remaining dough until all dough is used.


10 thoughts on “Yogaopolis: Yoga Asana Cookies–Better Late Than Never

  1. They look sooo cute and I could really go for one of those cookies right now with my coffee. See how much I miss having you so far away.. I like the package and the yoga folks will go crazy about them.. Joep aka dad

  2. Hi Jen,

    Very cool and enticingly delicious cookies.

    How are you?

    I’ve been playing tennis- my 4.5 team that I’m captaining is doing well, loving Pilates on the reformer twice a week. Work is moderate which is nice- Spending time with Jay- he has an amazing attitude- so brave. Not much cooking- have to get back into it.

    Made the Lara bars a few times- now we’re looking for something else. Also have been making the Neiman Marcus chocolate chip cookies- have you tried that recipe? Love it.

    Hope you’re both well.

    No travel plans- happy to be here for Jay as he goes through treatment.

    Will be nice, though- eventually to get someplace warm and beautiful.

    Take care

    Hope all is well with you both




    1. Hi, Laura,
      Thanks for stopping by!
      I started getting sick of the homemade Larabars too and have found a replacement plus something I make for dessert every night. I’ll post them next.
      I’m still running and doing yoga and cannot wait to go paddle boarding once it’s warm enough, which seems months away right now.
      We still hope to see you both sometime in the spring or summer!
      Send my best to Jay!


  3. Yoga Asana Cookies! Surely available in two dozen minimum assortments, or by classification of Corpse Pose, Plow Pose, Lotus Pose, Side Angle Pose, Tree Pose and Full wheel Pose. Minimum of one dozen per designation please! Where do we send the orders??? Jen, your killing me! I am salivating over these……
    Thanks Jen,
    Dick Leste

  4. ‘Valentining’ cookies made easy by this simple organic solution – which my daughter reminded me as the event is upcoming. We use beets, boil them down at a slow simmer until you have thick bright juice, and it is the ultimate fuchsia food coloring. As you recently found my new blog, I thought I would share this tidbit as it relates to your post, and here is the article in which I describe the technique, https://soulandstomach.wordpress.com/2015/01/03/blueberry-beet-winter-salad/
    ~ Georgina @ Soul & Stomach

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